Emi­rates drama as win amazes trainer

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

TRI­UMPH and tragedy are in­con­gru­ous sta­ble­mates on race­courses and even more so on ma­jor days.

The Emi­rates Stakes, a $2mil­lion Group 1 book­end to a fab­u­lous car­ni­val, con­trived to de­liver both in a bit­ter-sweet fi­nale to Flem­ing­ton’s fourth day.

Tri­umph be­longed to the mer­cu­rial Tosen Star­dom, an enig­matic tal­ent with a huge mo­tor, jockey Damian Lane and trainer Dar­ren Weir.

Tragedy be­fell Kiwi star Ginger­nuts and one of the chest­nut’s own­ers af­ter a con­fronting dou­ble pre-race mishap.

Ginger­nuts went amiss as jockey Michael Dee can­tered him to the start. Watch­ing on, one of the horse’s own­ers fell se­ri­ously ill and re­quired im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

A lengthy de­lay en­sued af­ter Dee quickly dis­mounted as Dr Grace Forbes ap­plied ban­dages to Ginger­nuts’ leg as the horse am­bu­lance was sum­moned.

Ginger­nuts was loaded on a float and trans­ported to Wer­ribee for emer­gency care as a shat­tered Dee strug­gled to rec­on­cile the in­ci­dent.

“I def­i­nitely felt it hap­pen so straight away I pulled him up and got off him as soon as I could,” he said.

“Not very nice to hap­pen to the horse. Hope­fully he comes through it OK.”

The in­ci­dent and the owner’s ill­ness over­shad­owed an ex­tra­or­di­nary Tosen Star­dom vic­tory.

Weir, a man not eas­ily moved to su­perla­tives, was gob­s­macked by the im­port’s sec­ond Group 1 suc­cess of the spring.

“It was amaz­ing, wasn’t it? That was the real Tosen Star­dom,” Weir said of the Toorak Hand­i­cap win­ner.

“He’s had a great week, and it’s a great thrill and great for a horse with such a great pedi­gree to de­liver on the big stage.”

Happy Clap­per and It’s Some­what filled the mi­nor plac­ing ahead of The Taj Ma­hal and luck­less Folk­wood.

Pic­ture: AAP

GREAT WEEK: Damian Lane rides Tosen Star­dom to vic­tory in the Emi­rates Stakes at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

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