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Verry Elleegant: will follow the Winx path towards the Cox Plate. Photo: Bradleyphotos.com.au

Australia Verry Elleegant could take Winx route to Cox Plate

After going down by a head to Mo’unga in the G1 Winx Stakes on her first start of the new season, Verry Elleegant could follow the same path as trainer Chris Waller’s record-breaking mare, tackling the George Main and Turnbull Stakes on the way to a crack at the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, which Winx won in 2017 and 2018. Another run in the Melbourne Cup, in which Verry Elleegant was seventh last year, could follow that.

• Read more at Racing.com


USA Four jockeys taken to hospital after seven-horse Del Mar spill

Four jockeys were taken to hospital after they came down in a spill involving seven horses at Del Mar in a 12-runner claiming race later declared a no-contest (August 22). Tyler Baze, Emily Ellingwood, Cesar Ortega and Tiago Pereira were released to go home after examination while there have been no reported injuries suffered by the horses.

• Read more at the Daily Racing Form


GB Reach For The Moon is a live Derby hope for the Queen

The Queen could have a live Classic hope in 2022, the year of her platinum jubilee, after Reach For The Moon captured the G3 Solario Stakes by four lengths at Sandown (August 21). The homebred son of Sea The Stars, trained by John and Thady Gosden, was cut to second favourite for both the 2,000 Guineas and Derby after his impressive victory.

2,000 Guineas betting (Coral): 8 Point Lonsdale, 10 Reach For The Moon, 14 Native Trail, 25 Lusail, Perfect Power, Royal Patronage

Derby (Coral): 8 Point Lonsdale, 10 Reach For The Moon, 25 Newfoundland, Noble Truth, Westover

• Read more at the Guardian


Australia Brenton Avdulla suffers fracture and brain bleed in Randwick fall

G1-winning jockey Brenton Avdulla suffered a displaced fracture of his C7 vertebra and a small bleed on the brain after his mount came down during a G2 race at Randwick (August 21). Avdulla was knocked unconscious but later regained consciousness. He has been released from hospital but faces at least six weeks on the sidelines.

• Read more at News.com.au


Japan Tetsuya Kitsuma suspended for three months for jockey assault

Trainer Tetsuya Kitsuma, who was fined in court for assaulting his apprentice jockey, has had his licence suspended for three months by the Japan Racing Association. Kitsuma, best known as the trainer of 2018 Mile Championship winner Stelvio, was initially suspended in July pending a hearing of the arbitration committee. The sentence will run until October 31.

• Read more at Tokyo Sports


Australia Ben Melham to ride Arc fourth Gold Trip in Cox Plate

Ben Melham, who rode Aidan O’Brien’s Armory to finish second in last year’s Cox Plate, has been booked to partner another European import Gold Trip, last year’s Arc fourth who has joined the stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

• Read more at Racing.com


USA Horses rescued from Ellis Park barn fire

Racing at Ellis Park had to be cancelled after a fire destroyed the receiving barn at the Kentucky track (August 22).

Seven horses stabled in the barn were led to safety, including the two-year-old Bold And Bossy who had escaped onto the highway the day before.

• Read more at the Blood-Horse


Norway Square De Luynes makes winning comeback

The best horse in Scandinavia, Square De Luynes, made a successful return to racing when he captured the G3 Marit Sveaas Memorial Race at Ovrevoll under Pat Cosgrave. The horse dubbed ‘the Frankel of the Fjords’ led home a one-two-three for trainer Niels Petersen on his first start in 11 months.

• Read more at the Ovrevoll Galopp website

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