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Vincent O’Brien: inducted to Hall of Fame with Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard and Mill Reef. Photo: British Champions Series

GB Legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien enters Hall of Fame

Legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien has become the first trainer to be inducted to the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame.

Nijinsky, who O’Brien trained to win the triple crown of the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger in 1970, joined him along with two other titans of the 1970s, Brigadier Gerard and Mill Reef.

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GB Wonderful Tonight’s career ended by injury

G1-winning filly Wonderful Tonight has been retired after suffering a career-ending injury during preparation for Arc Trials weekend [September 12]. The David Menuisier-trained four-year-old, who was due to have her warm-up for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the Prix Foy, fractured a fetlock in training.

Derby winner Adayar is the new favourite for the Arc after Snowfall lost her unbeaten record with a shock defeat in the Prix Vermeille.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe betting (Coral): 100-30 Adayar, 7-2 Tarnawa, 9-2 Hurricane Lane, 6 Snowfall, 8 Mishriff, St Mark’s Basilica, 9 Chrono Genesis, 16 Teona, 20 Deep Bond, Efforia, Love, 25 bar.

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USA Baffert hit by changes to Kentucky Derby eligibility

Churchill Downs has announced changes to how the line-up for the Kentucky Derby is determined by declaring points earned by horses with links to a suspended trainer will not be counted.

The rule, which will also apply to the Kentucky Oaks when it comes into force from September 30, would prevent Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert from training a horse up to the Kentucky Derby where it would run for another stable.

Baffert was suspended from making entries at Churchill Downs for two years after Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance following his win in the first leg of the Triple Crown. 

• Read more at the Associated Press

UAE Craig Evans gives up Meydan commentator role

The 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival will need a new commentator after Craig Evans announced he would not be returning after four years in the booth. Evans said COVID-19 travel restrictions had made it difficult to get to Dubai from his home in Australia.

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USA Supplier of blood builder drugs jailed

A former pharmacist who produced and supplied illegal performance-enhancing drugs to the racing industry for at least nine years has been jailed for 18 months and ordered to forfeit over $8 million. Scott Mangini provided blood builders which he claimed conventional drug testing would not be able to detect.

He was the latest to be sentenced out of 29 individuals, including trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis, who have been charged following a widespread investigation into the use of illegal drugs in horse racing.

• Read more at the Paulick Report

Hong Kong Engelbrecht-Bresges is new IFHA chairman

Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has been appointed the next chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. He will succeed Louis Romanet, who has led the organisation since its establishment in 1994.

• Read more at the IFHA website

Australia Trainer disqualified and vet suspended over steroid use

Mark Gwynne, a trainer based in Armidale, New South Wales who has been licensed for 40 years, has been disqualified for 22 months after admitting that he injected one of his horses with a banned anabolic steroid. The vet who supplied the drug, Ronald Raymer, had his permit suspended for 12 months.

• Read more at RacingNSW

Singapore Jockey Van der Merwe banned over non-trier

South African jockey JP Van der Merwe has been suspended for 12 months by the Singapore Turf Club for failing to give Fast And Fearless the full opportunity of winning or of obtaining the best possible placing in a race at Kranji on September 4. He has lodged an appeal, but has not been granted a stay of penalty, over what one South African observer described as a “gross and alarming miscarriage of justice”.

• Read more at the Singapore Turf Club

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