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Vengeance Out Of Cox Plate

Tuesday, 6th September 2005

Connections of Champion Hong Kong 4YO gelding & former Australian stakes-winner Vengeance Of Rain (Zabeel-Danelagh, by Danehill) have decided against travelling to Melbourne to race in Australia's Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22. Vengeance Of Rain (who raced in Australia as Subscribe) won a weekend barrier trial over 1200m at HK's Happy Valley track, but his South African-born trainer David Ferraris told Greg Radley on Sydney Radio 2KY yesterday: "Due to a combination of events I've decided not to bring him. He trialled very well on the weekend; there were some good sprinters in the race & he cantered past them at the 200m like he normally does. I decided after the trial that was it, I'd actually had a gut full to be quite honest: from the quarantine & everything else & not being able to have a prep run. For a huge Gr1 like the Cox Plate, you have to have the horse racing; trial-fit is another story." Ferraris has been frustrated by a lack of suitable races in HK & Australia's strict quarantine laws (which require a fortnight in quarantine at both the HK & Australian ends of the proposed Melbourne visit). Ferraris summed up: "He's such a good horse, he would do himself an injury if he wasn't 100% fit, so I'd rather just give it a miss. If we had chosen to give him a run in Australia prior to the Cox Plate, he would have had to go into quarantine earlier here & of course he'd have had to go into quarantine for 2 weeks in Australia before the particular race. It just makes things very very difficult & he's just come back from a rest. So all things given, it just wasn't the right thing to do." Vengeance Of Rain was a NZ$300,000 yearling at the 2002 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka; this year he has won both the Gr1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin in March & Gr1 QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin in April.

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