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This Is Australia Disappoints

Thursday, 12th March 2015

Beautifully bred 3YO This Is Australia may have run his last race as a colt after finishing a disappointing fifth behind Kind Heart in the Tab.com.au Handicap (1100m) at Randwick yesterday, reports racenet.com.au. The flashy John Singleton-owned colt is now winless in four starts, despite being highly regarded by connections as well as regular rider Jim Cassidy. As a half-brother to Gr1 winning Arrowfield stallion All American (Red Ransom) and a full-brother to dual Gr2-winning filly More Strawberries, Singleton would no doubt like to see This Is Australia stand at stud one day, but it seems gelding the handsome colt may be the only way for him to realise his potential. "He'll need to be two stone lighter if they want him to be a racehorse," Cassidy said. "We've tried everything with him. But nothing works. You can't fight him so I had to let him stride." It's now back to the drawing board for new trainer Gerald Ryan, who took over the handling of This Is Australia earlier this year from Singleton's good friend Clarry Conners.

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