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Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021



Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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42 SPORT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE $9 MILLION MAN RACING participants around the globe will have to wait until at least March to find out whether new veterinary protocols designed to protect the Melbourne Cup will be wound back or be just as stringent next year. Despite the welcome relief of no deaths in this years Cup, Racing Victoria is already warning the industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels with equine welfare. Stiff new pre and post travel vet protocols and a new barrage of tests imposed by Racing Victoria to stop a spate of Melbourne Cup deaths meant Spanish Mission and Twilight Payment were the only northern hemisphere-trained raiders who competed in this years Cup. Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Joseph OBrien has already warned even fewer international horses were likely next year, and he was unlikely to subject his horses to the same vet processes in 2022 if medical screening requirements were not wound back. And several leading owners and syndicators are privately warning they will not buy overseas horses to compete in the next Melbourne spring carnival racing them in Sydney instead if vet protocols remain. Racing Victoria said it was committed to its sweeping annual review of the spring carnival, including the impact of the vetting changes. The results and any potential im pacts for next year are not expected to be known for more than four months. While it was pleasing that there were no significant injuries during the running of this years Melbourne Cup, RV remains mindful that it was one edition only and that the industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels when it comes to safety and equine welfare, an RV spokesman told Racenet. While the RV Board is yet to establish a timeline for completion of the annual review, it is not currently expected that any determinations will be made on the 2022 Spring Racing Carnival prior to late in the first quarter of next year. Racing authorities can potentially point to this years Cup as a major win for the new protocols. However, there was major controversy with connections of Gold Trip furious their horse had to be withdrawn from the Cox Plate after vets refused to let it start despite passing an earlier battery of checks. Racing world to sweat for months on Melbourne Cup vet protocol review BEN DORRIES Record week for McDonald JAMES McDonald created Melbourne Cup carnival history on Saturday, becoming the first jockey in 160 years to ride 10 winners across the week with the collective prizemoney earned by the horses he rode totalling $9 million. In a touching finale to a carnival that will never be forgotten, McDonald claimed four Group 1 winners over the four meetings, including two on the final day with Nature Strip in the Darley Sprint Classic and Zaaki in the Mackinnon Stakes. The win on Zaaki was particularly special, as it took him past his childhood hero and great mate Brett Prebble (nine wins in 1999 and 2000) as the most successful jockey at a Flemington Cup carnival. Fittingly, Prebble was right behind McDonald when he charged to the line in the Mackinnon Stakes, shouting encouragement and embracing him shortly after they passed the winning post. He is amazing, mate, McDonald said of Prebble as he capped off arguably the most successful week of his sporting life, which included the Holy Grail of a Melbourne Cup victory on Verry Elleegant. Obviously, Prebble was just beyond me (on runner-up Cascadian). He yelled out Hey son, come here It was a really special moment with him (on Saturday). McDonald first met Prebble when he was a teenager in 2005, and a photo from that time stands as a reminder of how far the young Kiwi has come in his journey. In claiming the Ron Hutchinson Award, 29-year-old McDonald lived out his childhood dream. His 10 wins, three seconds and three thirds from his 29 rides across Cup Week saw the connections of those mount earn $9,012,075. Jockeys receive a mandatory five per cent of all prizemoney their mounts earn, which means McDonald has collected more than $450,000 not accounting for any extra slings he would have received. Its a fantastic thrill for me, McDonald said. I couldnt do it without the support of the trainers who put me on this week, and the horses I have been so lucky to partner with. It started off with the Coolmore domination (with boom colt Home Affairs on Saturday) and the Holy Grail and special one (with Verry Elleegant in the Melbourne Cup), and to be able to capitalise with two more (with Nature Strip and Zaaki) was unbelievable. Four of McDonalds winners Fangirl, Great House, Home Affairs and Minhaaj came on Derby Day, while Profiteer and Verry Elleegant made for a memorable Cup day. He rode two winners on Oaks Day the super impressive Espiona and Djukon while his Group 1 double on the final day gave him so much pleasure, given his close connection to Nature Strip and Zaaki. Three weeks ago he won The Everest on Nature Strip, with connections of the star sprinter taking home more than $6 million. McDonald had a forgettable Cox Plate day when Zaaki was scratched on race morning. But he resolved to make the most of Cup Week. He did all of that and more, franking his reputation as the best rider in the country, all the while being driven on by some good-natured competition with Damien Oliver, who is 20 years his senior. Ollie put a bit of pressure on (with three Group 1s for the week), so I had to get one more, McDonald joked. He could barely wipe the grin off his face after Nature Strips effortless Darley Classic win, but reminded those asking him about equalling Prebbles record: I havent finished yet. He was right two races later as he connected again with Zaaki to take out the Mackinnon Stakes. GLENN McFARLANE Zaaki and James McDonald after winning the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington; and (inset) Annabel Neasham, trainer of Zaaki, and jockey McDonald hold aloft the winners trophy. Pictures: Michael Klein

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