Talking Horses: Injury to St Mark’s Basilica takes shine off Ebor meeting


Greg Wood

Eclipse winner sustained a cut to a leg and will not race, with Love coming in as a replacement and Mishriff the new favourite

The Juddmonte International Stakes at York was named the best race in the world for the first time in 2020, as Ghaiyyath beat three previous Group One winners and send it to the top of a list based on the end-of-season ratings of the first four horses home. The Eclipse, also won by Ghaiyyath with Enable in second, was sixth while the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – the World’s Best Race in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – shared 11th place with the Coronation Cup.

Hopes that the 2021 renewal on Wednesday will keep top spot took a knock on Monday morning, however, when St Mark’s Basilica – the odds-on favourite and already the winner of three Group Ones this season – was ruled out after sustaining an injury on Aidan O’Brien’s gallops on Sunday morning.

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