ODDS AND SODS
OWNERS wishing to register a horse to race will have to waive their right to trademark their horse - as have the owners of superstar Black Caviar - and instead are now being forced to do so through Racing Victoria. RVL chief executive Rob Hines said yesterday that while authorities were delighted with how Black Caviar's owners had always given permission for RVL to use images of the great mare and her trademarked salmon and black colours for promotional purposes, the process had become cumbersome. ''By assigning those rights to the industry, it takes away the need to have to contact all the owners and be constantly asking permission,'' Hines said. The new rule affects all horses registered after October 1 this year.
Racing's drug rules loosened
There has been some tinkering to the racing rules to allow screening limits for therapeutic substances. As of October 1, the Australian Racing Board has allowed a list of non-performance-enhancing drugs to have a screening limit due to improved technology that has dramatically increased the sensitivity of drug tests. Also, the ARB has allowed authorities discretion when ruling on elevated testosterone levels in geldings following tests done on a number of horses. As the tests found that horses that travelled long distances often had higher testosterone levels, stewards are not forced to charge a trainer for a drug offence if they are satisfied the elevated presence of testosterone is not a result of an unlawful administration.
Moody star out for the spring
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner, Moment Of Change, has been sent to the paddock following an untimely ankle injury. Moment Of Change was to start this Saturday in the Toorak Handicap but his trainer Peter Moody confirmed that the horse was injured at trackwork on Saturday. While the injury was not career-threatening, it was decided to send him to the paddock to recover fully in time for next autumn.
Solemia keeps Arc at home
French outsider Solemia got up on the line to edge out Japanese raider Orfevre and win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. Orfevre, Japan's 2011 horse of the year, looked certain to claim his country's first victory in Europe's most prestigious race when he swept through to hit the front, but the $4.50 chance hung right towards the rails and was caught by the fast-finishing Solemia, who gave jockey Olivier Peslier a fourth win in the race. Orfevre looked certain to win and break the 33-year drought in the race for Japanese horses until his mistake in the closing stages.