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Reign over for star filly

2017 G1 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain {Aus}) has been retired.

The mare's current owners Darby Racing confirmed on Wednesday that inflammation was discovered in her lower airway after it was reported she had bled from one nostril after trackwork last Saturday.

They confirmed her racing days are over and it is expected she will now transfer to her new owners, who bought her in June, but allowed her to race on under her previous ownership until her retirement. It is believed her new owners are located overseas.

Darby Racing's star filly She Will Reign has been retired

She Will Reign was a $20,000 Inglis Classic yearling purchase and her racing career included successes in both the world's richest 2-year-old race and the G1 Moir S. as a 3-year-old.

Her dam, Courgette (Aus) (Charge Forward {Aus}), was recently sold for A$2.1-million to Evergreen Stud Farm.

G1 target for blueblood Miss

She may have won a three-horse midweek maiden, but Miss Fabulass (Frankel {GB}) is destined for the elite class after an impressive win at Canterbury on Wednesday.

On her return to the track, Miss Fabulass, who is out of former star filly Samantha Miss, jumped to the front and easily accounted for highly-rated Godolphin colt Ranier (Lonhro) over 1100m.

She is now headed towards the trio of races her dam won ten years ago, the G2 Furious S, G2 Tea Rose S and G1 Flight S, which are all part of the Darley Princess Series.

Owner and breeder John Singleton, who paid $3.85m for Samantha Miss in 2009, was trackside to watch the race and told Sky Thoroughbred Central that Miss Fabulass could be the one to live up to her mother's ability.

"It was like a match race between a really top colt and what we think, and what (trainer) Kris Lees thinks, could be the one we have been waiting for."

Brief Truce remembered

Stockwell Thoroughbreds have confirmed that former star stallion Brief Truce (USA) has died at age 29.

The former shuttle stallion sired 24 stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Diatribe, True Jewels and Red Glo, while his daughters have produced a further 33 stakeswinners. Having spent time at in Ireland and Switzerland, he initially stood at Woodlands Park in Australia before Stockwell's Mike Becker re-invigorated him by bringing him to stand in Victoria. He was retired from stud duties in 2010.

As a racehorse, Brief Truce was trained by legendary Irish horseman Dermot Weld and competed with the best three-year-olds of his generation, winning the G1 St James Palace Stakes in 1992.

He will be reportedly be buried at Stockwell's famed Diggers Rest property on Melbourne's western outskirts.

Ten rivals for Winx as she bids for 26th straight win

Winx (Street Cry (Ire)) will have ten rivals in her comeback race at Randwick on Saturday, the G1 Winx Stakes.

The champion mare has drawn barrier five, with her main rival Kementari (Lonhro) drawing barrier seven.

"We just feel like he's a sporting chance of giving her a scare," Kementari's trainer James Cummings told RSN. "A colt that has his stallion profile already, if he was able to pull off the impossible, the impact of that would just be astronomical."

Winx has four stablemates in the race, including the G1 Rosehill Guineas winner D'Argento (So You Think (NZ)).

A 26th consecutive win would see Winx surpass Black Caviar's Australian record of consecutive wins.

Bayliss heading back to NZ

Jake Bayliss has confirmed he will return to New Zealand for another riding stint.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an outstanding time during his first spell with victories in the G1 Railway aboard Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) and the G3 Bonecrusher S., on Spring Heat More Than Ready (USA).

Jake Bayliss taking out the G1 Railway S. on Volpe Veloce

Bayliss was encouraged across the Tasman by Flemington trainer Michael Moroney, who also has stables at Matamata under the guidance of Pam Gerard, and has again responded to his call.

Currently plying his trade in Queensland, Bayliss expects to be in New Zealand in time for the opening of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival which will open on September 1.

Mongol Derby success for Aussie pair

Australian pair Adrian Corboy and Annabelle Neasham have claimed victory in the Mongol Derby, an epic event described as the longest and toughest horse race in the world.

Corboy, a horse breaker and trainer from Wangaratta, and Neasham, who works for trainer Ciaron Maher, finished the 1000km race well clear of their rivals on the seventh day of competition.

Corboy was only competing in the gruelling event with three weeks' notice after Maher broke his leg in a training mishap, ruling him out of the trip.

The result delighted Maher, one of Australia's leading trainers, who has long held an ambition to compete.

"When he had only a couple of weeks to get ready, Adrian told me he wasn't going over there to take photos, he was going over to win. Annabelle is really determined as well," Maher told Racing.com.

"They are such great horsemen and horsewomen. I can’t believe they won it!"

The event sees riders changing horses every 40km and having to navigate the course using GPS equipment, Corboy and Neasham were also raising funds for Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

TDN's own Kelsey Riley is also competing in the race and at last report had completed over 850km of the 1000km journey.

Williams to ride Kings Will Dream Caulfield Cup

Craig Williams has secured the ride on Kings Will Dream (Ire) (Casamento (Ire) for the $5m G1 Caulfield Cup on October 20.

Connections of the 5-year-old, who has won all five of his Australian starts, confirmed that Williams will ride the favourite in the Caulfield Cup as well as in his lead-up run, the G1 Turnbull S on October 6.

John Allen will take the ride on Kings Will Dream in his first three runs of the campaign, including Saturday's G1 PB Lawrence S.

Dunaden's first winner in Czech Republic

2011 G1 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden (Fr) has sired his first winner, with Dula (Ire) winning a race last weekend at Slusovice in the Czech Republic (WATCH).

Dunaden, who also won the 2012 G1 Caulfield Cup, stands at Overbury Stud in England. He was retired to stud in 2015 and covered 99 mares in his first book. He's had a handful of 2-year-old runners in the UK this year, but is yet to get a winner.

Vale Ken Turner

Ken Turner will be farewelled at a funeral in Brisbane next Monday having passed away last week at the age of 81.

Turner, one of the Australian thoroughbred industry's great characters, trained top class gallopers Lion Hunter (Danehill {USA}) and Just Awesome and then oversaw their successful stud careers at Alma Vale Stud, near Toowoomba in Queensland.

Lion Hunter's six seasons at stud him produce 17 individual stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Lovely Jubly and Gold Edition. Turner also bred Group 1 winner Star Witness (Starcraft {NZ}), who has become a successful stallion in his own right, and currently stands at Widden Stud.

Turner is survived by his partner Francis Rogers and his six children as well as three grandchildren.

Defending champion fit and well

Underthemoonlight (NZ) (El Hermano {NZ}) is in good order for the defence of her Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate title at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Twelve months ago, she accounted for the subsequent G1 Tarzino Trophy winner Close Up (NZ) (Shinko King {IRE}).

Trainer Karyn McQuade said Underthemoonlight has been working well for her weekend assignment and will follow a similar path to last year.

She will attempt to turn the tables on Close Up in the Tarzino Trophy at Hawke’s Bay on September 1, but she is unlikely to contest the G1 Windsor Park Plate, the second leg of the Triple Crown series, over 1600 metres. McQuade said Underthemoonlight was best kept to 1400m.