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Tarnawa: the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner has been retired. Photo: Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire (Scott Serio)

Ireland Breeders’ Cup heroine Tarnawa retired

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa has been retired in the wake of her disappointing defence of her title at Del Mar, where she finished 11th.

Trainer Dermot Weld described the Aga Khan-owned mare as among the best he has trained in his 50-year career as she headed to the paddocks with a record of nine wins from 18 starts including three at G1 level and total prize-money of £3.4 million.

The highlight was her victory over Magical at Keeneland last year but she also ran two huge races in defeat this year, finishing second to St Mark’s Basilica in the Irish Champion Stakes and filling the same place behind Torquator Tasso in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

• Read more at the Racing Post 


Australia Golden Eagle purse raised to A$8 million

Sydney’s Spring Carnival will host the two richest races in Australia after RacingNSW lifted the purse for the G1 Golden Eagle to A$8 million (£4.38m) from next year. The prize-money hike relegates the Melbourne Cup, worth A$7.75m, to third in the list, which is topped by the $15m Everest.

• Read more at RacingNSW


USA Japanese buyers in shopping spree

Hard on the heels of two wins for Japan at the Breeders’ Cup, the country’s leading owner-breeders, the Yoshida family, embarked on a $12.7 million spending spree for top fillies and mares at Fasig-Tipton’s November Sale, where 2020 Preakness Stakes winner Swiss Skydiver sold to Northern Farm and Mongolian Changa, the dam of Medina Spirit, was bought by Shadai Farm.

• Read more at the Bloodhorse


Ireland Derby hope Sissoko sold

Sissoko, who became a leading candidate for the 2022 Derby after finishing second in the G1 Vertem Futurity for Donnacha O’Brien, has been sold to continue his career in Hong Kong.

• Read more at the Racing Post


USA All Breeders’ Cup samples clear

The California Horse Racing Board announced that no traces of banned substances were found in any runners sampled during the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, which took place without the use of Lasix. In addition no fatalities or observable injuries to horses were recorded.

• Read more on the CHRB website


Singapore Lim’s Lightning strikes rare double

The Daniel Meagher-trained Lim’s Lightning made history in Singapore by becoming the first horse to win the twin highlights, the Lion City Cup and Singapore Gold Cup. The feat is remarkable because the Lion City Cup is run over 1,200m (6f) and the Singapore Gold Cup 2,000m (1m2f).

• Read more at the Singapore Turf Club


Hong Kong Tony Piccone released from contract

French jockey Tony Piccone has cut short his stay in Hong Kong and returned to France. The rider, who partnered Wonderful Tonight to G1 success last year, rode nine winners in his first season, but progress this term has been hindered by an ankle injury.

• Read more at the South China Morning Post

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