Trainer’s thoughts with Angland after bittersweet victory

John Thompson looked out at Sweet Deal and said: "There's a bit of sadness. This was Tye's last city winner here.''

As $30,000 mare Sweet Deal swelled her career earnings to $280,000 with a tough win under a big weight, Thompson's thoughts immediatelky turned to a Hong Kong hospital where Tye Angland has been laid up since a sickening fall a fortnight ago.

"There's no doubt he would have been on her today,'' Thompson said.

“Tye would have been on her today”: Sweet Deal in the red colours kicks clear for Josh Parr at Rosehill.Credit:AAP

"He's had a good association with her and with me. I've sent him a message. What can you do? My thoughts and prayers are with him. He's a good mate.''

Sweet Deal won on November 17 for Angland – a day before his fall. Josh Parr did well to overcome some trouble for a few strides at the top of the straight to win the TAB Rewards Handicap (1400m).

Angland, one of the most naturally gifted riders this  country has produced, has undergone surgery and there is no time frame on when he could be released.

Thompson is unsure if Sweet Deal will get the mile but will give thought to the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford after Christmas.

Getting his back up

Another horse who will definitely race in the Belle Of The Turf is Irithea, who opened up a yawning gap halfway up the straight in the previous race.

Trainer Bjorn Baker dubbed himself ''Back-Up Baker'' but was prepared to bypass next Saturday's Villiers Stakes with Irithea in favour of the Gosford mile.

Cobalt case put back

The Ben Smith cobalt inquiry looks set to be deferred until the new year after Friday's bombshell revelations that stewards may have wrongly charged people under an Australian rule.

Chief steward Marc Van Gestel confirmed that the hearing had been pushed well back after being originally being set down for Monday and Tuesday.

It comes as Racing Appeals Tribunal head David Armati revealed on Friday that Racing NSW stewards did not  have the power to penalise people the way they had using rule AR175.

The rule featured in high-profile cases involving Darren Smith and Sam Kavanagh, who were both hit with lengthy bans.

Armati received a submission from a separate case and realised the Racing NSW board had delegated all powers to boss Peter V'landys, who then sub-delegated the power to penalise under AR175 to stewards. Armati said V'landys needed to delegate the powers to a committee, not a single person such as a chief steward.

V'landys claimed he would fix the rule ''within 10 seconds'', and Armati's decision would not impact on previous cases.

I have no interest in talking to the press about it or any of you blokes.

The Sun-Herald contacted Kavanagh, who was in no mood to discuss whether he would appeal against his ban in light of the latest developments.

"I have no interest in talking to the press about it or any of you blokes. My case has been going on four years and it's had no coverage because that's what Racing NSW want. I have no interest taking it further [with you] now,'' Kavanagh said.

Fashion is Paine

Funky: Neil Paine struts his stuff at Rosehill.Credit:AAP

Neil Paine is known for his funky race-day get-up, but the jacket he trotted out on Saturday was right up there as one of his, ummmm . . . best looks.

The former hoop and Waterhouse-Bott stable representative donned a William David "Art Basel" slim-fit blazer, which we googled and discovered had been slashed from an outrageous $333.99 to an even more outrageous $152.99. His hat was by well-known Paddington milliner Neil Grigg.                                                                        "But the tie is probably $5 from Lowes,'' said Paine, who is often gifted clothes by racing's First Lady.

Abdon and dusted

Abdon had been 854 days between wins, but Chris Waller never lost faith in the English import, who used to be punched around back home by the great grump Frankie Dettori.

The six-year-old gelding finished over the top of stablemates Merovee, Araaja and Naval Warfare to make it a Waller first four in the Summer Racing Handicap (2000m) at Rosehill.

"He gallops so well at home, and every time the jockeys have come in and say, 'I would have won if', or 'I would have done this if', so we wanted to get rid of the 'ifs','' Waller stable representative Charlie Duckworth.

Overdue: James McDonald returns to scale on Abdon.Credit:AAP

Duckworth hoped the win would boost Abdon's confidence, similar to the way a victory did wonders for Exoteric.

Exoteric will race next Saturday in the Christmas Cup and could be joined by Abdon, as well as Life Less Ordinary, who races in the same white, green and red colours as Abdon.

Gone but not forgotten

Still on the Waller camp, their filly Zalatte looks a serious early Oaks contender, making it two wins from two starts.

For winning jockey Jay Ford, Zalette almost evoked memories of Unforgotten, the Waller filly he rode to victory at a non-descript Rosehill meeting 12 months ago before she went on to win the Oaks.

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