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McEvoy ‘sickened’ as trainer blames Oliver for Derby favourite Royal Symphony missing classic

29 October 2017 5:37 AM
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McEvoy ‘sickened’ as trainer blames Oliver for Derby favourite Royal Symphony missing classic

McEvoy was furious with Damien Oliver’s tactics on Happy Clapper saying it was the reason the horse will miss the Derby.

Oliver was suspended for 20 meetings on a charge of improper riding on Happy Clapper for shifting in on Royal Symphony in the early stages of the race.

McEvoy though said Happy Clapper leant in on Royal Symphony for 1000m.

“He’s cost us third in a Cox Plate and now he’s cost us a Derby as well,” McEvoy said.

“He’s pretty tired this morning. He looks like a kid who has been bullied by bigger kids,” he said.

“We knew we were in a big race but Yendall was entitled to hold his spot. I understand Ollie wanted to get across but we were entitled to stay where we were.”

“I’m gobsmacked with the tactics. It was a massive run from my horse.”

In other Derby news, Darren Weir has decided the other equal favourite Cliff’s Edge, who finished second in the Vase on Saturday, is also an unlikely starter.

DARREN Weir said he hasn’t decided on a jockey for equal Melbourne Cup favourite Humidor.

Weir said it was going to between Blake Shinn, who rode him to finish second in the Cox Plate, and his regular rider Damian Lane, who miss that ride due to suspension.

Weir said he was disappointed Humidor couldn’t get past Winx in the Cox Plate but was thrilled with the run.

“Part of that frustration is also because with a better ride he would have won the Caulfield Cup with a better ride. I’m not blaming Damian (Lane) but he needed cover in that race which he got on Saturday,” Weir said.

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“It was bloody frustrating but it vindicated our decision to start him which was our plan all along. We thought if he’d won the Caulfield Cup we would have backed him up so we did anyway.”

“He went well for Blake but it doesn’t mean that Damian won’t ride him. I’ll think about it.”

Weir said Big Duke, who finished fifth in the Moonee Valley Cup, would probably run in the Melbourne Cup.

“I’ll speak to the owners. He didn’t really get a crack at them,” he said.

Weir said Lucky Hussler would back up in the Kennedy Mile at Flemington on Saturday. Stablemate Tosen Stardom will also run in the race.

Weir said it was also unlikely that Cliff’s Edge, who finished second in The Vase, would run in the Victoria Derby.

Also on Sunday day Anthony Freedman informed stewards that Tavistock Abbey would miss the race.

Trent Busuttin said his stables could have three runners with Sully and Main Stage starting and he’s hoping Johnny Vinko could also gain a start.

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has confirmed that grand veteran Who Shot Thebarman will not be re-handicapped in the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) as a result of his win in Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).

It will be the New Zealand-bred gelding’s fourth Melbourne Cup appearance having finished third to Protectionist in 2014 (with 55kg), 11th to Prince of Penzance in 2015 (54.5kg) and fifth to Almandin in 2016 (56kg).

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have a strong hand with SULLY and MAIN STAGE. They could also have a third runner in JOHNNY VINKO. Sydney colt ACE HIGH has won his past two starts, including the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.

Trainer Aaron Purcell has brilliant colts MERCHANT NAVY and JUKEBOX and David Hayes will run three top fillies, CATCHY, TULIP and FORMALITY. The brilliant INVINCIBLE STAR will also run.

Known as the Cantala Stakes last year, it’s a handicap for the top milers in the land. Darren Weir’s TOSEN STARDOM, who won the Toorak Handicap, will start favourite. Weir will back up LUCKY HUSSLER. The in-form RELIGIFY will also start.

Gai Waterhouse’s GLOBAL GLAMOUR will do battle with other top mares such as Chris Waller pair EGG TART and FOXPLAY, PETITION and last year’s winner, I AM A STAR.

Can ALMANDIN make it two in a row. He faces a strong international contingent of RED CARDINAL, MARMELO, JOHANNES VERMEER and REKINDLING. Weir will run Cox Plate second HUMIDOR.

Purcell’s brilliant filly ALOISIA looks to have a mortgage on the race. The threats could be Tony McEvoy’s BRING ME ROSES, Waterhouse’s PINOT and Anthony Freedman’s RELIABLE DAME.

The gun sprinters meet again — CHAUTAUQUA, VEGA MAGIC, last year’s winner MALAGUERRA and the quinella from the Manikato Stakes, HEY DOC and IN HER TIME.

Main interest will be whether WINX runs in the race formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes. If not, the likes of GAILO CHOP, FOLKSWOOD, HARTNELL, HAPPY CLAPPER and TOSEN STARDOM could take centre stage.

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Source: heraldsun.com.au

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