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Mishriff: the G1 Juddmonte International winner will go to Ascot instead of the Arc. Photo: Qipco British Champions Series

GB Mishriff to skip Arc for Champion Stakes

Juddmonte International winner Mishriff will not contest the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after connections decided to keep him to his optimum 1m2f trip for his next start. The Saudi Cup winner, who recorded his best performance on turf at York where he won by six lengths, will target the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, in which he was only eighth last year.

• Read more at the Racing Post

USA Breeders’ Cup weighing up Bob Baffert participation

Bob Baffert’s participation at the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in November is the subject of a review by the meet’s organisers as a result of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit recording the Hall of Fame trainer’s fifth drug test violation in 12 months. The Breeders’ Cup has provision to refuse entries from anyone whose conduct could compromise the integrity of the event. Baffert is entitled to contribute to the process.

• Read more at the Paulick Report

GB Shadwell scaling down

The racing and breeding operation of the late Hamdan Al Maktoum is carrying out a review which will result in a scaling down of its teams in Britain, Ireland and the US. Shadwell said it will disperse a substantial number of horses in training and homebreds at the sales to focus on quality and high-level competition.

• Read more at the Shadwell Stud website

France Francis-Henri Graffard to become principal Aga Khan trainer

Francis-Henri Graffard is to replace Alain de Royer Dupre as the Aga Khan’s main trainer at his Aiglemont base when de Royer Dupre retires at the end of the season. Graffard, who was assistant to de Royer Dupre before taking out his own licence in 2011, will continue to operate his own stable in Chantilly as well.

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USA Monmouth Park bans jockey for 10 years over buzzer

A jockey spotted holding a suspicious pronged object – an electrical shock device known as a ‘buzzer’ – in his hand in a posting on Monmouth Park’s Facebook page after a recent win at the track has been suspended for ten years. Stewards also fined Tomas Mejia $5,000 and recommended his licence be permanently revoked.

• Read more at The Paulick Report

Hong Kong Jockey Club cancels membership of figures linked to democracy movement

Key figures in Hong Kong’s democracy movement, including Jimmy Lai and Albert Ho, who are both in jail, and Democratic Party founder Martin Lee, are among 14 people whose membership of the Hong Kong Jockey Club has been cancelled.

• Read more at the Hong Kong Standard

USA Swiss Skydiver heading to the sales

Swiss Skydiver, who beat the 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic to land the Preakness Stakes, may have run her last race after it was announced she would go under the hammer at Fasig-Tipton on November 9.

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Germany Andrasch Starke to ride for Markus Klug in 2022

Arc-winning jockey Andrasch Starke is leaving champion trainer Henk Grewe to become stable jockey to Markus Klug next season.

• Read more at Galopponline

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