Canberra trainer Stephen O’Brien with his horse Rose’s Song. Photo: Rohan ThomsonInstead of an Easter egg hunt, Canberra trainer Nick Olive went looking for feed as Sydney’s rain washed out the inaugural final of the $300,000 NSW Country Championships (1400 metres) at Randwick on Saturday.
The whole meet, including the $3 million Doncaster Mile, was postponed and has been rescheduled to Easter Monday.
Canberra’s three runners – Without A Shadow, Just A Blur and Rose’s Song – are all now in a holding pattern until then with not enough time to be able to fit in an extra track-work session.
Olive took Without A Shadow up the Hume Highway early to settle in, but only took enough feed to last until Saturday.
He spent the day trying to organise extra rations and found an ally in one of racing’s biggest names, Anthony Cummings.
Olive said the daughter of Not A Single Doubt would still run on Monday.
“It’s been a bit of a nightmare today, I’ve been running around trying to buy feed and stuff because I only brought up enough feed to get through until today,” he said.
“Anthony Cummings has helped me out because I’m staying with him. It’s not ideal, our horse is wound up to go today … but everyone’s in the same boat so just got to do the best we can.”
Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones’ Just A Blur was on the float travelling near Marulan when word came through the meet was called off.
Jones said Just A Blur would run on Monday, but plans to back the daughter of Dane Shadow up in next weekend’s $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick might have been scuppered.
He said they would probably look towards the listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) on May 1.
“If she ran well today in the first three we were going to back her up the following Saturday to go in that group 1, but those plans are probably on hold now pending how she pulls up and how she runs,” Jones said.
“A heavy 10 run on Monday, it would be very hard to back her up on the Saturday.”
Jones and Joseph also have Because We All Can as an emergency for the race, although she wouldn’t have gotten a run.
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