Owners in rain pain as late postponement of Randwick trials hits hip pocket   Leave a comment

Owners in rain pain as late postponement of Randwick trials hits hip pocket

Divine intervention: God’s In Him (right) gets the upper hand on Winona Costin and Charle

Divine intervention: God’s In Him (right) gets the upper hand on Winona Costin and Charles In Charge at Randwick. Picture: Simon Bullard. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

RACING horses in NSW is already a costly exercise but what happened at Friday’s trials left owners even further out of pocket.

As the field for the first heat was milling around behind the barriers, news came through that the stewards had decided to call off the Randwick trials.

Continuing rain, gusts of wind and a hiccup when the fence blew over at a crucial part of the track left acting chief steward Greg Rudolph with little option but to postpone the trials.

One of the jockeys who made a four-hour round trip for the trials questioned why they were even allowed to go ahead in the first place, suggesting the weather forecast alone should have forced the trials to be called off before any horse, jockey or trainer had begun their trip to headquarters.

A horse trained at Warwick Farm will incur a $220 float fee to get to Randwick and back. Horses need to be accompanied by staff members, pumping up the cost per horse to around $350 for a trip to Randwick for the trials.

One trainer on the weekend also pointed out that “when a horse misses a trial, their preparation is often put back a few days and most of us are charging at least $100 per day in training fees”.

To Rudolph’s credit, he put his hand up and admitted “in hindsight we should’ve called them off first thing”.

But no refund will be made to the affected, owners who will remain out of pocket.

RAINY DAZE

LUCKY the rain arrived and we had multiple scratchings at Randwick on Saturday, otherwise this column might have had a different story to tell.

Trainer Matthew Smith accepted with Appello in the Batlow Apples Handicap (2000m).

No doubt the owners were trying to bag some prizemoney because the filly is nominated for this week’s Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

I wonder how they felt when the Australian Turf Club decided to move the rail out 3m, making the Batlow Apples Handicap a race with a capacity field of 14 and leaving Appello as the first emergency.

The club told us during the week it was standard procedure to move the rail out from its true position last Wednesday.

Luckily Appello finished last and didn’t collect any prizemoney but maybe we should look at changing our procedures to ensure our Sydney horses can qualify for any big race around the country?

Winona Costin can consider herself unlucky not to have got the nod aboard Alberto Magic o

Winona Costin can consider herself unlucky not to have got the nod aboard Alberto Magic on the weekend. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

STAR PERFORMANCE

GOD’S In Him was first-up over 1200m and produced big time in Saturday’s three-year-old race, the Get Well Glenn Handicap (1200m).

He ran his first 400m (1200m-800m) in 25.76sec but then quickened between the 800m and the 400m, clocking 22.56sec.

That time was 0.16sec faster than what Alberto Magic ran during the same section in the Sydney Markets Foundation Handicap (1100m) later in the day.

God’s In Him dropped off over the final 400m to run 23.68 sec while Alberto Magic’s race fitness permitted him to run 23.22sec for his last 400m.

Both runs were strong but God’s In Him just gets the tick.

WINONA Costin was unlucky that Charles In Charge’s head was going up on the line. But they were beaten by a horse that’s come back very well and likely to win better races than this.

Originally published as Owners in rain pain with late postponement

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Posted May 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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