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Bob Baffert: horses including Medina Spirit face additional checks before they can compete at Breeders’ Cup. Photo: Benoit

USA Bob Baffert cleared for Breeders’ Cup

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be permitted to have runners at the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar on November 5-6 – but his horses will have to undergo “enhanced out-of-competition, pre- and post-race testing” as well as other protocols.

Baffert will have to meet the costs of the extra testing following a review of the trainer’s recent history of drug violations, the latest coming after Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance after winning the Kentucky Derby in May.

• Read more at the Paulick Report website

Australia Melbourne Cup penalty for Incentivise

Incentivise will carry a 1.5kg (3lb) penalty in the Melbourne Cup after he landed the Caulfield Cup by 3½ lengths on Saturday [Oct 16] for his ninth successive victory. Racing Victoria executive general manager Greg Carpenter described the performance as the most impressive since Might And Power broke the track record in a 7½-length win in 1997.

Melbourne Cup betting (Ladbrokes): 7-4 Incentivise, 11-2 Spanish Mission, 12 Grand Promenade, Twilight Payment, 14 Away He Goes, 16 Gold Trip, Persan, Verry Elleegant, Young Werther, 20 bar.

• Read more at the Racing Victoria website

Ireland Poetic Flare to stud in Japan

2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare has been retired to stand as a stallion at Shadai Stallion Station on Japan’s Hokkaido horse island. The three-year-old was bred, owned and trained by Jim Bolger and, as well as winning the Newmarket Classic, also landed the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

• Read more at Thoroughbred Daily News

Japan Top dirt horse Chrysoberyl retired

Leading dirt performer Chrysoberyl has been retired from racing after he was diagnosed with asthma. The five-year-old, who won four times at G1 level and finished seventh in the 2020 Saudi Cup, will take up stud duties at Shadai Stallion Station.

• Read more at NetKeiba

Ireland Cox Plate runner-up Armory off to Australia

Armory, who finished second to former stablemate Sir Dragonet in the 2020 Cox Plate for Aidan O’Brien, has been sold to continue his career with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in Australia.

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GB Ben Curtis takes rest of year off for surgery

After finishing seventh in the Flat jockeys’ championship, Ben Curtis has announced he is taking the rest of 2021 off to undergo surgery. Despite riding 123 winners this year altogether, the 2019-20 all-weather champion said he has been in “constant pain”.

Japan Nanako Fujita fractures clavicle again

Having been off for a month with a broken clavicle in February, Nanako Fujita has been sidelined again by another similar fracture. The leading female rider had surgery to remove a metal plate in September but the injury recurred during a race at Niigata.

• Read more at NetKeiba

Australia Glen Boss moves back to Melbourne

Glen Boss, one of three jockeys to have secured permission to travel from Sydney to Melbourne to ride in the Cox Plate, has decided to stay permanently in Melbourne to be nearer to his children. The four-time Cox Plate winner has not been based in Melbourne since he left for Singapore in 2016, after which he set up in Sydney.

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Libya Preparations under way for showpiece meeting

The Libyan Horseracing Authority is accepting international entries for the main thoroughbred prize, a Listed 1m2f race, at the Marcos Arc Cup Racing Festival, which offers total prize-money of LD1.5 million (£240,000) in Tripoli on November 7.

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