Three year old Ruling Dynasty is under a cloud for the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday because of a hoof injury.
Co-trainer James Cummings informed Racing NSW stewards this morning that Ruling Dynasty was being treated for an abscess in the off-fore foot and that he was hoping the colt would be fit to run in the Australian Derby on the first day of ‘The Championships’.
Racing NSW released a statement this morning that also stated that Ruling Dynasty would have to undergo an examination by the racing’s body’s vet prior to Saturday’s race.
Racing NSW press release: “Please be advised co-trainer James Cummings has reported to Racing NSW Stewards that RULING DYNASTY, which is engaged to race in the BMW Australian Derby at Royal Randwick this Saturday (4th April), has sustained an abscess to its off-fore foot which has now had a poultice applied.”
“Mr Cummings advised that the stable will monitor the progress of the colt to assess its response to the treatment.
Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann will inspect the colt prior to taking its place in the Derby.”
Ruling Dynasty is currently a $13 chance for the Australian Derby with Ladbrokes.com.au and Cummings was expecting a very competitive effort from the Medaglia D’Oro colt following his fifth to Derby rival Hauraki in the Group 2 $175,000 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
Cummings said that the colt was going to be ridden in a more forward position this Saturday after getting a long way out his ground in the Tulloch Stakes and was confident he would run out a strong 2400m.
“He is going to be taking a much more forward position in the Derby this weekend,” James Cummings told Racing HQ.
“He steps up to the mile and a half for the first time. He has won at 2100m at Gosford and he was able to make two runs. He seems to be able to relax at the right time and really pick up when he is required.”
“There is no doubt that they were able to out sprint him from the three to the two there in the Tulloch on the weekend.”
Ruling Dynasty was an impressive winner at his previous start when he scored a runaway five lengths win over 2000m in a Kembla Grange Class 1 on March 9.
Australian Derby market order with Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.30 Preferment, $3.70 Hauraki, $4.60 Volkstok’N’Barrell, $8 Mongolian Khan, $11 Omeros, $13 Ruling Dynasty, $15 Quick Strike, $26 Hampton Court, $126 Brouge, $201 Bikila.