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Leaving the 800m put in an awkward stride and momentarily became unbalanced. Apprentice H. English reported to stewards that, in her opinion, this was as a result of NEWS DIRECTOR improving onto her heels at that point of the race.
Inclined to lay out throughout the race.
Shortly after the start was restrained and shifted in to take up a position trailing the field.
Blundered and lost ground at the start. Shifted wider leaving the 600m in order to improve and as a consequence raced wide for the remainder of the race.
Approaching the 1000m was placed in restricted room and had to be steadied between NEWS DIRECTOR and MAGINOT LINE, which shifted in slightly. Following the event it was noted the gelding had shifted the off fore plate.
Began awkwardly. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, jockey M. Palmer stated that after beginning awkwardly the gelding failed to travel comfortably throughout the event. He added at a point near the 500 he attempted to improve forward, however the gelding failed to respond to his riding and, in his view, felt sore behind. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding was suffering from cardiac arrhythmia. Trainer D. Newham indicated to stewards that it was now her intention to send the gelding for an immediate spell. Stewards advised Ms Newham she would be