Le Romain may give Stradbroke a swerve
GROUP 1 winner Le Romain could follow the lead of In Her Time and skip the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap after an already lengthy campaign.
The Kris Lee trained five-year-old was given top weight of 58kgs for the June 9 feature in Brisbane and was on the third line of betting at $10 with TAB fixed odds.
But after contesting five straight Group 1 races, with three placings including finishing second behind Impending in last week's Kingsford Smith Cup at Doomben, Lees is inclined to turn the gelding out until the spring.
The Brisbane Racing Club confirmed the Stradbroke would have a full field of 16 starters, the same as last year, from the 118 nominations.
English yesterday was confirmed as a non-starter in the race with a view to the $13 million Everest. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have decided to send the dual Group One-winner for a spell.
The training partnership made the call after English ran fourth in the Group One Kingsford Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday after winning the Group One Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on May 12.
"She ran a good race but she's had enough now this preparation," Bott said.
English, who was sixth in the inaugural Everest last spring, started her campaign in February and had five starts, including four at Group One level. "She's been up a while. We were hoping she still had enough left and I think she held her form from her last start but the stretch out in trip was tough," Bott said.
"The Stradbroke was an option, though it was always less likely than more likely." The priority is a start in The Everest at Randwick in October, although the Tabcorp slot English occupied last year has been secured by the Ben Smith-trained In Her Time.
JOCKEYS Dale Smith and Jake Noonan both lost appeals against careless riding at the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday and won't be back in the saddle until next month.
Smith, found guilty after his ride on Equiamico at Geelong on May 27, was successful in his appeal against the severity of the ban, but will still miss eight meetings and can't ride again until June 9.
Noonan was given a 10 meeting ban for careless riding on Mutual Respect at Moe on May 24, and his suspension was upheld after his appeal. He can't ride again until June 10.
Both jockeys' suspensions are due to start after Wednesday's meeting at Sale.