A PAIR of scratchings at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight have dramatically altered two Group Ones.
To the dismay of connections, outstanding trotter Tornado Valley has been withdrawn from the Great Southern Star.
Trainer Andy Gath reported his concerns about the gelding to Harness Racing Victoria stewards yesterday, with blood samples taken from the Inter Dominion winner to detect whether infection may be a factor.
With stipes ordering Tornado Valley to undergo a vet’s examination this morning, it was announced the squaregaiter would be scratched as a result of swelling in his near hind-leg.
Tornado Valley was a $1.50 favourite from barrier two, with Marcoola – which was considered the main danger – now at the head of affairs at $1.80 with TAB Fixed Odds from gate three.
Not long after Tornado Valley’s scratching, Perfect Major was withdrawn from the Victoria Derby.
A strong second in his heat after racing in the ‘death seat’, Perfect Major’s absence opens the door for his stablemate Demon Delight to gain a start in Australia’s oldest classic.
Held-up for a run when fifth in his qualifier, Demon Delight is expected to play a strong role in the Blue Riband from the pole.
The son of Bettors Delight has been backed in from back from $15 to $5 with TAB Fixed Odds.
New Zealand raider Im Anothermasterpiece remains the favourite having drifted slightly from $1.70 to $2.