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Singleton Seething Over Plate Barrier Tactics
In what looms as a defining moment in a long friendship and ultra successful owner-trainer relationship, John Singleton was yesterday searching for answers in what he described as "madness" in trainer Gai Waterhouse's decision to opt for barrier 11 for his star mare More Joyous in Saturday's Gr1 Cox Plate, reports heraldsun.com.au. Singleton commented: "I love Gai but this is bloody madness ... If this was a normal race and not the Cox Plate, the horse would be scratched and the trainer sacked! ... I instructed my racing manager Duncan Grimley to tell Gai to get barrier four to six if possible ... Gai didn't need to pick that barrier. It's absolutely ridiculous, no one in the world thinks this is a good barrier." Waterhouse however remained steadfast in her tactics and responded: "When I spoke to Duncan, I said I'd sooner go out than in, I didn't want her to be locked away on the fence ... This race will be run at a solid tempo, Cox Plates usually are, and I believe the field will string out. This barrier gives her more room and Nash (Rawiller) has options ... The dye is cast now and we have got the barrier that last year's winner (Pinker Pinker) came out of." An emotional Singleton countered, "This isn't death, it is suicide ... It will be almost impossible for her to win now ... The bookies aren't idiots, she is out to $13 and will probably end up $20 on raceday. I'm absolutely gutted - I doubt I'll even bother going now." Singleton's Racing Manager Duncan Grimley arbitrated: "One thing about Gai is that she's got an amazing knack of getting things right when people least expect it."