News flashes: Colin Keane back on Tarnawa at Breeders’ Cup, Mishriff for Saudi Cup, Zaaki for Mackinnon and more …

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Tarnawa (Colin Keane) wins the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland in 2020. Photo: Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire (Alex Evers)

Ireland Colin Keane to ride Tarnawa at Breeders’ Cup

Champion jockey Colin Keane will be back aboard Tarnawa when she attempts to win back-to-back runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf. 

The mare was ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the Aga Khan’s retained jockey in France, when she finished second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but trainer Dermot Weld has confirmed that Keane will return on Tarnawa at Del Mar.

Keane only took over from Soumillon when the Belgian tested positive for Covid-19 in Keeneland last year but has kept the ride since in Ireland since becoming Weld’s first-choice rider.

• Read more at the Irish Times


GB Mishriff stays in training with Saudi Cup goal

Saudi Cup winner Mishriff, whose season ended disappointingly when he finished fourth in the Champion Stakes, will stay in training next year. John Gosden said the colt would not take in this year’s Breeders’ Cup but would be freshened up for the Saudi Cup with the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt a long-range target.

• Read more at the Daily Racing Form


Australia Zaaki set for Mackinnon after Cox Plate scratch

Zaaki could be rerouted to the G1 Mackinnon Stakes on November 6 after having to miss the Cox Plate after he spiked a temperature on the day of the race, which was won in a tight finish by the Joseph O’Brien-trained State Of Rest under jockey Johnny Allen.

• Read more at Racenet


GB Star miler Palace Pier retired

Five-time G1 winner Palace Pier, world champion miler in 2020, has been retired to Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud after finishing second to Baaeed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

• Read more at the Darley website


USA Maxfield to miss Breeders’ Cup

Godolphin’s Maxfield, runner-up in both the Woodward and Whitney Stakes, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Classic and wait instead for the G1 Clark Handicap [Nov 26] at Churchill Downs, where he is unbeaten in four starts. In other Classic news, Irad Ortiz has been booked for Pacific Classic winner Tripoli.

• Read more at the Paulick Report


USA Simon Callaghan suspended over shockwave therapy violation

British trainer Simon Callaghan has been suspended for 15 days and fined $5,000 by Santa Anita stewards for breaching California’s shockwave therapy treatment protocols. The trainer has lodged an appeal but has not been granted a stay of suspension.

• Read more at the Bloodhorse


Singapore Vlad Duric heading back to Australia

Four-time champion Vlad Duric, who has not ridden at Kranji since August due to a bout of kidney stones, has announced he is returning to Australia for good. Duric has withdrawn his application for a new licence in 2022.

• Read more at the Singapore Turf Club

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