Simon Miller’s Ascot fortunes took a big hit with Lady Cosmology retired, Rio Del Mar’s future uncertain and Dance Music’s Winterbottom Stakes campaign in doubt.
Sadly, Lady Cosmology ran her final race at Ascot last Saturday when she finished a slashing fourth to The Velvet King in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m).
“She has been immediately retired,” Miller told The Races WA.
“She tore a tendon and it must have been during the run.
“It’s the best tear of a tendon that I have seen.
“It was that bad there was no other option but to retire her.”
Dance Music’s bid for the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) hit a major hurdle after she ran a career-low eighth to Minus Looks at Ascot on the weekend.
“She pulled up very, very sore in the back,” Miller said.
“She will have a few easy weeks now.
“Her fate will be decided later in the week.”
Last season’s Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) winner Rio De Mar commenced a disastrous two days for Miller after a freak track accident at Ascot on Saturday.
“She tore ligaments near her hind leg,” Miller said.
“She is out for six months if not worse.”
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The Hannans Handicap winner will be an acceptor for Sunday’s Northam Cup, but he is no certain starter.
“I’m concerned that it will be a hard track at Northam,” said co-trainer, Grant Williams.
“I’m still in two minds and might even take him out on race morning.
“I’m not putting the horse at risk if I’m not happy.
“It’s not an ideal scenario because he needs to win to boost his points for the Railway.”
Dan Morton is optimistic Man Booker can make a return to racing after a leg injury ruled him out of last Saturday’s Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m).
“He received a hairline fracture to the near hind cannon bone,” Morton told The Races WA.
“He had two screws inserted on Friday.
“Vets haven’t determined how long he will be out for, but my gut feeling says at least six months.
“It’s definitely not career-ending.”
Morton says he has doused lofty expectations for the talented mare after she ran third to Harry Thomas last Saturday.
“She was dour, like she was the week before,” Morton said.
“She didn’t have that explosive turn of foot.
“May be it was the quick back-up and the on pace bias.
“It was pie in the sky, but I was looking at the Railway and Kingston with her.
“She will run in the fillies and mare series.”
The emerging four-year-old, who stormed back to the winners list on Saturday, continues to amaze trainer, Kieran McDonagh.
“He has pulled up a treat and licked out his whole feed bin on Saturday night,” McDonagh told The Races WA.
“The more work you pour into him the better he seems.
“There is a 70+ handicap over 2200m in a fortnight, but that doesn’t suit.
“He might trial in a fortnight ahead of the Ascot Gold Cup.”
The Ascot Gold Cup, a Listed event, is run at Ascot on November 16.
The five-year-old wasn’t knocked around when third to Misty Metal in a Lark Hill trial on Monday.
It was his first serious hit out since he was scratched from the Hannans in Kalgoorlie with a foot abscess.
He last raced in September when he won the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m).
Trainer Martin Allan said the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) first-up and either the Group 3 Peters Stakes (1500m) or Carbine Stakes (1400m) are two options he is considering
Neurological has also been nominated for Sunday’s Northam Cup.
The former eastern stater showed positive signs after winning his 950m trial heat.
The gelding ran 9th of 11 when making his WA debut in the Hannans.
“He recovered really well,” Allan said.
“Physically he has been there, but his coat wasn’t quite right.
“I might nominate for the Northam Cup, draw and weight dependant.”
The speedy mare is on track for the Winterbottom Stakes after a comfortable runaway trial win on Monday.
Emerging as a sprinter of note last season with a hat trick of feature wins, Misty Metal will make her race return in the Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m).
“I expect further improvement,” said co-trainer, Todd Harvey.
“She is exactly where we want her to be.”
The six-year-old repaid his faithful followers with an eye-catching Melbourne debut on Saturday at Caulfield, runner-up to Streets Of Avalon in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m).
“It vindicated the decision to take him to Melbourne,” trainer Stephen Miller said.
“He will have another run, the Group 1 $2 million Cantala (1600m) on Derby day.
“After that I would like to see him come back home for the Railway.”
The Karrakatta Plate winner has overcome a small setback in readiness for the Belgravia Stakes (1200m).
The gelding is running second-up after a slashing finish in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1000m) two weeks ago.
“He had a badly swollen lip, maybe from a bee sting,” co-trainer, Ben Pearce said.
“We couldn’t put the bit in his mouth.
“But, it’s come down significantly and he is spot on for the Belgravia.”
Last month’s Birthday Stakes (1200m) didn’t go according to plan for Samizdat after he finished out of the placings and jarred up from the run.
But the Gangemi camp breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday when he charged home from last position to run fifth, beaten two lengths in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes.
“We are delighted with the way he attacked and ran through the line,” said Michael Gangemi, brother of trainer, Chris.
“To be able pull out that run from that spot when it favoured the on pacers was something we are really happy with.
“It was his first time over 1400 metres and Jarrad Noske came back saying it was a Railway Stakes run.
“He will either go to the Asian Beau or Lee Steere Stakes.
“He deserves to finally draw a gate.”
Gangemi said the veteran 10-year-old deserved to have a shot at the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday.
Rock Magic has not raced since June and was sent to Melbourne after coming through a top trial win in fine order.
“He’s a freak and is going as better than ever,” Gangemi said.
“He deserves to have a shot of winning a Group 1 race that is not that strong.
“Bivouac will be hard to beat but our bloke never lets you down.”
Rock Magic has drawn barrier five and will have the services of regular rider, Jarrad Noske.
The 2019 Trainee Apprentice of the Year, rode her first winner at Leinster.
Just over a month since commencing her riding career at Carnarvon, Conway booted home Reverend John for trainer, Dion Luciani.