Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander wasn’t impressed with Racing NSW easing entry restrictions for Victorian horses on the morning of acceptances for Saturday’s Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap.
Racing NSW cut the period Victorian horses are required to stay at a spelling or pre-training property to three hours before they can be transported to an NSW racing stable.
Alexander tweeted the Racing NSW decision came too late for most Victorian trainers wanting to target the Metropolitan or Epsom Handicap.
“Excellent timing! Just after acceptance time for the Metropolitan … again pathetic games played by NSW v’s VIC. Why can’t we all just get along for the sake of Racing?!,” Alexander tweeted.
The trainer later deleted the tweet, preferring to shift his focus to getting Young Rascal and Haky ready for Saturday’s Group 3 Bart Cummings at Flemington.
Alexander would have preferred to run Young Rascal in slightly softer ground at Randwick but could do nothing about Melbourne’s weather, which is expected to be fine throughout the week.
“It’s not the end of the world, it’s not like these other horses don’t have another race,” Alexander said. “As a trainer, we’ve all got options to run these horses.
“He’s going to get a firm surface, which looks a bit of an issue but it looks likely I’m afraid.”
Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander wasn’t thrilled with the timing of Racing NSW’s announcement of easing restrictions on horses travelling from Victoria.Source:News Corp Australia
Young Rascal has had two runs for Alexander after the stayer won the Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m) for the William Haggas stable at Rosehill in March.
The six-year-old worked home evenly when giving in-form gallopers Al Galayel and Orderofthegarter weight first-up at Caulfield before he finished 10 lengths from Lord Belvedere at Flemington on September 20.
While Young Rascal was well beaten at Flemington, Alexander said the gelding performed better than it looked on paper.
“People look at racing any way but if you look at him in defence, he wasn’t that bad at Flemington,” Alexander said.
“He went forward and was five wide into the first bend and over-raced the whole way on a track he didn’t like with 62kg on his back.
“I know he went average but it’s not like he travelled in the box seat and had 57.5kg, then you’d be really worried.
Young Rascal is 27th in the latest Melbourne Cup order of entry so is likely to get a start in the November 3 event.
However, Alexander said he would adopt different tactics with Young Rascal in the Bart Cummings, which offers a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption to the winner.
“We actually galloped him this morning riding him ice cold and he worked much better,” Alexander said.
“I think there’s a blank canvas on Saturday. We ride him quiet and I think he’s down 60.5kg and see how we go.”
Originally published asArchie clips NSW over timing of ease in restrictions
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