Trainer Terry Kelly is confident Foundry will take his place in the All-Star Mile. Picture:  David Caird
Trainer Terry Kelly is confident Foundry will take his place in the All-Star Mile. Picture: David Caird

Fairytale hopes under fitness cloud for Mile

THREE All-Star Mile contenders, Material Man, Foundry and Urban Ruler need to pass Racing Victoria vet tests on Friday to be allowed to run in the $5 million feature at Flemington.

On Thursday, the trio all failed the mandatory pre-feature race Racing Victoria vet examinations.

Waiting in the wings to come into the race are emergencies Le Romain, Trap For Fools, Hellova Street and He Or She.

Connections of the three horses which will be examined again today are confident of being passed fit to run.

The Justin Warwick-trained Material Man presented with lameness in its left front limb when inspected by two RV veterinarians.

Further examinations localised the lameness to the horse's foot.

The stable notified RV veterinarians that it had concerns with the horse's left front foot and had a farrier fit a heart bar on it.

Urban Ruler’s owners will be sweating on the outcome of the vet inspection on Friday. Picture: Annette Dew
Urban Ruler’s owners will be sweating on the outcome of the vet inspection on Friday. Picture: Annette Dew

The Chris Munce-trained Urban Ruler presented with lameness in its left front limb when inspected by an RV veterinarian and an independent veterinarian. X-rays of the horse conducted on Thursday didn't identify the source of the lameness.

Hancox Racing syndicate manager Rod Peacock is confident Urban Ruler will pass the test.

"It's not a joint issue and we're confident with icing he will be fine."

The Terry Kelly-trained Foundry presented with lameness in its left front limb when examined by two RV veterinarians. This followed satisfactory results from detailed veterinary examinations undertaken on the horse over the past week by the stable in consultation with RV.

Kelly is confident that Foundry will pass the test and take his place in the $5 million event.

The remaining 11 horses examined yesterday including emergencies Le Romain (first), Trap For Fools (second) and He or She (fourth), were passed fit to race.

Stewards will also examine - Balf's Choice, Hawkshot, Mystic Journey and third emergency Hellova Street - today.

Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper will be set for the All-Star Mile. Picture: AAP
Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper will be set for the All-Star Mile. Picture: AAP

FEATURE FOCUS

ALL-STAR MILE (1600m)

Flemington, Saturday, 5.10pm

1 HAPPY CLAPPER 9 Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 59kg

2 HARTNELL 2 James Cummings William Buick 59kg

3 MATERIAL MAN 10 Justin Warwick Lucy Warwick 59kg

4 GRUNT 15 Mick Price Damien Oliver 59kg

5 MOSS 'N' DALE 6 Peter Gelagotis Jack Martin (a) 59kg

6 FOUNDRY 17 Terry Kelly John Allen 59kg

7 MAN OF HIS WORD 18 Dean Krongold Damien Thornton 59kg

8 BALF'S CHOICE 3 Ryan Balfour Simon Price 59kg

9 MR MONEY BAGS 5 Robbie Griffiths Ben Melham 59kg

10 URBAN RULER 8 Chris Munce Jamie Mott 59kg

11 ALIZEE 12 James Cummings Hugh Bowman 57kg

12 HAWKSHOT 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 56kg

13 MYSTIC JOURNEY 16 Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 54kg

14 AMPHITRITE 14 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 54kg

15e LE ROMAIN 1 Kris Lees - 59kg

16e TRAP FOR FOOLS 11 Jarrod McLean - 59kg

17e HELLOVA STREET 7 Scott Brunton Jason Maskiell 59kg

18e HE OR SHE 3 Michael & Luke Cerchi - 59kg

THE FACTORS

Track: Good 4. Rail: 7m out. Forecast: 27C

THE SPEED

HAWKSHOT from inside draw should lead from MOSS 'N' DALE, AMPHITRITE and MATERIAL MAN will also go forward. HAPPY CLAPPER and HARTNELL can also push forward. ALIZEE likely to settle midfield.

Hawkshot will give rivals plenty to chase in the All-Star Mile. Picture: AAP
Hawkshot will give rivals plenty to chase in the All-Star Mile. Picture: AAP

THE SKINNY

HAPPY CLAPPER

Made Winx stretch to beat him last start in the Chipping Norton Stalkes, which was run in a fast time. He's one of Australia's best milers. He's third-up and his past two starts at that stage of his preparation he has won a Doncaster and an Epsom.

HARTNELL

Showed he's spot-on for this with a second-up third in the Futurity Stakes. Third-up last time in he won the Epsom Handicap in track record time. He's one of the chances.

MATERIAL MAN

Tough West Australian followed two unlucky runs with a disappointing effort in the Blamey Stakes, but he pulled up with the thumps. He loves this distance.

GRUNT

His two group 1 wins have been at this track and distance, but not sure how he's going. Trainer Mick Price was happy with his run in the Blamey Stakes. Has the talent to win.

MOSS 'N' DALE

Tough galloper who is far better than first-up last in the Orr Stakes suggests. He's undefeated second-up in four tries but this is the toughest field he's met.

FOUNDRY

Former Lloyd Williams stayer having his first start in 71 weeks and being tried as a miler. He was placed in the 2014 Blamey Stakes first-up five years ago. This looks a task.

MAN OF HIS WORD

Resumed with nice run two starts ago but flopped last start and was found to have a virus. Even on his best form, he's a rough place chance at best.

BALF'S CHOICE

SA representative is a prolific winner but struggling for form. Needs to lift.

MR MONEY BAGS

Been racing in solid style without being spectacular but that's a far cry from this level.

URBAN RULER

He's a winner here and, at his best, he was a handy horse but he's beaten two horses in two runs this campaign.

Alizee has been in fine form this campaign. Picture: Getty Images
Alizee has been in fine form this campaign. Picture: Getty Images

ALIZEE

She's the emerging star of Australian racing. Made it four wins in a row in the Futurity Stakes last start. Didn't win by panels but Hugh Bowman rode her to stay out of trouble and she outclassed her rivals. 1600m at Flemington should be ideal.

HAWKSHOT

Granted a wildcard after his brave second in the Australian Guineas from his wide draw. He's drawn better and should lead comfortably. He's a cheeky chance.

MYSTIC JOURNEY

Tassie superstar has won her last five starts, including the Australian Guineas, where she left her rivals in her wake over the last 200m. She's untapped.

AMPHITRITE

Top-class three-year-old filly ran a great race when third second-up in the Australian Guineas. She'll be third-up in this and should be around the placings.

LE ROMAIN (1st em)

Top miler who, if he gained a run, would be one of the better chances. He's a winner this track and distance at Group 1 level.

TRAP FOR FOOLS (2nd em)

Tough underrated performer fought on for third in the Australian Cup. Wouldn't be far away if he got in.

HELLOVA STREET (3rd em)

Tough Tassie galloper has won an amazing 18 races. Mystic Journey had to fly home to beat him two starts ago.

HE OR SHE (4th em)

Encouraging effort at second run for new stable last week and won the Blamey Stakes here in 2016.

News Corp Australia


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