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Horse Racing St Mark's Basilica has been retired
St Mark’s Basilica: the Irish Champion Stakes winner has been retired following injury. Photo: Breeders’ Cup (courtesy of Leopardstown Racecourse)

Ireland St Mark’s Basilica retired to stud after injury

St Mark’s Basilica, who beat Tarnawa to claim the Irish Champion Stakes and become the new world #1 on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings, has been retired to Coolmore Stud.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien described the three-year-old, who also won two French Classics and the Coral-Eclipse Stakes this year, as “possibly the best horse we have ever had in Ballydoyle”.

The colt missed the Juddmonte International because of a freak gallops injury in which a loose shoe cut a near-hind leg and, though recovering to run at Leopardstown, the problem has not been completely shaken off.

• Read more on the Coolmore website

France Hurricane Lane to join Adayar in Arc

Godolphin’s St Leger and Irish Derby winner Hurricane Lane will join stablemate Adayar, the King George and Derby winner, in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for which there were 14 acceptors on Monday [Sept 27].

James Doyle will ride Hurricane Lane with William Buick picking Adayar, who is set to be supplemented along with Oaks winner Snowfall (Ryan Moore), who will head an Aidan O’Brien team completed by Love (Frankie Dettori) and Broome (Yutaka Take).

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USA Serious injury avoided in latest Monmouth spill

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez took to Twitter to highlight another incident at Monmouth Park, where whip use is forbidden except for safety, in which two jockeys hit the deck in what was described as “a very scary moment”.

“I don’t see anyone talking about the no crop rule,” he said. “Can’t hold your position or keep your horse’s attention. In the meantime, horses & jockeys keep falling.”

Both riders Hector Diaz and Isaac Castillo and the horse Fatherofthebrides were reported to have escaped serious injury.

Ireland Mother Earth rerouted to Breeders’ Cup

Mother Earth will be rerouted to the Breeders’ Cup by Aidan O’Brien after Santa Barbara sustained a pelvic injury from which she subsequently died. The 1,000 Guineas winner was due to travel to Sydney to race at the Everest Spring Carnival.

• Read more at the Racing Post

Australia Spanish Mission ruled out of Caulfield Cup

Melbourne Cup challenger Spanish Mission has had his trip delayed by a minor setback which will rule him out of the Caulfield Cup. The stayer missed some key workouts after suffering muscle spasms in his flanks and will travel over on a later flight.

• Read more at Racing Victoria

Czech Republic Antonio Fresu wins European Jockeys Cup

Italian rider Antonio Fresu claimed the 2021 edition of the European Jockeys Cup in Prague. He rode two winners to beat Dutchman Adrie de Vries, who was second, with Swede Per-Anders Graberg third.

• Visit the European Jockeys Cup website

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