Premier trainer Chris Waller expects My Kingdom Of Fife to race again despite the import being ruled out of the Cox Plate due to a near-foreleg injury.

‘‘I don’t like to put a Band-Aid on things, I think he is in grave doubt for the autumn,’’ Waller said at Canterbury yesterday shortly after his galloper Said Com scored a slashing win on debut. ‘‘I consider him a young horse, he’ll be back next year, don’t worry about that.’‘

Formerly owned by the Queen, My Kingdom Of Fife was bought by Richard Pegum, whose other import December Draw is as short as $2.70 to win Saturday week’s Caulfield Cup.

A group 1 winner of the Queen Elizabeth in the autumn, My Kingdom Of Fife waltzed away with last Saturday’s Craven Plate at Randwick.

Waller declared Said Com ‘‘top class’’ and pointed out owner Neville Morgan knows the ‘‘ups and downs’’ of racing having owned the multiple group 1 winner Rangirangdoo, which is also in the paddock.

‘‘It turns around pretty quickly in this game,’’ Waller said. ‘‘Thank God for good owners and staff that keep these horses going.’‘

Waller’s Metropolitan quinella of last Saturday, The Verminator and Hawk Island, are heading south for the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup respectively.

Meanwhile, trainer Grahame Begg has confirmed Epsom winner Secret Admirer will run in the Cox Plate.


Hugh Bowman headed straight for Sydney Airport after bagging three winners at Canterbury yesterday. ‘‘I can’t ride Lion Tamer in a race but I want to get a feel of him,’’ Bowman said. Lion Tamer goes into Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes as favourite after a strong Underwood Stakes victory. Jockey Michael Rodd will stick with Lion Tamer in the Caulfield Stakes because Bowman was suspended at Flemington last Sunday.


Just four days after a group 1 double at Randwick with Streama and Doctor Doom, usually placid trainer Guy Walter erupted up in the stewards room at Canterbury. ‘‘At what stage can I bring the horse back to the races?’’ Walter repeated a couple of times before adding ‘‘when the hair grows back’‘. Stewards had just ordered the scratching of Walter’s galloper Straight Albert from the final event. Walter made an impassioned plea, informing stipes that the owners had paid 3½months of bills to get the horse to Canterbury and had driven from Walcha to watch their galloper. Racing NSW veterinarian Craig Suann and fellow horse doc Tim Crisp declared Straight Albert was carrying an infectious disease. Walter admitted to treating the horse for ringworm up until five days ago. ‘‘I don’t understand it, I’ve raced horses worse than that,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not happy, I can’t understand the decision.’‘


A story in yesterday’s Herald indicated that the former federal minister Peter McGauran was approached by the state’s Racing Minister, George Souris, in regard to heading a new integrity department covering thoroughbred and harness racing in NSW. McGauran said he had no direct or indirect discussions with Souris over the matter.