Nikolic case adjourned
Jockey Danny Nikolic will have to wait until the end of month to find out if his appeal against a two-year disqualification for misconduct is successful after Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday adjourned the hearing to November 28. During the proceedings Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey fought back tears as he told the hearing how he had phoned his wife just hours after being threatened by Nikolic to tell her that security had been arranged for that night. He told his wife that although he was staying in Euroa that night as he had ''important business'' in the area the following morning he would change his arrangements if needed. ''I told her what had happened and we had to make a decision,'' he said.''I told her there was security put on the house.'' He also told the hearing he gave a signed statement to the Purana Taskforce just days after the incident with Nikolic. ''I can't remember exactly what date it was made but I remember members of Purana coming around at night after work and it was done then,'' he said. Nikolic is expected to give evidence when the hearing resumes.
Sydney trainer bounces back
Sydney's leading trainer, Chris Waller, might have thought his luck was out when his mare Dystopia was just beaten in the G.H. Mumm Stakes on Thursday by Ross McDonald's Honey Flower, but he made amends in the Greys Plate when Arinosa, the $3.50 favourite, was guided to victory by former Victorian rider Brenton Avdulla. ''She is pretty easy to ride,'' Avdulla said. ''I just made sure she got clear galloping room and she does the rest.''
'Consolation' win for filly
It's always a feel-good day for a Flemington trainer to have a winner at his home track, so Danny O'Brien was smiling early in proceedings when he took the opening event with his progressive three-year-old filly Keep De Rose, who scored in the 1700-metre Visit Victoria Plate. O'Brien had been hoping to get the daughter of Keeper into the field for the VRC Oaks but decided after her last start - when she was well beaten in the Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield behind Alzora - to opt for this easier test. O'Brien now plans to set the New Zealand-bred filly on an Oaks trail in the autumn, when there are options in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. ''This is a bit of a consolation today for not running in the Oaks,'' he said. ''She's only lightly raced.''