Tulloch Lodge remain confident star colt Farnan has a big part to play in Saturday’s $15 million TAB The Everest after being given the green light to take his place in the richest race on turf at Randwick.
Farnan was subject to a Racing NSW veterinary inspection on Monday morning after the stable reported last Wednesday that the Golden Slipper winner had bruising to his off fore foot.
Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Toby Koenig ran the microscope over Farnan and gave the three-year-old the tick of approval to take his place in the main event later this week.
“He was given a thorough trot up and our vet found he was suitable to start on the weekend,” Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel said.
Farnan passed a vets check on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia
The setback came just 10 days out from The Everest however co-trainer Adrian Bott, who trains with Gai Waterhouse, remained confident Farnan would line up in the race this weekend.
“Obviously it was a minor setback last week and given the circumstances of the race we thought it was important to notify the stewards,” he said.
“He missed a day of work and got the treatment he needed so touch wood he has got through it.
“He had a nice gallop on Saturday morning and looks ready to go.”
Farnan’s last run was in the Group 2 Run To The Rose when he faded late after setting a hot tempo under the urging of Hugh Bowman.
The son of Not A Single Doubt was set to run last Saturday’s Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes but the stable decided against accepting for the race due to his bruising.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott train Farnan. Picture: Tim Hunter.Source:News Corp Australia
“He missed the run on Saturday and it would have been good to see him line up but he had a strong exhibition gallop the other day,” Bott said.
“He worked with Dawn Passage on that day and had his measure and Dawn Passage has since come up and run well.
“Given the timing of the issue it wasn’t ideal but he probably still could have taken his place on Saturday.
“We didn’t want to risk him.”
Tim Clark will ride Farnan in The Everest.
Farnan is hoping to become the second three-year-old to win The Everest after the Chris Waller-trained Yes Yes Yes claimed the race in 2019.
“They have a good record in the race which gives you confidence in that,” Bott said.
“We have always felt he was the top of the class colt of his generation.
“We haven’t quite had the opportunity to see that this prep but he is a bit of a forgotten horse heading into the race.”
Farnan is a $17 chance for The Everest with TAB.com.au
Originally published asFarnan given green light for Everest tilt
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