No Luck for Reinstatement in 2016 Tasmanian Derby for Smerdon

February 5th, 2016

Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon was forced to scratch stable mates Spirited Character and Infinite Reign from the field for Friday’s 2016 Tasmanian Derby (2400m) when it was reported both horses suffered minor ailments on the ferry from Victoria.

Spirited Character booked his ticket to the 2016 Tasmanian Derby off the back of a number of impressive performances, highlighted by success in the Winning Edge Presentations Maiden (2000m) on December 13th.

Infinite Reign has proven a good affiliation with staying distances, but was unlucky to be hampered late in each of his two most recent performances; finishing eighth in the Wt Partnership Handicap (2040m) on January 23rd last time out.

Having been cleared of any injury via a second-opinion upon his arrival in Tasmania, Smerdon railed to have Spirited Character’s position in the Derby field reinstated but to no avail.

Infinite Reign did something in transit and took some skin off his hocks and his hindquarters,” Smerdon told Racenet.

“They informed me that they both had superficial issues while they were travelling but they are now saying Spirited Character is unaffected.

“The first report was that both horses were involved in it but it appears that’s not the case.”

Tasmanian Racing Chief Steward Anthony O’Connell confirmed a request for re-instatement was rare, and there was nothing he could do to see Spirited Character back into the field.

“The actual logistics of betting would also be a nightmare for wagering providers,” O’Connell said.

“A horse would come out of the market, which would be readjusted and bets have been placed then, if a horse is reinstated, that market needs to be further readjusted to where it was.

“That’s not the be all and end all but it’s certainly a consideration.

“It’s unfortunate for Robert, the owners and the club down here because there are two less runners in the Derby but we won’t be reinstating the horse.”

Six runners remain in the 2016 Tasmanian Derby field and the Darren Weir-trained How Be Thy Name leads betting markets at a quote of $2.20 for success with

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