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Robert Thompson: winningmost rider in Australian racing history has announced his retirement. Photo: Racing and Sports

Australia All-time record holder Robert Thompson retires aged 63

Robert Thompson, the all-time record holder for career victories as a jockey in Australia, has announced his retirement at the age of 63.

“I’ve definitely finished,’’ Thompson said, speaking to journalist Ray Thomas at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “I’m 63, I’m not getting any younger and I’m sick of the travelling and the wasting. I’ve done it for 49 years and I’ve had my ‘fun in the sun’. I’ve decided that’s enough for me, it’s time.’’

Thompson retires with 4,447 winners to his name after a career spanning nearly 50 years, having started out as a 14-year-old apprentice in 1973. The Hall of Famer rode seven G1 winners in a career spent largely on country tracks.

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Hong Kong Japan and Broome withdrawn from HKIR

After finishing down the field in the Japan Cup, both Japan and Broome have been withdrawn from the Hong Kong Cup and HK Vase respectively by trainer Aidan O’Brien. Japan will retire to stud in Germany after a deal was completed with Gestut Elzean.

• Read more at the Racing Post

USA California Chrome trainer Sherman to retire

Art Sherman, whose name is synonymous with US superstar California Chrome, has announced he will retire in December at the end of the Los Alamitos meet after seven decades in the sport.

Sherman, 84, began his career as the regular work rider of legendary 1955 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps. He went on to ride 900 winners as a jockey and won more than 2,300 races as a trainer, gaining wider fame late in his career thanks to the exploits of California Chrome, one of the most popular horses of the 21st century in the US after winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Dubai World Cup.

• Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune

GB Tylicki vs Gibbons case begins

Former jockey Freddie Tylicki’s lawsuit against fellow rider Graham Gibbons for allegedly causing the fall in October 2016 that led to him being paralysed from the waist down has begun in London’s High Court. Tylicki, for whom Ryan Moore will appear as an expert witness, is seeking £6 million in damages.

• Read more at the Daily Mail

France New dates for Cravache d’Or contest

France’s Flat jockeys’ championship will be settled by winners recorded between March 1 and October 30 from next year after a vote among the members of the riders’ trade association to change the dates of the contest, which has traditionally operated on a calendar-year basis.

• Read more at Equidia

Ireland HRI announce winter break for Flat jockeys

Horse Racing Ireland have granted senior Flat jockeys a month-long winter break from December 22 to January 18. Only apprentices or jockeys with fewer than 20 wins during the turf season will be eligible to ride at the three Dundalk meetings scheduled during the period.

• Read more at RTE

Australia Top Perth trainers Grant and Alana Williams to open satellite yard

Western Australia’s most potent training partnership, the husband-and-wife team of Grant and Alana Williams, are to open a boutique stable in Melbourne.

They hope to expand their owners’ base having trained almost exclusively for leading owner-breeder Bob Peters for the past ten years, an association which has produced G1 performers such as Arcadia Queen and Regal Power.

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Singapore Aussie jockeys Stewart and Bayliss moving to Kranji

Australians Ronnie Stewart and Jake Bayliss will join South Africa’s Derreck David as new expatriate jockeys in Singapore after being granted licences from January 1.

• Read more at the Singapore Turf Club

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