THERE were only two horses at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale that Mornington trainer Mark Riley wanted, and not even a possible appearance at the Court of Appeal could stop him from buying them.
Unfortunately for Riley one of those colts, by Starspangledbanner from Sassy Minx, failed the post-sale scope, but he’s more than satisfied to be taking home Lot 824, a chestnut colt by Written Tycoon from Rate The Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) for which he paid $230,000.
Any purchase of that amount may seem a risky one for a small stable, especially considering that Racing Victoria has applied to the Court of Appeal following the Supreme Court’s decision on October 1 last year to overturn Riley’s three-year disqualification. The charge was related to an elevated TC02 reading returned by Gold For Kev at Sandown on July 13, 2015.
Justice Kevin Bell found that test results on Gold For Kev had been rounded up and that the readings should not have resulted in disqualification. But a resilient Riley said he was left with no choice and is simply moving on with business as usual.
“I’ve had my career on hold for 18 months already; I wasn’t going to wait in limbo any longer. These things can go for another 12 months, it’s my career and my livelihood,” said Riley.
“The stable is going well (four winners in the last month) but I had to go and buy new horses. If you ...