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Begg has no regrets about keeping All Silent


Trainer Grahame Begg was even happier on Monday about his decision not to chase another $1 million purse with stable star All Silent.

Grahame Begg Begg was an interested onlooker as Gilded Venom upstaged an eight-horse eastern states assault on the Railway Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

A bulk of the Melbourne and Sydney representation was left in All Silent’s wake in the $1 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington two weeks beforehand.

Included among the Emirates also-rans was Sniper’s Bullet, regarded as the luckless runner in the Railway when beaten in a photo by Gilded Venom.

Asked about his decision to spell All Silent rather than race on in the west, Begg replied: "Definitely no regrets.

"It’s a reality of modern-day racing that you can’t compete in all the carnivals.

"I want to set All Silent for the Doncaster and going to Perth would have made it impossible for him to be ready for Sydney."

Begg said he also noticed the pattern of racing at Ascot favoured horses racing close to the leading division.

"Nothing really ran on in the Railway," he said. "The backmarkers never got into it.

"My horse likes to settle well off the speed so he could have struggled as well."

Ascot officials were criticised for rolling the inside section of the track between races on Saturday which some trainers said created a "fast lane".

Melbourne trainer Peter Moody is reportedly writing a letter to Perth administrators, expressing his concern over the practice.

Begg, meantime, is confident he has a genuine AJC Australian Oaks prospect in Palacio De Cristal.

Palacio De Cristal ended an abbreviated spring campaign on a winning note in a Group Three fillies race over 1700m on VRC Oaks day and Begg is gearing her towards the main event in Sydney.

"Her breeding suggests she will stay," the trainer said.

Palacio De Cristal’s mother Crystal Palace, winner of the 1997 Queensland Oaks, is a full sister to multiple Group One winner Naturalism who also won up to 2400 metres.

By Warwick Barr