The Brad Widdup-trained Icebath has secured a start in the $3 million Doncaster Mile after the scratching of Gem Song on Thursday.
Gem Song’s trainer Kris Lees informed stewards that the gelding pulled up “lame in the off fore leg after working” on Thursday morning and will be spelled.
Icebath was a controversial omission from the Doncaster field of 20 after Racing NSW handicappers chose to lower the mare’s benchmark performance rating by two points following her fourth placing in last Saturday’s Group 2 Emancipation Stakes.
The decision by the handicappers allowed Surround Stakes winner Forbidden Love and the Hawkes Racing-trained Rock to leap above the Golden Eagle runner-up in the Doncaster Mile order of entry.
Icebath’s trainer Brad Widdup. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Of the horses that finished behind Icebath in the Emancipation Stakes only two other runners had their benchmark reduced following the race – Sweet Deal and Irithea, both by a solitary point despite finishing 1-1/4 lengths and 6-1/2 lengths behind Icebath.
Icebath will be ridden by Jay Ford in the Doncaster Mile and firmed from $34 into $21 with TAB Fixed Odds after securing a start.
The daughter of two-time Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls will appreciate the 24mm of rain that fell at Randwick overnight, lowering the track rating to a heavy (9).
Originally published asControversial omission gains a Doncaster start
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