In a controversial Emirates Stakes Day development Patinack Farm owner-manager Nathan Tinkler has withdrawn his Group 1 winning filly Nechita from the race he sponsors – the Patinack Farm Classic 2012.
Tinkler, who has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late with the embattled mining magnate owing small business owners tens of thousands of dollars, originally paid the $55,000 fee to enter Nechita into Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) before she was officially withdrawn just hours later – connections advising Racing Victoria she would be sent for a spell.
Winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) last start on Derby Day, the three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock Nechita was set to back up and shoot for her fourth career win from five starts this coming weekend in the Patinack Farm Classic.
Nechita was one of the top fancies in the Patinack Farm Classic odds too paying around $3.50 behind the short-priced favourite Sea Siren who was last seen running away with her third Group 1 title in the Manikato Stakes at the Valley.
The early removal of Nechita from the Patinack field and markets will see the odds on Sea Siren come in, the other major players being Rob Heathcote’s beaten Manikato favourite Buffering who ran second to Black Caviar in the race last year and the Peter Snowden-trained Manikato Stakes runner-up Mental.
The other notable Patinack Farm Classic field update is that connections of Fire Thunderbolt have also paid the hefty $55,000 late entry fee for the sprint feature, the Phillip Stokes-trained Morphettville raider looking to bounce back after their seventh in the Coolmore.
A stakes winner at Flemington during the autumn, the California Dane gelding missed the start in the Coolmore and was disappointed for a run but should relish coming back from 56.5kg to 53kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the Patinack.
“I’ve still got a big opinion of the horse and I think if he can jump cleanly he’ll be there,” Stokes said.
“It’s a big commitment to pay that sort of money, but I think we’ll get it back.
“He missed the kick by three lengths (in the Coolmore).
“He got held up for a while and everything else had the momentum going.
“He probably had to run sub-31 seconds (for the final 600m) to get over the top of them, which you can’t do.
“I know a three-year-old hasn’t won the race, but there’s only been two runners and they’ve both finished second. He can bounce back.”
The 2012 Patinack Farm Classic final field and barrier draw is due for release on Wednesday, November 7, and will be published right here at Races.com.au along with all the other Emirates Stakes Day acceptances.
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