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St Mark’s Basiiica: Coral-Eclipse winner misses the Juddmonte International at York. Photo: British Champions Series

Ireland Late setback rules St Mark’s Basilica out of Juddmonte

Aidan O’Brien’s top three-year-old colt St Mark’s Basilica was ruled out of the Juddmonte International after suffering a freak injury on the gallops. While the dual French Classic winner was working towards the York feature, a front shoe flew off and caught his off-hind leg, leaving a cut. Love takes his place in the field for the £1 million contest.

• Read more at At The Races

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USA Todd Pletcher tests positive for Covid

Top trainer Todd Pletcher is isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. Pletcher, who attended the August 6 ceremony at which he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, said he has been following the recommendations by staying away from his barn since he was diagnosed.

• Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News

France Boudot suspended for a further six months

Three-time champion Flat jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot, who has been charged with rape, has been suspended, along with weighing-room colleague Pierre Bazire, for another six months by France Galop commissioners while they await criminal proceedings. Bezire has been charged with failing to report a crime over the same incident. Both riders deny the charges.

• Read more at the BBC website

Ireland Alpine Star retired after Marois defeat

Royal Ascot winner Alpine Star has been retired from racing after the Niarchos family-owned filly finished last of eight in the Prix Jacques Le Marois on Sunday [August 15]. Trained by Jessica Harrington, she won three of her nine starts, enjoying her biggest success in last year’s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

• Read more at the Thorougbred Daily News

Hong Kong Golden Sixty could target Yasuda Kinen in 2022

Horse of the Year Golden Sixty could venture outside Hong Kong for the first time in his career to contest Japan’s Yasuda Kinen next year. Trainer Francis Lui namechecked the race as a potential target while the superstar racehorse continues his summer holiday.

Japan Cristian Demuro booked for Deep Bond

Last year’s Arc-winning rider Cristian Demuro has been booked to partner Japan’s Deep Bond in this year’s contest on October 3.

• Read more at Jour de Galop

Australia Glen Boss to ride Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise

Glen Boss has beaten Craig Williams and Jamie Kah to the mount on Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise. Sydney-based Boss, a three-time Cup winner, has committed to riding in Melbourne over the Spring Carnival.

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