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Stewards consider delay in Sam Kavanagh cobalt hearings

July 11, 2015 – 4:57PM
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Another one:  Blake Shinn added to his premiership hopes with a win on Kimberley Star at Randwick on Saturday.Another one: Blake Shinn added to his premiership hopes with a win on Kimberley Star at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

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Racing NSW stewards will make a decision on submissions from several parties charged in the Sam Kavanagh cobalt inquiries to have the hearings delayed. The inquiry is scheduled to reconvene on July 20 but an August date seems more likely with chief steward Ray Murrihy to make an announcement early next week. Legal counsel for Flemington Equine Clinic partner Tom Brennan has asked for a delay in the proceedings, as have lawyers for John Camilleri, who faces six charges related to raceday drenches and conduct prejudicial to racing. “We are considering what is in the best interests of the inquiry going forward,” Murrihy said.


Adam Matthews, the vet who has refused to give evidence to the Sam Kavanagh inquiry on medical grounds, was given an ultimatum by Racing NSW on Friday. It comes after Matthews was photographed at the German Derby last week and the photo appeared on social media. Stewards had been aware of reports that Matthews was in Germany and are still keen to hear his evidence relating to the Kavanagh case. “He has been told that he must make himself available by Skype or in person in Australia. It was made clear it is a stewards’ direction and there would be consequences if he doesn’t,” chief steward Ray Murrihy said.


David Vandyke will try to take aim at win a maiden group 1 for himself and Waratah Thoroughbreds after Astronomos underlined his spring credentials with a last-gasp win at Randwick on Saturday. “We’ll aim him towards The Metrop,” Vandyke said. “It was good he was so relaxed, he picked up late and the run 10 days ago might have left him a little bit flat. He was looking for 2400 [metres] today and he’s a quality horse that just keeps winning. Myself and all the team will be working hard to get this bloke over the line.” Jockey Jason Collett was forced to extricate Astronomos, now with five wins from just seven starts, from an awkward spot in the straight before eventually rounding up the leaders in the final strides with Dure charging home for second. “This horse has done it all for us,” Vandyke said. “He was just getting warmed up late there and I thought it was going to be too late.”


Brenton Avdulla stifled Blake Shinn’s premiership charge with a smart ride to win on Skyline Blush on Saturday. Shinn loomed to win on Got You Double at the top of the straight, which would have given Peter Moody a winning treble, but Avdulla had something in hand. “I had an awkward draw and overcome that to go one out-one back and knew I had Blake on my back,” Avdulla said. “I was able to flush out a bit early and he got to me at the 300 metres but I was able to wait until the 150 metres and she gave a good kick. It was a good strong win.”


Tye Angland should probably be thinking of banning Electric Tribute after the two-year-old landed him in the stewards room at Randwick. Angland has appealed against a four-meeting suspension he incurred on the David Pfieffer-trained baby last start when it laid out. Electric Tribute ducked when put under pressure, briefly interfering with favourite Stalwart on Saturday. “I was aware of what it did last time and wanted to keep him straight and he went in,” Angland said. Stewards reprimanded Angland.


Jim Rundle always thought some people kept their horses a bit long in Rockhampton, so when Idance won three in a row in his home town, he decided to send him to Sydney. It continues to pay dividends with Idance making it four wins in Sydney and his first Saturday win. “When he won three in a row I thought why not give him his chance,” Rundle said. “He came down here to the Hawkeses and we couldn’t have imagined it going this well. He likes that soft ground and that was a good win.” Rocky has proved a good recruiting ground for Team Hawkes with Our Boy Malachi also coming from up there. “I knew Col [Donovan] and he rang me when he was going to send Our Boy Malachi here and I said to him you couldn’t be going to a better place. They are just good people,” Rundle said.

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