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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Ranger now with Joseph O'Brien and bound for Melbourne Cup

2016 Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger has moved to Joseph O'Brien and will head to Australia
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US Army Ranger has moved from father to son in an attempt to reignite the spark which saw him finish second to Harzand in the 2016 Epsom Derby. 

Joseph O'Brien has been handed the baton from his father Aidan and his first move is to send the son of Galileo to Australia for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup along with stablemate Rekindling.

A switch to hurdles, though, is not part of the plan at the moment for the four-year-old.

"I'm training US Army Ranger now and we're hoping the switch of stables might freshen him up," said his new trainer on Monday.

"He heads to Australia with Rekindling and both of them seem to be in very good form. At the moment hurdling is not something we are thinking about for US Army Ranger."

No serious Kelso injuries for Fox

Grand National-winning jockey Derek Fox suffered no serious injury in his last-race fall at Kelso on Sunday, but faces a concussion test before he can resume riding.

The 25-year-old was sent home only hours after being taken to Borders General Hospital in Galashiels.

Fox, who learned this week the Lucinda Russell-trained Aintree hero One For Arthur is out for the season with a tendon problem, suffered no broken bones and is looking forward to getting back in the saddle at the earliest opportunity.

He said on Monday: "I'm not too bad. It was just a bang on the head. There are no broken bones and the head scan came back clear, so it's now just a case of waiting for a concussion test, which I can't do for seven days, and then hopefully returning to the racecourse."

Despite the disappointment of One For Arthur's injury, Fox is in no doubt the eight-year-old will be back next season and reckons there is plenty more to look forward to at Russell's.

He added: "It's been a difficult few days, but One For Arthur is in good hands and I'm sure Lucinda will get him back. In the meantime she's got a lot of nice horses coming through, so I'm still looking forward to a good season with plenty of winners."

New fillies' handicap at Nottingham

Nottingham's autumn programme has been strengthened with the addition of a new staying handicap for fillies and mares.

The 1m6f Class 3 contest – which is being sponsored by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association – will take place a week on Wednesday October 18.

TBA chief executive Claire Sheppard said: “The TBA is delighted that Nottingham is supporting the programme of valuable opportunities for staying fillies with the staging of the £25,000 TBA Centenary Fillies’ Handicap.”

Question of Sport tickets

Tickets are still available for Newmarket's Question of Sport in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, featuring team captains Frankie Dettori and Jim Crowley.

The quiz, which takes place at Tattersalls on Friday, November 10, will be hosted by Clare Balding. Prices start from £15 for the quiz only, to £65 for tickets plus a three-course meal – not £36 as previously stated in RPSunday.


Read exclusive previews from 6pm daily on racingpost.com


 

 

 

 

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