MARK Kavanagh made an appearance in the winner’s stall on Saturday but the embattled trainer might also be making a “disappearance’’   Leave a comment

James Winks aboard Magicool defeats Regan Bayliss and Kenjorwood in the Banjo Paterson He

James Winks aboard Magicool defeats Regan Bayliss and Kenjorwood in the Banjo Paterson Heat at Flemington. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

MARK Kavanagh made an appearance in the winner’s stall at Flemington on Saturday but the embattled trainer might also be making a “disappearance’’.

Kavanagh was to have been part of the Victoria Racing Club’s “hero’’ marketing campaign it will use right through to the spring racing carnival.

Over 100 “heroes’’ of Flemington carnivals past and present — and future in the case of James Cummings — have been shot separately and photo-shopped into a series of stylised portraits.

There are also video tributes and other marketing of the 100 stars.

A VRC rep confirmed Kavanagh, a Melbourne Cup winning trainer, had been shot some time ago but was on the cutting room floor “until we see what happens.’’

“At the moment he’s in it — but if it goes the wrong way, then I imagine he won’t be part of it.’’

Kavanagh, Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Lee and Shannon Hope are the four trainers under investigation by Racing Victoria stewards over illegal levels of cobalt returned by some of their horses.

Stewards are expected to lay charges, at least against one or two of the trainers, in the next week.

Kavanagh has not been charged — yet — but seems to be regarded with some nervousness by the club that provides him his stables.

Kavanagh was not asked about the hero portrait in Saturday’s post-race interviews, after his three-year-old Magicool — the only horse of his to have returned an illegal cobalt level — knocked off hot-pot Kenjorwood in the Banjo Paterson Series Heat 1.

Mark Kavanagh is warming to the idea of starting Magicool in the upcoming Queensland Derb

Mark Kavanagh is warming to the idea of starting Magicool in the upcoming Queensland Derby. Picture: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

It may well have been an upsetting subject for a trainer who seems to have become bedraggled by the on-going cobalt saga, which he says has cost him a great deal already.

There was none of the old jousting or raw “Kav’’ emotion in Saturday’s post-race interview.

Kavanagh appeared drained as he spoke of Magicool’s tenacious win, which might launch him to the Queensland Derby.

Magicool had been run down in two Derbies when striking the front too early but on Saturday played the role of chaser, knuckling down to rein in odds-on pop Kenjorwood in the 2000m race.

It was almost a “cobalt trio’’ trifecta — Moody trains Kenjorwood and the Danny O’Brien-trained De Little Engine, which also returned illegal cobalt levels last spring, ran fourth.

Kavanagh described Magicool’s win as a “good effort.’’

“He was well ridden today, he had the drop on the other horse with the big weight,’’ he said.

“He’s done a good job, he’s been around the mark in Group 1 company; he’s run 5th in the (Victoria) Derby when he hit the front at 300m and fourth in the Derby in Adelaide after being in front a long way out.’’

Kavanagh said Magicool would have been in Sunday’s Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben, except “we couldn’t get a seat on the plane’’ and is warming to the idea of starting in the upcoming Queensland Derby.

He said the drop in distance of the Derby to 2200m this year, because it has been temporarily moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben, appealed.

“He was in front at the 400m in two (2400m) Derbies so it is tempting to go back to 2200m at Doomben.’’

Originally published as Kav back, but for how long?

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Posted May 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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