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Jumps Trials

Tuesday’s jumping trials, which had to be cancelled due to the state of the track at Cranbourne, have been rescheduled for tomorrow (Friday)

 Twenty horses had been entered with the intention of qualifying to race over the three days of the Warrnambool carnival next week.

 Declarations, for the two jumps races on the first day at Warrnambool, will be declared after the trials for horses that qualify..


Threat to license Vets

A move by Racing New South Wales to license veterinary surgeons is fraught with danger, with no thought given to the likely ramifications.

Whilst the licensing would only apply to veterinarians working within the racing industry, it would have far reaching effects on owners who remain the backbone of the entire industry.

While the vets are registered in New South Wales, under the Government act, surely there is no need for another license to treat racehorses.

This matter has to be fought vigorously by the Owners Associations, they are the major stakeholders in the racing industry, it is a decision that cannot be taken lightly.

In the event that vets are required to be registered to treat racehorses in New South Wales, the costs would force many owners out of racing horses.

One eminent equine veterinary surgeon said, he would not bother with registration; he would turn his attention to treat small animals where there are less hassells.

Instead of the vet making one or two visits to attend an injured horse, and then leaving medication with the trainer to be applied by he or she, the vet would have to see the treatment through to a satisfactory conclusion, otherwise there always be the risk of possible litigation.  


Star Of Giselle puts punters on track

Star Of Giselle soon put punters back on track providing Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra with an early double, leading all the way over the 1600 metres trip at Caulfield.

She has been racing consistently without winning; she was backed into favourite on the strength of a promising run last start when third to Sheila’s Star at Caulfield.

Four of her last five starts have been at the heath, her only poor effort was in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes when she finished well out of the money.

When she jumped well on Saturday former Perth apprentice, Damian Lane, had no hesitation in allowing her to stride along after being so well served at the start.

Lane is not only a promising young rider, he has become a uncanny judge of pace, he has that ability of allowing his mounts travel in their comfort zone instead of pulling them about, horses travel well for him.

Star Of Giselle will remain in work for the present, but whether she will have another preparation is unknown at this stage, she is raced by prominent breeder David Moodie, and as she turns five in August she may well go to stud.

Outside of the winner, the run of the race was turned in by Tigress Joy; she came from last taking ground off every horse in the race, bar the winner, Star Of Giselle.

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Star Of  Giselle - An easy winner







Rue Maple shows a touch of class

Rue Maple, who was mixing her talents in elite company during the spring, appreciated the drop in class when winning the Story Landscaping Handicap over 1100 metres.

That was her first run since running second to Satin Shoes on Caulfield Cup Day; previously she was taking on Sepoy and co in the Manikato Stakes.

A little bit of give in the ground suited the mare to a nicety, she was always racing close to the pace, whereas her stable mate, Spartini, who was looking for her fifth win in a row, was out the back with the job still in front of her.

Spartini was the preferred favourite at $2.90, with Rue Maple coming in slightly to $4.80, otherwise there was not a great deal of interest in most of the others.

Whatever chance Spartini had was ruined when she was severely interfered with when   Miss Elvee lost her rider, Jake Duffy, on the home turn, whereas Rue Maple was well clear of the mishap.

The future for Rue Maple is chasing wet tracks, they will come soon enough, then it is looking for a bit of Black Type, which may be a little harder to find.

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Rue Maple winning easily



Vain Attraction does it again

Robbie Griffiths has found the key to Vain Attraction, space her races for the best results, and if you have a weak heart close your eyes during the race.

She has had to work her way out of some awkward positions to win races as was the case at her recent win at Moonee Valley, and again on Saturday in the Vintage Photobooths Plate.

Griffiths was full of praise for the way that Katelyn Mallyon rode the mare,” I thought she used a lot of judgement, there were no options, it was hard to get off the fence, it was a matter of riding for luck, I thought the run was going to come too late, she did a great job to get the mare up,  it was only in the dying stages we got the run, “ said the Cranbourne trainer.

Classy Chloe led for much of the trip and it was only in the last couple of strides that she was picked up by the winner; on that run she would be hard to beat next time out in a similar field.

Roxit looked a chance on the home turn but the effort of travelling wide didn’t do her any favours and the same could be said for Bonaria, she is not far off a win either.

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Vain Attraction - Just getting up in time





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