TURMOIL engulfed the opening lap of Saturday night time’s Vince Curry Memorial Maiden at Ipswich with three runners from the mighty kennel of Darren Russell sensationally scratched on the eve of the race.
One in all Queensland’s most profitable coaches, Russell had littermates Ninetymile Rose, Ninetymile Queen and Ninetymile Wow who have been drawn to heats of the $75,000 to the winner sequence that holds the mantle because the world’s richest maiden sequence.
On Saturday morning Russell ready his trio of runners for a tilt on the venerable Ipswich occasion earlier than being warned they’d certainly all been scratched by stewards.
“My girlfriend got here out and stated to me, , all of your runners acquired scratched tonight,” stated a dismayed Russell.
“I had completely no thought. The homeowners are understandably as upset and indignant as I’m and they’re coming to choose up the canines at this time. You do all of the work to arrange for a sequence like this and that is dropped on you.
“I’ve since discovered that QRIC (Queensland Racing Integrity Fee) despatched my consultant a letter at 4pm yesterday (Friday) informing us of the choice. How’s that for the timing!”
QRIC’s choice to withdraw Russell’s Runners on the eleventh hour follows the 12-month disqualification the Innisplain conditioner obtained in June 2022 for utilizing the banned substance Fertagyl.
With the matter being the topic of an attraction, Russell has been coaching beneath a keep that was withdrawn by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on Friday, simply hours earlier than the beginning of the profitable Group 3 Vince Curry heats.
When requested for touch upon the circumstances surrounding the choice, a QRIC spokesman stated: “Disqualified coach Darren Russell is at present unlicensed. QRIC Stewards scraped the unlicensed coach’s three runners from at this time’s Ipswich assembly.”
Including to Russell’s misery and confusion, the QRIC portal nonetheless reveals his registration standing as permitted and lively.
“It is simply not ok,” added Russell.
“Had I identified this was a risk, the canines might have gone again to the homeowners or one other coach for this sequence. To get it out on race day… these canines won’t ever get one other likelihood at this race.
“All of the onerous work and preparation, it is simply gone. I do not know if I am extra upset or indignant.
“But it surely’s the homeowners that I really feel probably the most.”