There You Are, Magic Millions Maiden, Henry Dwyer
Henry Dwyer is another trainer waiting on the call to see whether he can get There You Are to the Gold Coast to run in the $242,500 Magic Millions Maiden (1200m) on Saturday.
“He’ll either get a flight on Thursday night or he won’t run,” Dwyer said.
There You Are also drew barrier 20 but Dwyer believes if he can get there he’ll be hard to beat.
“We think he’s a city grade horse down the track so he’ll be well placed in a Maiden.”
Dwyer already has Elusive Melody on the Gold Coast and she will run in the race.
“She’s a mare with more ability than what she’s shown in her races where she’s just lacked a killer punch. This is a good option if she decides to on Saturday,” Dwyer said.
BALLARAT JUMPING FOR JOY
The jumps racing season will end with a grand finale this year as Ballarat’s all jumps program on Grand National Steeplechase Day on August 25.
In the past jumps races have been held at Casterton and Coleraine in September but these fixtures have been moved to August to provide a lead-in to the final day.
Racing Victoria released its jumps fixture for this year with another major announcement being the cessation of jumps racing at Bendigo due to its unsuitable layout.
Pakenham will now host the Mosstrooper Steeple and the Brendan Dreschler Hurdle on July 21.
263 HORSES CHASING DIAMOND
The battle to gain a spot in the 2019 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) will hot up in the next few weeks with the announcement by the Melbourne Racing Club that there are 263 two-year-olds still in the race.
Second acceptances close on Tuesday and the MRC said it was a record for second acceptances up from 220 last year.
David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig still have a massive 43 babies still in the race. Tony McEvoy is next with 26 second declarations, followed by Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir (22) and Sydney giants Peter and Paul Snowden (20).
Boom sire I Am Invincible has 25 of his progeny still in the race which is the most of any stallion.
MCEVOY UNVEILS NEW HOOP
Trainer Tony McEvoy has announced that Singapore-based South African Barend Vorster will become his stable rider next month.
“It’s pretty exciting to be able to get someone of Barend’s ability and experience to join my team,” McEvoy told RSN927.
“I think he will be a great asset to us. He’s very experienced. He’s been on the world stage. He’s ridden at a high level.
“He rides 51kg and is very strong left and right. And probably two most important points are he’s a very good horseman and he’s a very good person. So they are two of the great attributes that suit me.”