Trainer Sharon Miller’s hopes of securing a second consecutive XXXX Gold-Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) has been dealt a blow with Prying Tom ruled out of the Goldfields feature next Saturday.
Prying Tom was scratched from last Sunday’s Boulder Cup (2100m) after he was found to be lame and he hasn’t come up in time for the Kalgoorlie Cup, a race that Miller won last year with Shinta Mani.
Miller said Prying Tom, a winter revelation for her stable after posting impressive wins at his past four starts at Belmont and Pinjarra, would spend a month in the paddock spelling before she considers future plans.
Adam Durrant is optimistic Battle Storm’s hind leg injury is not as serious as first thought. He said preliminary scans will be conducted today (Thursday), but is hopeful it may be a small hairline fracture at worst and not career-ending.
It is understood the injury may have occurred at the barriers on Saturday ahead of Battle Storm’s brilliant last-to first victory over 1000m. A member of leading owner-breeder Bob Peters’ team, the Statue Of Liberty gelding is unbeaten from his two starts.
Durrant will nominate Electric Light for next week’s Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie, but will also assess another 1200m race at Belmont on Saturday week.
The daughter of Vital Equine has been a pleasant surprise packet for the stable, winning six races, including the past four in succession and two placings from eight starts in her maiden campaign.
Reykjavic will be Lindsey Smith’s sole contender for the Hannans, draw dependent after he elected to bypass the race with Great Again.
Smith wasn’t totally happy with how the son of Viscount pulled up from his last win, his fifth in succession at Belmont on September 15.
Smith said Great Again will test his credentials next in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 20, en-route to a possible tilt at the Railway Stakes (1600m).
If he doesn’t measure up to elite company Great Again will target the Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and Bunbury Stakes (1400m) in the autumn next year.
Smith said he is just as mystified as most punters by the run of Driftstar at Belmont on Wednesday, when as the raging favourite he ran fifth to Warzachantz.
Driftstar was resuming after running last in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m) for Simon Miller in April, but after a brilliant trial victory he was sent out as an odds on chance.
Smith is confident there is no physical issue with Driftstar, but said the Sepoy colt would undergo an examination today (Thursday).
Kristy Bennett won her first race as a jockey when she led all the way on Chinetti at Belmont on Wednesday.
Bennett gave away racing as a 17-year-old, but returned reenergised after working with Darren Weir in Melbourne.
Bennett paid special praise to her host trainer Nick Cox , saying he had been a huge support to her.
Peppijack has been sent for a spell. Trainer James Grieve said the Henny Hughes gelding, a winner of four races this campaign, had returned with muscle soreness to the off side shoulder after his last-start fifth to Electric Light earlier in the month.