The Wagga Gold Cup win of House Of Cartier is in jeopardy after the Sydney-based stayer returned a positive swab.
Racing NSW steward have scheduled an inquiry for Monday week, August 3, after House Of Cartier returned a positive swab to a sedative when winning the $160,000 listed Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) on May 1.
It had been reported that House Of Cartier stayed overnight in Wagga but stewards say that evidence suggests House Of Cartier travelled to Wagga on the day of the race.
Randwick trainer John Sargent has not had a horse return a positive swab in 40 years of training and will defend the charge.
Waratah Thoroughbreds own the second and third placegetters in the Cup, the John Thompson-trained Maurus and Master Of Arts.
Maurus, ridden by Brodie Loy, would be promoted to the winner should House Of Cartier be disqualified.
Murrumbidgee Turf Club chief executive Steve Keene said it was not the type of attention they want on the feature race.
"It's disappointing but these things are out of our control and we'll let due process take place," Keene said.
WAGGA apprentice jockey Josh Richards has picked up the ride on Zakeriz at Rosehill on Saturday.
Zakeriz will be looking to go one better than last time when he contests the $75,000 TAB Highway Class Three Plate (1500m).
With Richard Bensley suspended from the last trip to Rosehill, Wagga trainer Chris Hardy has booked Richards to ride.
His three kilogram metropolitan allowance will drop Zakeriz to 54.5 kilograms and he is drawn nicely in barrier seven.
Zakeriz ran second in a Highway Handicap at Rosehill on July 11. He is $10 with TAB for Saturday's assignment.
ALBURY trainer Mitch Beer has launched a passionate plea for help on behalf of border-based stables.
Beer has been disappointed with the lack of consultation or communication from Racing NSW as his and other Albury stables struggle with the border closure due to COVID-19.
Beer has 22 horses stuck spelling in Victoria that aren't allowed back under current measures.
"I need the horses to support the jobs of my staff," Beer told The Border Mail.
He has also put a number of his Victorian-based staff up at an Airbnb to avoid having to let them go.
"They're (my staff are) everything, that's number one," he said.
"I don't care if I don't train another winner for six months as long as these guys stay in a job. Without them, you're absolutely nothing."
"I think the lack of support has been pretty terrible. The NSW Trainers Association has been great, but that's what they're there to do, help trainers when they're in a certain situation.
"Racing Victoria is pretty happy when border trainers make up half the field in the North East (of Victoria), they get great revenue out of us, but when it comes to these sorts of problems, it's 'you're NSW, this isn't our problem'.
"I can't reiterate enough I'm not the only one, there's a lot of smaller (scale trainers) who are affected.
"Don't get me wrong, I've loved every minute of being in NSW and really beat the drums for country racing in NSW, but I think the silence from their end has been pretty upsetting."
LEADING Southern District jockey Blaike McDougall faces an anxious wait over the final nine days of the racing season.
McDougall, who has been suspended for the past three and a half weeks, holds a narrow lead in the NSW jockey's premiership.
McDougall sits on 122.5 NSW wins for the season, just three and a half clear of Andrew Gibbons.
Gibbons rode a winner at Canterbury on Wednesday to edge closer, and has seven rides at Tamworth on Friday.
Regardless on whether he holds on or not, it has been a huge season from McDougall.
TYLER Schiller enjoyed his first win since making the move to Sydney this week.
Schiller enjoyed success for Gerald Ryan on $6 chance Swahili Mai in a maiden at Wyong.
The young gun has six rides at Kembla Grange on Thursday as he looks to establish himself on the provincial circuit.
ALBURY jockey Brodie Loy has felt the wrath of stewards for his whip use over the past couple of weeks.
Stewards considered lodging a protest against Crocodile Cod at Wagga last Tuesday after Loy was found to use the whip on 11 occasions prior to the 100 metre mark when scoring a narrow win in the Maiden Plate (1600m).
While not going ahead with the protest, Loy was suspended from July 24 to July 27 for his actions.
Then at Randwick last Saturday, Loy was again summonsed to the stewards room for his whip use on Mr Magical, who ran second in the Highway Handicap (1100m).
Loy was found to have used the whip 10 times prior to the 100m mark and while stewards again decided against a protest, they suspended him from July 27 to August 3.
Loy said he will use the suspension to freshen up and get his weight right for the new season.
MAN Of Peace enjoyed another city success at Randwick last Saturday.
Man Of Peace relished the heavy conditions to win the $125,000 Benchmark 88 Handicap (1400m). It was his third Saturday city win for the season for part owners Bern Milne, Mick Mullins, Cath Heywood and Ray and Therese Burt.
CANBERRA trainer Keith Dryden has been around long enough to recognise a good run when he's having one.
After enjoying his Narrandera Cup win last Sunday with Gunga Din, Dryden went as far to say that it has been his best season of training.
"We've had a really good season, probably since I've been training the best 12 months I've had," Dryden told Inside Racing.
"Plenty of winners, good value winners plus good prizemoney so everything's fallen into place."
TIME for a correction.
Last week, Inside Racing reported that Noel Penfold has sold Takookacod to clients of the Norm Loy stable. It was infact Takissacod, her stablemate and sister.
Takookacod remains with Wagga trainer Scott Spackman.
Takissacod won three straight last preparation before running an impressive third in a Highway Handicap at Rosehill.
Inside Racing apologises for the error.
Monday: Leeton (TAB)
Friday: Wagga (TAB)
Tuesday: Young (TAB)
Sunday: Temora (TAB)