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Mandaloun (left): to be trained for the Saudi Cup after injury ruled him out of the Breeders’ Cup. Photo: Monmouth Park/Bill Denver (Equi-Photo)

USA Mandaloun out of Breeders’ Cup but targeting Saudi Cup

Mandaloun, the colt in line to be awarded the Kentucky Derby if the disqualification of Medina Spirit is ratified, is to be aimed at next year’s Saudi Cup after suffering an injury which has ruled him out of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Juddmonte homebred has been sidelined with a sore heel since his latest victory in the G1 Haskell for trainer Brad Cox.

• Read more at the Bloodhorse

France Campanelle aims for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Dual Royal Ascot winner Campanelle will return to the US to be prepared for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint after finishing last in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday [August 8].

Unable to be ponied to the start, as she has been at Ascot and in the US, the Wesley Ward-trained filly became upset in the stalls and her head struck Frankie Dettori in the face as she reared up exiting the stalls.

• Read more at At The Races

GB Neill Callan back riding full-time in Britain

Neil Callan, who has spent the last eight years riding in Hong Kong, has picked up his career again in Britain. He had his first ride since his return at Wolverhampton on Monday [August 9], finishing fifth on 4-1 favourite Soaring Star.

• Read more at the Sun website

France Arc runner-up In Swoop retired after injury

Last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe second In Swoop, who also won the German Derby, has been retired due to a serious injury after his latest start in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

• Read more at the Racing Post

Ireland Tarnawa heading to Irish Champion Stakes

Tarnawa is set to be aimed at the Irish Champion Stakes after the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner ran out an easy winner of a Leopardstown G3 event on Thursday [August 5] on her first start of 2021. Trainer Dermot Weld has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as her ultimate goal.

• Read more at the Racing Post website

New Zealand NZ Derby winner Rocket Spade moves to Hong Kong

NZ Derby winner Rocket Spade is to continue his career with Caspar Fownes in Hong Kong after being switched from co-trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott by his Hong Kong connections.

• Read more at the New Zealand Herald

GB St Leger winner Logician retired

The 2019 St Leger winner Logician will not race again after being acquired as a National Hunt stallion by Shade Oak Stud. The Juddmonte-bred and owned grey ran twice this year, finishing second in a Listed race at Newmarket in June.

• Read more at the Racing Post

Australia Birdsville races postponed again due to COVID-19

The iconic Birdsville races, known as the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’, have been postponed for the second year because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Queensland organisers have rescheduled the event to April 2022 when it will also take place in its traditional slot during the first weekend of September.

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