Put form ahead of earnings to ensure best horses line up in Queensland’s big races
NAJOOM’S relegation to second emergency for Saturday’s Group 1 Tatts Tiara had the racing community talking about Queensland for all the wrong reasons on Wednesday.
This year’s carnival will end the same way it began, with controversy surrounding the balloting conditions for Queensland’s feature races.
Pornichet missed a start in the Hollindale Stakes and the folly of that outcome was proved two weeks later when he romped away with the Doomben Cup.
That blunder turned into a positive when Gai Waterhouse elected to use the Toowoomba Cup as the lead-up for Pornichet’s Group 1 tilt.
Officials moved quickly to ensure Waterhouse attended Toowoomba and with racing’s first lady playing her part, it turned into a memorable day for all who witnessed it, not to mention giving the Toowoomba Cup a much-needed boost.
A similar fate met Ulmann in the Queensland Guineas. He missed the cut, despite having superior ratings to others with higher earnings.
With the backlash against the carnival rising on Wednesday, many wanted to point out Lumosty being made first emergency in the Stradbroke as another black mark for the carnival, but that argument falls short.
Her original omission was because she had not done enough to qualify on official ratings. Connections had options including the Fred Best and QTC Cup, but rolled the dice by staying in Melbourne.
Najoom, Pornichet and Ulmann were different cases.
The changes to this year’s carnival have worked a treat, with the condensed nature making entire meetings interesting from start to finish. The extra prizemoney captured the attention of every big stable in the country, giving most races more depth.
It is a shame a simple ballot clause is what has everybody talking.
Even if Najoom manages to scrape in, it needs to be changed as a matter of priority for next year to ensure the best in-form horses contest the major races.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby – Courier Mail