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Happy days: Starman, with connections after winning the July Cup, has been retired. Photo:

GB July Cup winner Starman retired to stud following setback

July Cup winner Starman has been retired to Tally Ho Stud in Ireland after he suffered a setback during preparations for the Qipco British Champions Sprint. 

Owner-breeder David Ward has retained a stake in the Ed Walker-trained four-year-old, who won five of his eight starts, the highlight coming with his defeat of Dragon Symbol and Oxted in the Newmarket G1.

• Read more on the Tally Ho Stud website

Australia Craig Williams switches Cox Plate ride after Zaaki defeat

Two days after partnering Zaaki in a shock defeat in the G1 Might And Power Stakes [Oct 9], jockey Craig Williams gave up the mount for the Cox Plate, switching to Godolphin’s Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe. 

Williams may have had to step aside anyway, with regular rider James McDonald expected to apply for a travel permit from Sydney to Melbourne – as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease – for the weight-for-age championship race.

• Read more at Racenet

Germany Top two-year-old injured in wake of nine-length win

Celebrations of Sea Bay’s outstanding win in Germany’s top race for two-year-olds, the G3 Preis der Winterfavoriten in Cologne, were cut short after it emerged the Henk Grewe-trained colt had suffered a fracture to his near-fore. Jockey Adrie de Vries dismounted the son of New Bay before he reached the unsaddling area and the colt was transferred to an equine hospital to have screws inserted.

• Read more at the Grewe stable website

GB Champion jockey Oisin Murphy fails breathalyser

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy missed a G1 day at Newmarket [Oct 8] after being stood down for failing a breathalyser test before racing. The BHA will consider whether to take further action against Murphy, who failed a similar test in 2019.

• Read more at the Daily Mail

Germany King George and Arc on 2022 agenda for Torquator Tasso

Surprise Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso could travel to Britain in 2022 for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as part of a campaign which will target a second Arc after connections decided to keep him in training.

• Read more at Galopponline

GB Queen enters Hall of Fame

The Queen has been inducted into the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame, within the special contributor category, in recognition of eight decades of involvement with the sport.

• Read more at the Hall of Fame website

Germany Derby winner Sisfahan to target Breeders’ Cup

German Derby winner Sisfahan, who finished second to Torquator Tasso in the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden, will have his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar.

• Read more at Thoroughbred Daily News

USA 30-day non-trier ban for jockey in race won by gambled-on stablemate

Gulfstream Park stewards have suspended jockey Carlos Lugo for 30 days for failing to ride out the filly Princess Tereska, who finished fourth in a race won by gambled-on stablemate Rubysa.

• Read more at the Paulick Report

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