Issue 750

37 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 ON THE RECORD 5... RAINBOW BRIDGE Five times a Grade One winner, Rainbow Bridge, South Africa’s reigning Horse of the Year, has been retired through injury after coming third in the Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth in Cape Town earlier this month. The 7yo gelding was well fancied to record a third victory in Cape Town’s biggest race, the Sun Met, which he won in 2019 and 2021. However, Rainbow Bridge was found to have jarred up his near-fore on his last run, prompting trainer Eric Sands and owners Mike and Norma Rattray to retire their star. 77... ALL-STAR MILE A total of 77 entries for the All-Star Mile, the world’s richest mile race at Flemington on 19 March, are headed by Australia’s darling of the turf Verry Elleegant. Trainer Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup heroine is set to cut back a mile for the novel A$5m ($3.6m) contest, where the majority of the field is decided by public ballot. Entries also include NZ Horse of the Year Probabeel; voting opens on 24 January and closes on 13 February. 4... JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION The eighth race at Chukyo on Sunday, won by the Yuga Kawada-ridden Seleccion, was notable indeed as it was the first time in more than nine years that a race on the JRA circuit has involved as few as only four runners. With Naniwa Sateoki a non-runner, only four went to post for the Baiko Sho, a Stakes race over 2200m. There have been only three four runner events in the last 30 years on the JRA circuit; the most recent before Sunday was August 2012. Yuga Kawada Verry Elleegant