SHAMUS AWARD MAY NOT GET EASY TIME IN AUSTRALIAN CUP
Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente remains firm favourite
Dual Group One winning three-year-old Shamus Award (Snitzel) may not get an easy time in front in tomorrow’s Australian Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) at Flemington, a race in which the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Fiorente (Monsun) retains firm favouritism.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained import is the TAB’s $2.05 favourite, with Shamus Award clearly the main danger at $4.40.
Shamus Award scored all-the-way wins in the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) and the Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) but he is expected to strike some opposition for the lead in tomorrow’s weight-for-age contest.
The 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (Montjeu) and his Sydney Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winning stablemate Mourayan (Alhaarth) are expected to test the colt for the lead.
They have figured in early stewards notes on the race with Green Moon to be ridden in "a positive position" while the intent with Mourayan is to be positive and "be forward or lead".
Jockey Steven Arnold is hoping the eight-year-old Mourayan can reproduce his first-up run when he almost beat Fiorente in the Peter Young Stakes (Gr 2, 1800m) at Caulfield on 22 February.
"That would be one of his best runs at weight-for-age at that level. I'm happy to be riding him and if he can run as good as he did the other day, he won't be far away," Arnold said.
MORE JOYOUS SAGA OVER AS RACING NSW DECIDE AGAINST APPEAL
Having rumbled on for the best part of a year, Racing NSW yesterday drew a line under the More Joyous (More Than Ready) saga when they announced they would not be pursuing an appeal over a Racing Appeals Tribunal ruling that favoured Gai Waterhouse.
Problems with More Joyous came to light after she was unplaced in the All Aged Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) in April last year, when the horse's owner John Singleton publicly accused Waterhouse's bookmaker son Tom of saying More Joyous could not win.
In a post-race television interview, Singleton sacked Waterhouse as his trainer, prompting a high-profile inquiry.
Waterhouse did not tell stewards More Joyous had a sore neck in the days before the race and during the long-running inquiry, she revealed the mare had been mildly lame with a foot abscess a week before her unlucky fifth in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (Gr 1, 1500m) on 6 April, which stewards ruled should have been reported.
When Racing NSW’s appeal panel dismissed her case over her conviction and penalties for the affair, the trainer took her case to the Racing Appeals Tribunal, who found Racing NSW stewards had not proved their case to the required legal standard.
The governing body then threatened to take the case further still to the Supreme Court but yesterday it released a statement confirming they would not be taking such action.
RACING QUEENSLANDi ISSUE STATEMENT ON AR178AA
Racing Queensland yesterday said it will campaign for “national uniformity” on rule AR178AA, dealing with what is and is not included as an alkalising agent, which led to the withdrawal of El Roca (Fastnet Rock) from the Hobartville Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) last month.
“It has become evident to Racing Queensland that the policy implemented by racing jurisdictions around Australia in enforcing AR178AA is inconsistent.
"RQ acknowledges that this raises a number of challenges for trainers that campaign horses across racing jurisdictions, and is intent on lobbying towards national uniformity,” said a statement.