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Gai Waterhouse stable calls for Queensland balloting review

The Gai Waterhouse stable has called for a review of Queensland’s balloting conditions after Najoom was listed second emergency for the Group I Tattersall’s Tiara.

It is the second time an in-form Waterhouse runner has missed the field in a major race during the winter carnival. Pornichet did not get a start when second emergency for the Group II Hollindale Stakes. He then went on to win the Toowoomba Cup and Group I Doomben Cup.

In Queensland, feature race fields are usually determined by prize money and not recent form.

Najoom missed the Stradbroke Handicap with a minor injury but has since won a trial in brilliant fashion ahead of Sat­urday’s Group I Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast. Water­house is in England to oversee Wandjina’s Royal Ascot lead-up but stable spokesman Mark Newnham said it wasn’t just her stable calling for a change.

“In the Hollindale, the eventual winner Leebaz was also an emergency and only just snuck into the field,” Newnham said. “I know people might say I am talking because it has affected us this winter. But isn’t the idea to have the best field possible? And it isn’t just us who have had problems this winter.”

He said the problem, especially in fillies and mares races, was some older mares with much more prize money but low ratings got in ahead of better performed horses.

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Posted June 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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