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Slow to begin.
Began awkwardly. Over-raced in the early and middle stages. Raced three wide without cover for majority of the event. When questioned regarding tactics adopted which resulted in his mount racing three wide from barrier 3, rider M Du Plessis indicated that prior to the event he anticipated being able to cross BETTER OFF and settle midfield, however after beginning awkwardly he recognized in the early stages he could not cross runners to the inside and attempted to restrain in order to settle behind BETTER OFF. He added it was at a point near the 1000 metres when TAKEN BY THEFT refused to settle
Rider N Fazackerley reported the gelding raced keenly in the early stages, did not travel from the 800 metres and laid in under pressure in the home straight and was disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer S Kirkwood advised he would be taking blood tests during the week and would consider spelling BETTER OFF in light of today’s disappointing performance.