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Change of direction for Start Wondering
The Wanganui connections of Start Wondering have been forced to change plans with their multiple Group One winner.
They had intended to run the six-year-old in the $A1.5 million Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on Saturday week, but an oversight resulted in him being absent from the list of first acceptances.
“We had a problem with our accommodation and while we were sorting that out we missed putting him in,” said Evan Rayner, who trains the gelding with his daughter J.J.
“It’s $A45,000 for a late entry, but he won’t be running in it. On the same day there’s a mile so I think he will run in that instead.”
Sixth in the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 in his Brisbane debut, this season’s top New Zealand sprinter was one of the many victims of the widely-criticised state of the Eagle Farm track when unplaced in last Saturday’s Gr.1 Kingsford-Smith Cup.
Fortunately, Start Wondering has taken no harm from his latest outing.
“He’s very well, it’s just that he’s been on two wet tracks and he hasn’t copped them,” J.J. Rayner said. “He hasn’t had any luck at all.
“A lot of the locals here have said that horses can be a bit frightened to let down at Eagle Farm and he certainly didn’t hit out.
“He’s really good though and has come through the race well. He’s as bright as a button and hopefully we can get some good weather and a decent track for the Stradbroke.” – NZ Racing Desk.