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Space Blues retired after Breeders’ Cup Mile success

Space Blues heads into retirement with another Grade One success after victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.

The Godolphin-owned five-year-old got into an excellent early position for stable jockey Buick, and pounced on leader Smooth Like Strait in the final two furlongs to claim victory by half a length, quashing any doubts about his ability over the mile trip.

Like Friday night’s Juvenile Turf, Appleby’s other runner in the race, Master of The Seas, was a late non-runner after playing up in the stalls, with Modern Games getting the job done in that Grade One event.

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Charlie Appleby and William Buick embrace after winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile

A trio of American outsiders were further behind, with Ivar, Raging Bull and Got Stormy in third, fourth and fifth.

Appleby confirmed after the race that Space Blues would be retired, saying: “It’s been an interesting couple of races we’ve had to watch in the last 24 hours!

“It was a fantastic ride by William and I’m delighted for the horse. He’s retired now so for him to go out on a high like this – I’m over the moon.

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Charlie Appleby declared himself ‘over the moon’ after Space Blues ended his racing career with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile

Jockey Buick added: “He’s probably never quite got the recognition he deserves really.

“A mile round here was his game – if he got a low draw, he was going to be in business and they didn’t go a pace which suited him.

“He’s goes to stud now so I’m absolutely delighted that I could do him justice and it worked out nicely. I was a bit nervous because he’s been great to me.”

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Loves Only You and Yuga Kawada wins the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

In the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mares Turf, there was a first Japanese winner of a Breeders’ Cup race as Loves Only You finishes strongest of all to win for Yuga Kawada and Yoshito Yahagi.

It didn’t look likely for most of the race as the Japanese mare was trapped in by Love and Ryan Moore, until Kawada picked a hole and sprinted through to come out on top with half a length to spare from My Sister Nat in second.

Favourite War Like Goddess was back in third, with Love in fourth and 2020 winner Audarya in fifth, after Buick struggled to get a clear run throughout for the James Fanshawe team.

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Aloha West and Dr. Schivel win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint

After the race, an emotional trainer Yahagi said: “It’s unbelievable. We thought it was difficult up the stretch but our team believed we could win a Breeders’ Cup race.

“We are making history in Japanese horseracing. We are delighted.”

In the Sprint, it was a nail-biting finish as Wayne Catalano-trained Aloha West and Jose Ortiz came from the clouds to deny Dr. Schivel in dramatic fashion.

Dr. Schivel and Flavien Prat looked to have the race in the bag after seeing off favourite Jackie’s Warrior around the bend, but was reeled in close home by Aloha West and Ortiz after a photo finish that took the stewards over two minutes to call.

Jackie’s Warrior, who went off the odds-on favourite for Steven Asmussen and Joel Rosario, faded tamely in the final furlong after being hassled for the lead and finished only sixth.

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The Chase contestant's big Golden Mile blunder astounds fans

Viewers of the hit ITV quiz show The Chase were up in arms today when a contestant made a big blunder.

Alan, a Special Educational Needs teacher in Salford, was the first contestant out of Gary, Sue, Kiera and Alan to go forward for the cash builder and then face the chaser.

He chatted to host Bradley Walsh before the cash builder – and revealed that in his spare time the 34-year-old liked to play golf and cook spicy foods like curries and Thai cusine.

If he won some cash Alan said he wanted to buy his other half Gina a car so she could pick him up from the pub.

Alan scored £6,000 in his cash builder and decided to play for that amount in his head to head with The Chaser – revealed as The Governess, Anne Hegerty, tonight, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Alan was doing well with his questions, but on his final question he made a big error which viewers were quick to pick up on.

The question asked which tourist destination was the furthest North and Alan correctly chose ‘The Golden Mile’.

He may have got the question right, but his knowledge of where it is was a bit off, as he remarked: “It’s in Edinburgh isn’t it?”

Bradley looked a bit shocked before he took a second to say “yeah, absolutely” – but not able to tell him how wrong he was.

Alan asked: “Is it Edinburgh?” and Bradley added “oh yeah, 100 per cent” as the audience laughed.

Bradley said once more: “I think it is Edinburgh” as the audience laughed – and revealed Alan had got it right.

After Anne said: “It’s the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, The Golden Mile is in Blackpool.”

Alan commented: “That’s where my other half is from, Blackpool” – to which Anne said: “well, you should have known that,” before he returned to his team with £6,000 in the bag.

And viewers were quick to slam Alan’s answer on Twitter.

Kevin Field said: “The Golden Mile, with the “Edinburgh Tower'”

Gary B said: “The Golden Mile is Blackpool you plank.”

Lois Prior said: “Omg Edinburgh??! #TheChase ”

And Ryan Glendenning said: “Everyone in Blackpool feeling insulted that Alan doesn’t know the golden mile.”

The Chase is on ITV every weekday from 5pm, and you can catch up on ITV Hub

Author: news@hulldailymail.co.uk (Andrew Stuart)
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Grand National horse dies: The Long Mile put down in sixth death in last 10 years

A third said: “Sad for JP he wins the race but sadly the long mile is not coming home.”

A fourth wrote: “So sorry for The Long Mile and all connections at the stable.”

The Jockey Club has made several changes over the years to safety and welfare measures for riders and horses.

In the last decade, more than £2million has been spent on horse welfare measures on fences, landing areas and the ground at Aintree.

Both horses and jockeys are also required to meet stringent standards of fitness.

Every horse before the Grand National Festival also undergoes pre-race checks from a veterinarian to determine whether they are fit to race.

Races on the Grand National Course (three across the three-day Randox Grand National Festival) remain unique but fair challenges for horse and rider, but the evidence suggests, increasingly safer ones. Since 2012 there have only been two equine fatalities in the Randox Grand National from 318 runners.