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NATIVE SOLDIER’s $2 million Magic Millions Guineas quest is over after DARREN WEIR told Queensland stewards the exciting young sprinter would not be heading north because of soreness.
Native Soldier was a striking winner of the Christmas Stakes at Caulfield but returned to scale lame. Weir told officials Native Soldier has fetlock issues.
The premier trainer last week called for a rethink of track preparation, attributing equine injury to unnecessarily firm surfaces.
HARRY COFFEY’s toughness is beyond dispute as he continues to ride — and excel — despite cystic fibrosis. It was at the fore as he shrugged off a heavy fall from offset at Wangaratta. Offset also escaped serious injury. Jacob Rule, on the winner darkside, got a 25-meeting suspension for careless riding.
TAHLIA HOPE’s win on patrick PaYNe- trained LAMBORGHINI capped a massive day for the Hope clan. supre, ridden by ethan BROWN, won for father-son team lee and shannon hope at Caulfield before Tahlia’s win. At Bendigo, Tahlia’s mother lisa and big sister courtney took out two of the premier awards in the Victorian Saddle Horse Championships.