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Racing Digest - February 16, 2014

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 February, 2014, 10:31pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 February, 2014, 10:38pm

Derby contender puts campaign in doubt again with track antics

Expensive four-year-old Vanilla broke away riderless pre-race for the second time in a fortnight and set trainer Caspar Fownes a puzzle to get him to the Derby. The gelding's rating probably gets him into the Derby, but he is now on the stewards' watch list. Yesterday, he was collected and took his place in the Classic Cup, finishing second last, but Fownes is at his wit's end to work out the horse's behaviour. "Everything you do with him in the mornings, he's a perfect gentlemen," said Fownes. "But he gets here before a race and he's uptight and angry." Alan Aitken

Gibson first-starter leads all the way for a shock three-length win

First-starter Full Talent was sent out at 116-1 but still delivered a stunning three-length victory - Weichong Marwing's first for trainer Richard Gibson. "It was great to ride a winner for Richard because he has been giving me a few rides recently, but I hadn't been able to break through," he said. "This horse has moved well in the mornings but I thought he would benefit from the run - and even though he won easily, I still think he will take a lot from it. He was able to get an easy time in front, and I am not sure about the quality of the horses behind me." Michael Cox

Schutz's difficult horse to train wins his way out of Class Five

It seems no Class Five winner is ever a breeze to train, but Andreas Schutz reckons Magical Beam is even more of a headache to manage than your usual lower grade battler. "If this horse misses even half a day of work he ties up badly," Schutz said. A perfect ride from Zac Purton helped the five-year-old break through at his 13th start and he now finds himself back in Class Four. "He had everything go his way and he has still only won by half a length, so we won't get too excited - maybe he can do something with a light weight," Schutz said. Michael Cox

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