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Kuro sent to Melbourne because of more group 1 sprinting options

July 19, 2015 – 10:59PM
On the move: Kuro will be based in Melbourne in a bid to get more group 1 racing,On the move: Kuro will be based in Melbourne in a bid to get more group 1 racing, Photo: Getty Images

Champion Thoroughbreds have been left with little choice but to move quality sprinter Kuro to Lee Freedman in Victoria because of the lack of topline sprint races in Sydney.

Joe Pride has prepared the Denman Colt to be runner-up in this year’s Galaxy and third to Brazen Beau in the Coolmore Stud Stakes in group 1 company. However, after 13 starts for six wins and four placings, the decision was made to base the sprinter down south.

“Joe has done a great job with him but he is turning four and we are looking to make him a stallion prospect and there just aren’t the races in Sydney to achieve that,” Champion Thoroughbreds’ Jason Abrahams said. “There are three group 1s in Melbourne for sprinters in the spring and none in Sydney. It makes more sense to have him trained down there.

“There are more options in the autumn for him down there as well and he can come back after that for races up here. If he can win a group 1, it would make him a stallion, and Royal Ascot would also become an option. Lee has been there with success before.”

The loss of Kuro highlights a problem for Sydney racing – a paucity of springtime group 1 races for the older sprinters. In recent years, Melbourne has had a couple of its spring races lifted to group 1 level, whereas Sydney has had only the Golden Rose,   a 1400m race restricted to three-year-olds.

The Australian Turf Club, which has been able to increase prizemoney for the first time in many years on the back of TV and real-estate revenues, will be able to target Sydney races that could be turned into group 1 events to fill the holes in NSW’s black-type program. It will then come down to what ratings the races are given and the Australian Pattern Committee. But that will be a long process.

Review of racing’s rules

The Australian Rules of Racing are in the process of being reviewed and rewritten to be more concise and so they are a better fit for the 21st century.

Racing Australia started the project last year and legal counsel from Racing NSW and Racing Victoria has been involved in the project. The review is focused on simplifying the way the rules are presented and making them more user-friendly. It will also reflect the need for legal understanding in the rules because of the way appeals have become structured in recent years.

The new set of rules will be ready in September and October for stewards to review and it is expected that they would for implemented for the 2016-17 racing season.

Weighty issue

James Coyle has placed Berry Delicious very well in her past three wins so the fact that he misplaced her lead bag on Saturday shows he is not perfect. There was plenty of packing to put on along with the lead bag. Coyle was relieved the mistake was discovered before the race and managed to keep his sense of humour despite stewards hitting him with a $700 fine.

“I only have the one horse here, so I’m under pressure,” Coyle joked. “It would have been worse if they didn’t find it.”

The lead bag amounted to 1.6kg of the impost for Berry Delicious, so she would have been disqualified if the error had not been discovered before the race. There was also a kilogram blanket and another piece of package. “There was quite of lot there,” apprentice Winona Costin admitted.

It just goes to show what checks and balances every runner that enters the track is subjected to by the eagle-eyed stewards.

Jockey recognition

The jockeys’ premiership battles in Sydney and Melbourne are giving the end of season a talking point.

Will Dwayne Dunn hold on from Craig Williams and Damien Oliver in Melbourne? Has James McDonald made the right decision to come back and will he lift a second consecutive title in Sydney from Blake Shinn and Hugh Bowman?

There should be more promotion of McDonald, Shinn and Bowman. They are three outstanding athletes, who are taking every opportunity to boot home winners at the moment.

The Canterbury meeting on Saturday could be a great chance for the jockeys to be recognised and to get them interacting with the punters. They are, afterall, the faces of the sport.

McDonald certainly had some interaction with fans after completing his double in the last at Rosehill on favourite Marenostro. A couple of punters chanted his name, which brought a grin to McDonald’s face. Maybe they were avid fans. Or maybe he got them out of a bit trouble on the punt.

Doubling up

Luke Marlow did a bit of overtime while calling at Scone on Friday. The Sky racecaller also called the first race at Canberra from the television after his colleague Mitchell Manners didn’t get to the track in time.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/kuro-sent-to-melbourne-because-of-more-group-1-sprinting-options-20150719-giflcj.html#ixzz3gQFZtlbI


Posted July 21, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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