Newmarket Handicap 2021: Celebrity Queen faces vet examination before Group 1 sprint


Newmarket Handicap contender Celebrity Queen must pass a raceday veterinary inspection to take her place in the Group 1 Flemington sprint.

Newmarket Handicap contender Celebrity Queen must pass a veterinary inspection on Saturday morning to contest the $1.25m Group 1 Flemington sprint.

Trainer Grant Williams told the stewards the mare was “slightly short in her action” late on Thursday after pulling a left front plate during the week.

Celebrity Queen has missed no work despite the setback.

The mare showed no signs of lameness on Friday but will be closely monitored by the trainer.

Should Celebrity Queen pass her inspection on Saturday, prior to final scratching time (7.30am), the star West Australian sprinter has been approved to wear front bar plates.

Bookmaker TAB has Celebrity Queen and Sirius Suspect as $13 equal third favourites for the Group 1 Newmarket behind explosive three-year-old fillies September Run ($2.15) and Swats That ($7.50).

September Run launched to grab second in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes last start, her first defeat at Flemington in four runs down the straight, behind stablemate Nature Strip.

Champion trainer Chris Waller fired an ominous warning on Friday, predicting an even better run second-up for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner September Run.

“She looks even better now,” Waller told RSN 927. “Swats That gets a couple kilos off of us, but outside of that I’m not worrying about it too much.

“She’s in the best possible condition and normally in those races the best horses win.”


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