WA Racing News Update

9
Apr

MATERIAL MAN

There is a strong likelihood that Material Man may have run his final race in Perth.

The seven-year-old is spelling after an eastern states autumn campaign went awry.

Owner Michael McDermott says there are more options and races OPEN to Material Man in the east and he will more than likely remain in Melbourne.

Injury and illness stymied Material Man from showcasing his best in Melbourne with the son of Vital Equine battling feet problems and a virus against elite company.

After commencing his campaign with an eye-catching sixth in the Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, he ended it on a low note when 10th in the inaugural running of the $5 million All Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington last March.

McDermott said Material Man will be weighted out of Perth races, but a firm decision on the gelding’s future will be made in the next three weeks.

McDermott said trainer Justin Warwick had done a magnificent job with Material Man and would return to the top horseman if he came back to Perth.

ADAM DURRANT

Adam Durrant confirmed Karrakatta Plate runner-up Tinsnips would progress to the WA Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) in a fortnight.

Meanwhile his Pinjarra Cup third placegetter, Come Play With Me, would tackle the 3200m of the Western Australian Cup on April 20.

Durant’s dual Perth Cup hero, Star Exhibit has gone to the paddock after he laboured with 62kg in the Pinjarra Cup, running fifth.

TREVOR ANDREWS

Trevor Andrews says Miss West Coast, a brave third in the Karrakatta Plate after racing wide, would not progress to the Sires. Andrews says he is wary of going to the well one more time with the Safeguard filly.

However, Andrews will have Sires representation with Divide The Sea, eighth in the Karrakatta Plate. He believes an improved barrier and the step-up to 1400m will suit the Geraldton-owned galloper.

SIMON MILLER

Simon Miller says he has a range of his options up his sleeve with last year’s Karrakatta Plate champion, Valour Road.

The three-year-old, an impressive trial winner at Lark Hill (Monday), will either go into a ratings race at Ascot in two weeks and then into the Northam Stakes on May 5.

Miller said he can also go straight to Adelaide and tackle the Euclase-Goodwood double.

Valour Road last raced in the Winterbottom Stakes last November, running fifth to Voodoo Lad.

Miller’s Lady Cosmology is also on an Adelaide path after her first-up second to Electric Light in the Marjorie Charleson Classic on Saturday, beaten narrowly.
The three-year-old filly will tackle the Sheila Gwynne Classic in a fortnight before going east.

Miller’s Karrakatta Plate runners, Niccovi, Amelia’s On Fire and Rio Del Mar have gone to the paddock.

FALCON CREST

Falcon Crest has been retired.

The Musket seven-year-old had his final run after trailing the field in Saturday’s Old Comrade Stakes

Falcon Crest won nine races for Adam Durrant and Grant and Alana Williams.

Career highlights took in a trio of Listed races: the Grandstand Cup, the Detonator Stakes and Old Comrade Stakes.

He was also placed in eight other Listed races including a second in the Kalgoorlie Cup, Albany Cup and Northam Cup.

RISING STARS

Jade McNaught maintains her lead in the Rising Star Series.

The mature-aged apprentice has been atop the leader board since the opening leg of the series at Geraldton.

Mauritian-born jockey Brandon Louis sits second with Kristy BennetT in third place.

Riders can boost their points tally at Ascot on Wednesday, Bunbury (Thursday), Albany (Friday) and Ascot & Kalgoorlie (Saturday) before winding the week up at the Geraldton Cup meeting on Sunday.

CHRIS GANGEMI

Michael Gangemi says Rock Magic IS on track for his return and will trial in a fortnight along with Super Maxi, Durendal and Disposition.

A knee injury has kept Rock Magic out of action since he won the Roma Cup last year.

The Northam Stakes on May 5 or the Roma Cup a fortnight later would mark the return of the veteran nine-year-old.

Gangemi said Rock Magic was showing no signs of his knee complaint and was jumping out of his skin.

Julio Santarelli
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