A Blue Diamond start is still on the cards for Crack A Roadie after trainer Stephen Theodore was forced to scratched the two year old from today’s $250,000 2yo Inglis Premier (1200m) at Mornington.
Crack A Roadie was a dominant $1.70 before Theodore discovered that the Charge Forward colt has sustained minor injuries when he got cast in his stable during the night.
Sydney filly Twilight Royale and Mick Price’s last start Caulfield winner Resistant will now battle it out for favouritism after the field was reduced to nine runners with Military Pass also a race morning withdrawal.
Theodore could only find some missing skin and evidence of a knock to his fetlock joint on Crack A Roadie , and even though he wasn’t lame, the Cranbourne trainer took the safe option and scratched from today’s race.
“He’s not lame at all, there’s just a bit of heat where he has knocked the fetlock. My vet and all the staff watched him trot-up and you wouldn’t know there was an issue,” Theodore said.
“Any other horse you would probably run him but with this horse I couldn’t take the risk.
“It was probably a 50/50 decision.
“There could be something there which could turn into a problem and I won’t risk that.”
If Crack A Roadie recovers, with every indication that he will, Theodore will continue onto the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in a week and a half and then aim for the Group 2 $220,000 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 9.
“If he’s OK in a few days, which we think he will be, he’ll go straight into the Diamond then the Sires at Flemington,” Theodore said.
Top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams has ridden Crack A Roadie at his only two starts and was down to ride the colt at Mornington today and is likely to stick with him in the Blue Diamond.
A win in the Sires’ Produce would keep Crack A Roadie chances alive to pick up the $2.4 million bonus that is on offer for any 2012 Inglis Sale Graduate after winning the $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
The $400,000 Inglis Guineas for three year olds over 1400m to be run at Scone on May 18 is the third leg of the bonus.
“$1.7 million goes to the owners and the rest to the trainer and jockey, so I’m happy to still be in it and in the situation we find ourselves right now,” Theodore said.
Theodore had planned to take an unconventional route to the Blue Diamond by bypassing the traditional lead up races of the Listed $120,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) (1000m) on January 26 and the Group 3 $150,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (1100m) on February 9 at Caulfield.
But now with the forced scratching from today, Crack A Roadie will go straight into the Blue Diamond without a lead up run after not starting since a narrow second to Direct Charge in the Group 3 $150,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on during the Spring Carnival.
Last Saturday’s Blue Diamond Prelude winner Guelph shares favouritism at $3.20 with unbeaten Adelaide filly Miracles Of Life with Peter Moody’s colt Thermal Current at $6.50 and Metastasio at $8 while Crackie A Roadie is well in the Blue Diamond betting at $14.