Sunday Herald Sun - - On The Punt -

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.

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