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Hugo Palmer was dealt a major blow on Thursday evening with Aktabantay ruled out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Palmer has never made any secret of the regard in which he holds his youngster, who claimed the Solario Stakes at Sandown on his penultimate start before failing to get the breaks at Longchamp.
Adam Kirby showed just why he is the go-to man on the all-weather by riding a double on the first day of the new All-Weather Championships season at Lingfield.
Jockey Kenny Johnson appears to have escaped serious injury after a heavy fall at Sedgefield resulted in him being taken to hospital by air ambulance.
Stuart Crawford believes Izzini might not yet have discovered her full potential when she runs in the EBF Lough Construction Ltd Mares Novice Hurdle at Down Royal on Friday.
Jamie Osborne has questioned whether his close friend and ally Jamie Spencer could reverse his decision to retire at the end of the year if Toast Of New York can make his presence felt in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic.
Charlie Appleby's Tearless became the first horse to qualify for All-Weather Championship Finals Day with a clear-cut victory in the 32Red/ebfstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield.
Road To Riches is set to join fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner First Lieutenant in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday. The Galway Plate hero, last seen pushing Sizing Europe all the way at Gowran Park, also has an entry in the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase on the same card, but trainer Noel Meade expects him to tests his powers at the highest level.
Jockey Kenny Johnson was taken to hospital by air ambulance after being knocked unconscious in heavy fall at Sedgefield.
Vert De Grece clinched Group One glory on his first start for Roger Varian with a most impressive display in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.
Cheltenham Festival winner Hawk High could return to Prestbury Park for a tilt at next month's StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle. Tim Easterby's four-year-old claimed the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and though he was unable to make an impact at Grade One level at Aintree in April, he made a winning return at the Merseyside track at the weekend.
Noel Meade is excited to see Apache Stronghold make his chasing debut in the Porter & Co Beginners Chase at Down Royal on Friday.
Richard Hannon admits a good start will be imperative if Osaila can cap a memorable first season for the trainer with a Breeders' Cup winner in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Friday. Osalia has done her bit for the champion trainer-elect, winning the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July and finishing a close fifth in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Colin Bowe has decided to keep improving mare Little King Robin closer to home for the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal on Friday.
Trainer Wesley Ward is confident Royal Ascot hero Hootenanny is "cranked to the maximum" ahead of his bid for Breeders' Cup glory in the Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Friday. Ward has become well known to British racegoers in recent years thanks to his exploits at the Royal meeting, and Hootenanny was regarded by many as one of the bankers of the week in the Windsor Castle Stakes in June.
Recent rain at Newmarket has dampened John Murphy's enthusiasm regarding the chances of Avenue Montaigne in the Irish Stallion Farms "Bosra Sham" EBF Fillies' Stakes on Friday.