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First emergency I Am Impinge has gained a start in the 2018 $2m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday following the scratching of the Matthew Dun trained Arrestar.

Jeff Lloyd, above, will ride first emergency I Am Impinge after the gelding gained a start in the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas at the Gold Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Jeff Lloyd, above, will ride first emergency I Am Impinge after the gelding gained a start in the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas at the Gold Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards tweeted this morning that Arrestar had been withdrawn on vet’s advice following a second inspection after the Star Witness three year old was found to be lame in the near hind leg on Thursday.

“Arrestsar has been scratched from the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas this morning following a vet inspection,” QRIC stewards tweeted.

The withdrawal of Arrestar has finalized the riding situation with premiership winning jockey Jeff Lloyd to ride I Am Impinge after being dually engaged to ride Arrestar and the first emergency.

The scratching of Arrestar hasn’t affected the betting for the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas with the Greg Hickman trained Pierata still sitting at the top of the market order at $2.45 at Ladbrokes.com.au while I Am Impinge is rated as a $34 chance.

Adelaide filly Lady Of Crebilly ($26) still has to be cleared by the vets before taking her place in the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas but has shown some improvement today after being assessed with a abscess in her off fore heel on Thursday.

Racing Queensland vets will inspect Lady Of Crebilly again on Saturday morning and if the Choisir filly is passed fit to start will wear a pad under her racing plate on the off fore hoof into the race.

“Lady of Crebilly vetted this morning with significant improvement from yesterday. Will be examined again prior to scratching deadline tomorrow. Will wear a pad on the off fore hoof if cleared,” QRIC stewards tweeted.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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