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Price, Kent form training partnership

Group 1 winning trainer Mick Price has formed a training partnership with Michael Kent junior.

Price confirmed to Racing.com that the partnership will commence next week as he expands his operations from Caulfield to also include 40 boxes at Warrnambool.

"I still rely heavily on Mick Nolan but I need to be mixing up two trainers at two locations at different times," Price said on Wednesday.

"I don't want any dilution of attention to detail here at Caulfield so two will be good and it will allow me to improve the quality of training."

"I have observed a lot of training partnerships and I think the good ones work successfully and I think they are a good idea if you wish to maintain the attention to detail on the bigger numbers."

Kent is the son of the Cranbourne-based trainer of the same name.

Michael Kent Jnr. (right) with Kerrin McEvoy

County eyes Guineas consolation

Co-trainer Andrew Forsman is hoping the recent failed sale of Madison County (NZ) (Pins) can provide a silver lining in the form of a win in the G1 Randwick Guineas.

Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, admitted the failed seven figure sale had disrupted Madison County's campaign but that he would acquit himself well against a very strong field, which includes Australia's best 3-year-old The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice).

“In an ideal world, if we were going to be running in a Randwick Guineas he would have run in the Hobartville and that would have given him a much better preparation going into it,” Baker said.

“It’s a while between runs,” Forsman said. “Going up to a mile up against some classy horses is not how you would normally do things, but that is out of our hands. Hopefully he is classy enough to get away with it."

“He did win the (New Zealand) 2000 Guineas at Riccarton in November, that was at a mile. He then had a break and came back in January and won a Group 1 mile (Levin Classic) off the back of a break."

“If any horse can get away with it, we know he has done it before. But it is another level up on Saturday."

Madison County winning the G1 Levin Classic

Leading TAB trader resigns after being warned off

Prominent trading manager Sally Snow has been warned off all Australian racetracks and has resigned from her position with the TAB.

Racing NSW issued an order warning Snow off racecourses for 'failing to adhere to directions of Racing NSW Stewards.'

“Mrs Snow was repeatedly directed to produce her mobile telephone(s) to the Racing NSW Stewards in relation to an investigation and inquiry into betting activities,” the Racing NSW release said.

“Mrs Snow refused to produce her mobile telephone(s) for imaging, as directed, on the basis that she wished to assert her common law privilege against self-incrimination and also informed the Racing NSW Stewards that also intended to assert common law privilege against self-incrimination and not provide any information or evidence at any inquiry."

“Mrs Snow was repeatedly warned that failure to co-operate would be subject to sanction without further notice, including possibility of being warned off until she did fully cooperate.”

Tabcorp issued a statement confirming Snow had resigned on Wednesday, saying it was her decision and that it respected that the integrity of racing and sport is paramount.

Ardrossan's return on hold

Ardrossan's (Redoute's Choice) return to Australian racing will have to wait another week after he arrived in Sydney with an elevated temperature.

Trainer Stephen Marsh had intended to start the last start Group 1 placegetter in Saturday's G1 Canterbury S. but has had to change plans.

“He travelled over on Monday night and had a bit of a temperature and his blood wasn’t 100 percent,” Marsh said.

“It doesn’t look to be major. The vets are pretty confident he is going to bounce back really quickly."

“We have pulled him out of this Saturday and he will now run in a Group 3 1100m (Maurice McCarten S.) at Rosehill next Saturday with James McDonald on. So not all is lost."

“It will be a pretty decent assignment first up in Australia this time in, so it looks a lot easier next week.”


Bogenhuber undergoing tests

Queensland jockey Skye Bogenhuber is having additional scans after she suffered suffering a small bleed on the brain caused by a fall when riding at the Toowoomba jumpouts.

Bogenhuber was taken to Toowoomba Base Hospital after being dislodged during jumpouts on Tuesday.

Racing Queensland said she would undergo further scans and be assessed by neurologists.

Bogenhuber did not sustain any broken bones or other injuries in the incident and her reactions and reflexes are reportedly normal.

Racing cancelled at Santa Anita

from TDN America

Santa Anita has cancelled racing indefinitely as track management continues to try to get to the bottom of what has caused a run of fatalities at the track since December 26.

Tim Ritvo, Stronach Group COO, confirmed to DRF that the earliest racing would resume is Sunday. The timing is particularly bad as Saturday’s card is among the biggest of the meet and includes four graded stakes races, including the G1 Santa Anita Handicap and the G2 San Felipe, a major prep for the G1 Kentucky Derby. The San Felipe was expected to attract two of the top 3-year-old Kentucky Derby contenders in the country in Game Winner (USA) (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Improbable (USA) (City Zip {USA}).

Santa Anita recently brought back its former track superintendent Dennis Moore as a consultant. It will be Moore’s responsibility to, hopefully, find a problem with the track and fix it.

“We’re going to discontinue training and racing until further notice,” Ritvo told the Form. “We’ll give Dennis a chance to fully examine everything.”

“We want to gather all the information we can. We have to give people the chance to train. It could be possible the following weekend that Dennis gives the okay that people can train over the track.”