Small field for Flemington feature

A revised rule designed to protect the quality of feature races will deny the Victoria Racing Club an eight-horse field for Saturday’s main race the $140,000 Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m).

Nominations were extended for the race where Group 1 winner Microphone is expected to make his return until Tuesday morning after eight horses were among the original nominations on Monday.

But just an hour after entries closed on Monday, the connections of Triguboff withdrew the galloper from the race, which saved Racing Victoria the task of dumping the horse as its domestic rating was fractionally too low to nominate for a race of the quality of the Kensington.

In February, 2018, Racing Victoria enacted a new rule where listed and open class metropolitan races could only be contested by horses with a domestic rating of 65 and above.

At the same time, Racing Victoria amended the rules for Group races with horses having to boast a minimum rating of 70 to be able to nominate.

Triguboff narrowly missed the cut-off as his rating was 64, thereby reducing the potential final field from eight to seven.

The Kensington Stakes did receive a late entry on Tuesday morning to bring the nominations back to eight, there full each-way betting can be offered.

But within moments of accepting the nomination for the Robbie Griffiths-trained Du Well, Racing Victoria again had to dump her from the line-up as she too had a rating of just 64.

The Kensington Stakes continues the theme of small sprinting fields down the Flemington straight this summer. Halvorsen has won twice down during the period, defeating six and seven rivals respectively while Blazejowski won an 1100-metre contest against six rivals last Saturday.

A total of 14 races down the Flemington straight has attracted 132 starters since December 1.

Flemington's straight sprint course, picture ThoroughbredNEWS