Scratching time for the Doncaster Mile on Monday will again be crunch time for three-year-olds Sweynesse and Kermadec as trainers come to grips with the 48-hour delay for the $10 million meeting.
Emergencies Sweynesse and Kermadec had gained runs in the Doncaster when their stablemates It’s Somewhat and Moriarty were withdrawn on Saturday morning but with the postponement the latter two are returned to the field.
It’s Somewhat was scratched with a spike in his temperature and Godolphin supplied a veterinarian certificate. The import will need a clearance before being allowed to start on Monday.
Godolphin trainer John O’Shea said he will assess all his runners for the Randwick program on Sunday and wait until Monday to make final decisions.
“It is not that big a deal. Our horses were ready to go [on Saturday} but there is nothing we can do about what has happened,” O’Shea said. ‘We are all on a level playing field with what has happened.
“It’s Somewhat could be right for Monday but that will be a decision by our vets.”
Moriarty was taken out because of the heavy track by premier trainer Chris Waller. He acknowledged the Kingston Town Stakes winner struggles to produce his best on wet tracks.
“He will not run if the track was worse than heavy,” Waller said. “We would like to see the track improve on Monday for him to run.”
Kermadec and Sweynesse have been well in the market for the Doncaster since betting began. Kermadec is at $7 second favourite behind Hallowed Crown at $6 after the scratchings on Saturday and Sweynesse got to $12.
Waller spent Saturday reprogramming his horse that were to run at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, a meeting that has been cancelled.
“There is not much we can do with the ones that were running [on Saturday]. They are fit and ready to go, but we have to wait,” he said.
“I just had to reschedule a couple of things in the week because I wasn’t going to the races on Monday because I had to finish looking at yearlings.
“The horses that were to run on Wednesday had to be reprogrammed. I have done that.”
Moving the meeting to Monday means there will be only five days between the Doncaster Mile and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships. That will not affect the plans for three-time group 1 winner Happy Trails to run in both races.
“He’ll run on Monday. He’ll still back up,” trainer Paul Beshara said. “I think they’ve done the right thing by postponing them because it’s a bog out there.
“If someone gets badly hurt or killed then everyone will be saying ‘You should have called them off”. It’s actually good to see a club make these decisions.
“Most people do their trackwork on Tuesday for Saturday so he’ll be doing his work on Monday [in the Doncaster].”
There is not much trainers can do between Saturday and Monday but for a couple of horses which have been struggling with injury the extra couple of days would be helpful.
Mick Price, who prepares world champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, probably put it best.
“There will be a couple of really fresh horses there on Monday and we might learn a thing or two about them,” Price said.
The times have been changed for Monday’s meeting because of the end of daylight saving. Racing will began at 11.25am with the last to run at 5pm.
Stabling had to be arranged for horses which travelled to Sydney for the Country Championship.
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