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Jack Kennedy misses remainder of Galway but won't require surgery on shoulder

Jack Kennedy will rest to allow his shoulder to recuperate
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Jack Kennedy is set to have a couple of days on the sidelines and will miss the remainder of the Galway festival as he allows his shoulder to recuperate after a fall from De Plotting Shed in the Galway Plate.

The leading jump jockey had an x-ray on the injury on Saturday morning which has come back clear, meaning he won't require surgery.

Kennedy came to grief at the ninth fence in Wednesday's Tote-backed feature but managed to take up his intended mounts the following day, finishing second on Caltex in a beginners' chase and down the field on Cartwright in the Galway Hurdle.

However, he had to miss the ride on former Irish Grand National winner Thunder And Roses in Friday's Blazers Handicap Chase and will not be in a position to ride this weekend.

The 19-year-old told the Racing Post: "I'm okay but I'll just have to give it a few days of rest. I had an x-ray on Saturday morning which thankfully came back clear."

He added: "I'll see how it progresses over the coming days and work away from there in terms of a return."

Unibet to continue sponsoring Champion Hurdle until 2023

Unibet will remain the sponsor of the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival until 2023 following a five-year extension.

As part of the deal, Unibet will also sponsor the four-race Unibet Road to Cheltenham, which comprises the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton, Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, International Hurdle at Cheltenham and Haydock's Champion Hurdle Trial.

Nicky Henderson, who will attempt to win the Champion Hurdle for a third consecutive season with Buveur D'Air, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled Unibet are continuing sponsorship of the Champion Hurdle, not least because it has brought us a lot of luck since our association with them, and since they have sponsored the race.

"Hopefully, Buveur D'Air can complete the Unibet Champion Hurdle hat-trick to celebrate!"

Dunlop memorial service

The service of thanksgiving for the late Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, September 19. The venue is St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London.

Dunlop, who died last month aged 78, won the Derby with Shirley Heights and Erhaab and saddled more than 3,500 winners in an illustrious career. His racing legacy has continued through the training exploits of sons Ed and Harry.

Maximum field for Maurice de Gheest

Sunday's Group 1 Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville has drawn a maximum field of 20, a dozen of whom are trained in Britain or Ireland.

Aidan O'Brien runs Fleet Review, the mount of Ryan Moore, Intelligence Cross (Padraig Beggy) and Actress (Wayne Lordan), while Brando, The Tin Man and Sands Of Mali are among the British-trained challengers.

Maurice de Gheest declarations

Paddy Power Betfair's US arm agrees deal with Boyd

Paddy Power Betfair's American subsidiary FanDuel Group has agreed a deal with US casino company Boyd Gaming to co-operate in the sports betting markets opened up by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The deal means FanDuel will gain market access in several states and will provide Boyd Gaming with technology and related services.

Along with FanDuel's existing market access deals in New Jersey, New York and West Virginia, they will potentially have access to 15 states nationwide.

Paddy Power Betfair said that, as part of the deal, Boyd Gaming will take a four per cent equity stake in FanDuel Group and have an option to purchase a further one per cent.

The announcement comes just a few days after Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC Holdings announced a £153 million joint venture in the US with MGM Resorts International.

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I'm okay but I'll just have to give it a few days of rest. I had an x-ray on Saturday morning which thankfully came back clear
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