News flashes: Dubai for Hot Rod Charlie, Royal Ascot purse hike, Markus Klug on probation – and more

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Hot Rod Charlie: one of 11 horses set to run at Dubai Carnival for Doug O’Neill. Photo: Hodges Photography/Amanda Hodges Weir

UAE Hot Rod Charlie among Dubai Carnival invitees

Hot Rod Charlie, third in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont Stakes, is the headline act among the overseas invitees for the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which starts on January 13.

The Belmont Stakes runner-up, who won the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, is one of 11 horses entered by US trainer Doug O’Neill for an event that has attracted horses from 17 countries. Hot Rod Charlie is set to reappear in the G2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita (Dec 26) before being shipped to Dubai.

Cox Plate winner State Of Rest, dual Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song, globetrotting veteran Lord Glitters and Prix de l’Abbaye winner A Case Of You are among the European nominees.

Hot Rod Charlie, whose owners include a group of former college classmates, has been voted the winner of the Vox Populi Award, given annually by the family of Secretariat’s owner-breeder Penny Chenery.

• Read more at the Dubai Racing Club


GB Royal Ascot prize-money boost

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Platinum (formerly Diamond) Jubilee Stakes will be worth £1 million each next year at Royal Ascot as the track announced a £1.3 million lift in total purses.

The opening day, featuring three G1 races, will become the meeting’s first £2 million raceday and no race will be worth less than £100,000.

• Visit the Ascot website


Germany Suspended sentence for Markus Klug after doping violations

Leading trainer Markus Klug has been given a six-month ban – which he will serve only if he commits another offence during an 18-month probationary period – and fined 4,000 after two of his horses tested positive for prohibited substances. Klug is second in the German trainers’ rankings in 2021 with 54 wins.

.• Read more at Galopponline


USA Edgard Zayas to undergo surgery

Leading Gulfstream Park jockey Edgard Zayas will be out of action until late March at the earliest while he undergoes shoulder surgery. Zayas has ridden 225 winners in 2021.


Hong Kong Zac Purton wins third jockeys’ challenge

Zac Purton clinched a record-equalling third victory in the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship without winning any of the four races at Happy Valley. He rode three seconds and a third to beat Hollie Doyle, Tom Marquand, James McDonald and Mickael Barzalona who shared second place.

• Read more at the Hong Kong Jockey Club


Australia Death of trailblazer Choisir

Trailblazing sprinter Choisir, who conquered Royal Ascot with wins in both the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes before finishing second in the July Cup in 2003, has died at stud in Australia. He was 22.

• Read more at Coolmore.com


GB William Haggas to target Saudi Cup with Grocer Jack

Dual German G3 winner Grocer Jack, who was sold for 700,000gns at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training sale, is to be trained for the Saudi Cup by his new trainer William Haggas.

• Read more at the Racing Post

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