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Adayar: heads straight to the Arc after picking up a minor leg infection. Photo: Steve Davies/ for IFHA

GB Adayar misses Prix Niel after leg infection

Derby winner Adayar, who added to his Epsom success last time in the King George, has been treated for a hind-leg infection and will head to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe without running in his intended Arc trial on Sunday [Sept 12], the Prix Niel.

Trainer Charlie Appleby described the setback as “minor” and said Irish Derby winner Hurricane Lane would join his stablemate at ParisLongchamp if he excels in the St Leger.

• Read more at the Godolphin website

Japan Marche Lorraine set for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Marche Lorraine, a four-time graded-stakes winner on Japan’s second-tier NAR dirt circuit, has been added to the nation’s team for the Breeders’ Cup. The five-year-old mare is set to contest the Breeders’ Cup Distaff for trainer Yoshito Yahagi, who is also preparing Loves Only You for the Filly & Mare Turf.

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GB Melbourne Cup regular Prince Of Arran retired

Melbourne Cup stalwart Prince Of Arran has been retired after finishing last of five in the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday [Sept 4]. Placed in the last three runnings of the Flemington two-miler, the popular eight-year-old was being prepared for a fourth visit to Australia but trainer Charlie Fellowes revealed he had not been approved for the trip by Racing Victoria’s vets.

• Read more at the Racing Post

France Longchamp saving fresh ground to avoid Arc mudbath

France Galop has announced that a strip of ground has been saved in the final straight at ParisLongchamp for Arc weekend to provide fresh ground for the 100th edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The aim is to produce a denser, consistent and faster-draining course in the event of heavy rain, which has affected recent runnings of the race.

• Read more at the France Galop website

Australia Ex-Singapore star The Inferno opens account

On his second start in Australia, The Inferno recorded his first victory by taking the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday [Sept 4] to put his case for a start in The Everest. In Singapore, where he raced as ‘Inferno’, the sprinter won eight out of nine races but moved with trainer Cliff Brown when he returned to Australia.

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Japan First jockey tests positive for coronavirus

Genki Maruyama has become the first JRA jockey to test positive for coronavirus and has entered isolation.

• Read more at Yahoo Japan

Australia Two jockeys banned for three months for illegal gathering

A breach of COVID-19 protocols in Canberra has led to two jockeys and four stablehands being suspended for three months by RacingNSW. Jockey Billy Owen and apprentice Teagan Martin were banned until November 30 after attending an illegal gathering. Police were also informed.

• Read more at Racenet

UAE Preakness second Everfast joins Doug Watson

Everfast, who finished runner-up to War Of Will in the 2019 Preakness Stakes, has joined the Dubai stable of Doug Watson.

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Australia Trainer banned for three months for criticising state premier

Trainer Norm Loy is to appeal against a three-month ban after he was found guilty by RacingNSW of conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing. The Albury handler called the state’s premier a “moron” and a “mole” in a social media rant about COVID-19.

• Read more at the Herald Sun

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