CAULFIELD CUP-BOUND: Fernleighs Scott Seamer, aboard Darci Brahma.
CAULFIELD CUP-BOUND: Fernleighs Scott Seamer, aboard Darci Brahma.

Seamer gets Caulfield ride

By STEVE SPINKS

FERNLEIGH jockey Scott Seamer has been nominated as the jockey for Cinque Cento for Saturday's Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.

Seamer, who rode the six-year-old mare at the recent Group One Turnbull Stakes at Flemington earlier this month, which was won by Devil Moon, has been allotted the ride by trainer Peter Moody.

Seamer has had a long association with Moody's stable having ridden Ancient Song to give Moody his second of six Group One wins in the 2003 Salinger Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

Cinque Cento's best win to date is in the Group Three BTC Doomben Roses as a three-year-old.

The mare is a daughter of former Melbourne Cup runner-up Nothin' Leica Dane.

The barrier draw will be conducted this morning. Meanwhile, the Tweed River Jockey Club has abandoned plans for the staging of Murwillumbah's 2007 Melbourne Cup meeting.

According to Jockey Club chairman, Bernie Quinn, the decision was the only alternative following the outbreak of Equine influenza (EI) in Australia.

"The club's board of directors were very disappointed in having to take that decision, but there was no viable alternative in this menacing landscape of Equine influenza," Mr Quinn said.

"On the one hand you have the strict requirements stipulated by the Department of Primary Industries for the staging of even a limited, so-called 'special' meeting, and on the other the unpredictable, fluid nature of the situation in terms of EI.

"Also, the board felt that caution needs to be paramount at this time, when considering the safety and long term well-being of the region's thoroughbred racing industry."

Mr Quinn said that the jockey club remained forward looking and optimistic, and was keen for planning to get under way for a huge 2008 Murwillumbah Melbourne Cup Day meeting to make up for the current disappointment.

Decisions on the Lismore Turf Club's and Ballina Jockey Club's Cup carnivals will be made in early November.



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