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Danish cops the grandstand in Coolmore


Brilliant mare Hot Danish is in doubt for Saturday’s Coolmore Classic after being given what trainer Les Bridge believes is an unfair weight for the Group One race at Rosehill.

As expected Hot Danish was made topweight but Bridge said he wasn’t expecting the handicapper to give her 59 kilograms.
“They haven’t missed her,” Bridge said.
“With the 51 (kilogram) limit I was expecting her to get 57.5 or 58 but now she’s got this weight I’ll have to discuss it with the owners, we might not run her.”
Hot Danish carried 57 kilograms in the 2008 Coolmore in which she finished second to Eskimo Queen on a heavy track.
Five-year-old Hot Danish has won both her starts this campaign with her latest a stunning effort in the Wiggle Quality (1400m) under 61 kilograms.
New Zealand Group One winner Culminate is next in the weights for the Coolmore with 56 kilograms while Eskimo Queen has one kilogram lighter.
One trainer pleased with the weights and confident of his chances is Joe Pride who saddles up last-start Group Three Liverpool City Cup winner Judged who has 54kg.
“I’m confident that with a five-kilogram advantage we can beat her (Hot Danish),” Pride said.
“She’s very well placed on her favourite track and Jimmy Cassidy knows how to get the best out of the mare as he showed last time out.
“In the Liverpool City Cup she wasn’t in the picture until the last minute, that’s the best way to ride her and that’s what you’ll see again on Saturday, she can win this race.”
Meanwhile, trainer Peter Snowden advised Racing NSW stewards that Disciplined had pulled up well from her race last Saturday and he would now experiment with a tongue tie in the mare’s trackwork.
Disciplined returned to the mounting enclosure with her tongue over the bit following her unplaced run in the Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.
Snowden said he was undecided about to backing the mare up in Saturday’s Star Kingdom Stakes at Rosehill.

By Russell Jackson