SHIMRANO, bound for the Lee Freedman stable, finished a disappointing 11th in the 2400m German Derby at Hamburg on Monday.
Freedman tweeted that the Australian connections who were at the track were critical of Adrie de Vries’s ride after the $2.90 favourite settled too far back in a race dominated from the front.
Freedman has to decide if Shimrano will have one more run in Europe before coming to Australia.
Brazen work pleases Waller
CHRIS Waller was on hand to watch Brazen Beau work at Newmarket on Tuesday in the lead-up to Saturday night’s July Cup there and was pleased with what he saw.
“It was really just maintenance work. We don’t need to improve him. We have just got to keep him happy and keep the speed in him,” Waller said.
Brazen Beau was ridden by his July Cup rider, James Doyle. “We know we’ve got the horse good enough. He just needs a good draw and luck in running,” Waller said.
“If he gets that, I’m sure he will be there at the finish.”
Veteran King of the Jungle
RISING 10-year-old Youthful King on Tuesday recorded his fourth win in the 1350m Jungle Juice Cup, Cessnock’s most famous race.
Youthful King, trained by Jeremy Sylvester, also won the race in 2011, 2014 and 2014. It was an 11th Jungle Juice Cup for jockey Robert Thompson and an eighth for Sylvester.
Warrnambool chief quits
WARRNAMBOOL Racing Club chief executive John Green has resigned, saying he had no choice after losing the confidence of the club’s board.
Handicapper off to Dubai
HANDICAPPER Neil Jennings will leave Racing Victoria at the end of the month and join the Emirates Racing Association in Dubai.
Jennings, who was Greg Carpenter’s right-hand man, will be in a similar role in Dubai as he will be assistant handicapper to long-serving chief handicapper Melvin Day.
Jennings has worked in handicapping in Victoria for 17 years.
Ellerton faces Epic charge
STEWARDS have charged Flemington co-trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra after Epic Saga tested positive to a prohibited substance following his Tatura Cup win on April 4.
Clenbuterol, a breathing drug banned on race days, was found in Epic Saga’s post-race urine sample.
Long wait for Moloney
PATRICK Moloney will be keeping more than one eye on how Regan Bayliss performs for the rest of the season, as he thinks the battle for the Melbourne apprentices’ title could get close.
Moloney won’t ride again this season after being suspended for a month last Friday after being found guilty of careless riding in the event at Bendigo on June 11 which saw Chris Symons, Damien Oliver and Jye McNeil fall.
Moloney has 42 city winners for the season and, with seven city meetings left, Bayliss is on 32.