Winx at Flemington or Randwick Next Up Hayes Trio Denys Cobalt

Chris Waller has revealed that Winx will jump in the Group 1 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000 m) at Flemington on October 7, which will give her a three-week spell following her Group 1 George Main Stakes win and another three-week rest before the Cox Plate.

Waller indicated that the Turnbull in a primary target, but if Winx does not run in that race, she could run in the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick on October 14, the same day as The Everest.

The sound of thundering hooves that you hear is the sound of thoroughbreds trying to decide whether it is Flemington or Randwick that should be avoided and we have no doubts as to which two upcoming spring races will find it necessary to extend the nomination deadline.

Now that we have gotten your attention with that bit of Winx news, we can proceed to the real story, that of a positive cobalt test rumoured to have affected the David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig training operation.

We did not start this rumour, but the trio quickly took to social media in the attempt to squelch it before it advances too far to walk back. Their post on Twitter said, “Rumour mill going crazy. FACT: Lindsay Park DO NOT have a positive to Cobalt, or any other medication in Vic/NSW or anywhere else #fakenews”

The genesis of the rumour was apparently a warning issued by racing NSW stewards advising stables to be on the lookout for certain batches of feed that may have contributed to elevated cobalt readings.

The feed in question was made by manufacturers who prepare custom-made products that may not be divulging the complete list of ingredients, or the amount of all active ingredients in the formula.

An elevated cobalt level was returned from a urine sample taken from Ron Quinton’s Imanui in August. The 5YO bay gelding has won nothing of note, so if he was given anything, Quinton should request a refund.

Times such as these make us long for some of mum’s home cooking.

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