STRADBROKE DAY SCANDAL. HONEST ACCIDENT OR CALCULATED RORT?
Short priced favorite GHISONI was heavily fancied in the Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day.
During the week jockey James McDonald said the way she’s going, she’d have won the Stradbroke if that’s where they ran her – but instead trainer John O’shea picked out the Dane ripper for her to run.
HERE’S WHAT MCDONALD SAID ON RACING.COM YESTERDAY…..
“I can’t see her being beaten to be honest”
“They tried to make me work early last start and she still won easy,” McDonald said.
“I think drawing wide is a good thing, I can take my time, stay out of trouble and just put her where she is comfortable.
“If I have to go forward and lead I’m happy, if they want to go quick and kick up underneath, I think she will be more effective if I can find a spot to relax.
“Eagle Farm should be more to her liking too, it isn’t as tight as Doomben so I won’t have to rush her.”
Serious questions have to be asked when after opening on track at $1.65 and blowing like a gale to SP $1.95, while all the while parading in great order and looking a genuine good thing ability wise!
Then in the stalls after loading, the horse appearing to the naked eye to be standing still with her head upright, has her ear grabbed and it pulls her head right off to the side. For good measure her head is restrained for a fraction of a second after the stalls opened and she’s clearly denied any chance of a fair start. I don’t think she ran well enough to win in any case, but the incident certainly wasn’t advantageous at all to her chances!
Was it an honest mistake or devious plot with bookies paying off attendant to cheat the hot favorite? She wound up unplaced in the race for the record and bookies took the lot!
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