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Miracle Time … in the wars at Kranji on Sunday.

Really, what next? Miracle Time stumbles out of the gates and is eased out of race

The drama that has recently dogged Lincoln Farms’ team in Singapore continued last night when Miracle Time was eased out of his race in the home straight, his rider suspecting he had gone amiss.

Miracle Time, expected to be right in the fight by trainer Stephen Gray, stumbled badly on jumping out of the gates and went down on his nose, stewards’ video footage showing jockey Callan Murray was lucky to retain his seat.

The horse bounced back up and while he lost a little ground Murray pushed him up the fence, says Gray.

“Not long after that the jock said the horse felt a bit awkward. He kept going to see if he’d work out of it but on the turn and into the straight he said he felt worse and he thought he’d gone amiss so he eased him up.

“When I looked at him afterwards I couldn’t see anything wrong with him. He hadn’t bled as he scoped clean.’’

When later trotted up for the club vets, Miracle Time seemed OK too.

“The vets think he must have struck himself, hit his coffin bone or back part of the heel or foot or fetlock. They said it would have hurt like hell.

“But I couldn’t see any marks so everyone’s guessing.’’

Miracle Time was found to have cast the shoe on his near foreleg and stewards ordered he pass a 1000 metre gallop trial and vet examination before being allowed to race again.

“It’s frustrating because I thought he’d be right in it.

“You’ve had some drama with your horses in the last couple of weeks but this isn’t a game for sookies.’’

Gray is nursing Lincoln Farms’ Cru Bourgeois back to health after he whacked his head in the starting gates last week and fractured a bone above his eye, which required surgery.

Stablemate Rock Me Easy didn’t even make it to the start line on Sunday - he coughed several times after a track gallop earlier in the week and is now on antibiotics.

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Shane Baertschiger

Shane’s comments

Friday night at Kranji

Race 6: Darci’s Boy
2am NZ time

“The 1200 metres on the polytrack is short of his best but the way he trialled you have to like him a bit. I’m happy with the draw, it’s only a mediocre field, and I expect him to run well.’’

Race 8: Silent Prince
3.05am NZ time

“He’s in need of the run and from 15 at the gate he’ll go back to second or third last. I just want to see him working home nicely.’’

Race Images - Gallops

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News in brief

ROCK ME COUGHING: Trainer Stephen Gray didn’t pay up for Rock Me Easy to race this weekend as planned after the horse coughed a couple of times following his gallop on Tuesday. He is being treated with antibiotics and should be OK to run in three weeks.

MOONLIGHT WANES: A veterinary exam of Lincoln Moonlight failed to find anything amiss after he ran only sixth, four lengths from the winner on Friday night. The horse blundered on jumping, had to be eased off heels soon after, then was forced to race three wide throughout. Rider Matthew Kellady reported the horse raced keenly and tired noticeably in the run home.

SO LONG SAINT: Saint Lincoln will be sold to Malaysia after bleeding for the second time. The five-year-old won two of his 14 starts in Singapore for earnings of S$45,911.

MORE RAZZ: On The Razz enjoyed a roll in the sand before showing his first bit of sparkle at Kranji, running on well from last at the 300 metres to finish seventh. The 1000 metre trip was far too short for the son of Magic Albert, who is out of a Zabeel mare, but he is being fitted for a 1400 metre event in January.