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The NSW Trainers Association has called for Racing Australia to take over the Melbourne Cup from the Victoria Racing Club and Racing Victoria, after the death of Anthony Van Dyck on Tuesday.
Trainers are becoming increasingly worried about deaths in the Melbourne Cup in recent times and the effect it has on the image of the industry.
Melbourne Cup fancy Anthony Van Dyck was euthanised after breaking down during the race last week.Credit:Getty Images
"The Melbourne Cup attracts a huge audience locally and abroad and when a death or an injury occurs the affect on our industry is multiplied tenfold. We believe that unless addressed immediately, the perception of racing in the community will erode so badly, that the future of racing itself will be at risk."
The NSWTA also called for international horses to have "an established period for internationals to adapt to Australian conditions before they are permitted to race". It is understood the preferred length of time would be at least six months.
Everest peaks again to cap Melbourne carnival
The enormous shadow of The Everest continued to fall over the spring sprints with the victory of Bivouac from Nature Strip and Libertini in the Darley Sprint at Flemington on Saturday.
The massive prizemoney on offer at Randwick in October has provided a springboard further into the spring and the form holds up. The Everest is clearly the best sprint in the country and attracts the best horses in the country, which is remarkable after just four editions.
Bivouac leaves Nature Strip in his wake in the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington on Saturday.Credit:Getty
The form is likely to be tested around the world in the next 12 months. The Everest’s dominant winner Classique Legend flies out to his new home, Hong Kong, this week and will run in the International Sprint there next month.
Bivouac has matured into a beast of a sprinter who will excite Australian punters into 2021. Next up is a potential trip to the July Cup at Royal Ascot, where he will revel in the straight 1200m, before almost certainly starting a career at stud.
"He's just a very unique animal. He's got a great demeanour, he takes everything in his stride," jockey Glen Boss said after his three-and-a-quarter length victory on Saturday.
Arcadia Queen and Luke Currie take out the Mackinnon at Flemington on Saturday.Credit:Getty
"He's such an athlete. You don't see them win a Newmarket and a Darley Classic like that. They're good horses.
"There's a sprinter of the year [Nature Strip] right beside him and he went straight past it and said 'see you later boys'."
It doesn't matter that The Everest is not a group 1 because it is the best form in the country. Remarkably, both group 1 winners from the final day at Flemington – Bivouac and Arcadia Queen – have run in The Everest.
The one thing the extended spring in Sydney has done is attract the best four-year-olds with the Golden Eagle. It has fundamentally changed which horses are seen in Melbourne, reducing the quality of the mile racing.
Arcadia Queen showed you can chase the big bucks as a four-year-old before proving you are top class at five when she stormed away with the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday.
Not so Sneaky after Golden Gift win
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly Sneaky Five is still a $21 chance for the Golden Slipper, despite a stellar start to her career.
She has won in Melbourne and Sydney and while her Golden Gift win wasn’t flashy, it was tough. Maher and Eustace can now plan a path to the Slipper.
Whether it will be through the Inglis Millennium in February remains to be seen.
Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are plotting the right Golden Slipper path for Sneaky Five.Credit:Getty
"It is hard to get a two-year-old up for that race and then peak them 10 weeks later again," Sydney stable foreman Jack Bruce said. "She is a very good filly and done a big job to achieve what she has already but we think she will be better next week. The boys will sit down and work how to get to the Slipper now."
Maher and Eustace have the Golden Slipper favourite Enthaar, who was sent for a break after her explosive Gimcrack Stakes win.
"They are trying to get the right horses to the right races, but there are quite a few good ones there," Bruce said.
Trumbull targets The Hunter
Kim Waugh started Trumbull’s spring with a two-part plan and hopes to keep a 100 per cent winning record with it in The Hunter at Newcastle on Saturday.
Trumbull had always promised a performance like the one he produced winning the Sydney Stakes on Everest day and has improved fitness-wise for the second goal of the spring.
"We picked out these two races and thought he would be able to show that he is ready to step up," Waugh said. "He had another trial at Gosford on Wednesday, which Tommy Berry came up for and was very good. He was sharp in the Sydney Stakes and has taken the right amount of improvement from it for The Hunter.
"He was a horse that just did a few things wrong in past and had his share of bad luck, but now he is a lot better and will show how good he is on Saturday."
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