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Sneaky Chance podcast: Our experts jump aboard the racing train, talking Winx and winners

THE spring has hardly sprung and already the Herald Sun’s gun racing writer Matt Stewart has flown out of the blocks with invaluable inside mail, a moral in the $1 million Memsie Stakes and a warning about the pitfalls of travelling in a train’s quiet carriage.

Stewart has declared $2.70 TAB favourite Vegas Magic a good thing in the Memsie at Caulfield on Saturday, and was privy to some key information during a visit to Godolphin’s NSW operations this week.

He said the Godolphin’s Alizee ($3) will be tough to beat in the Group 2 Furious Stakes at Randwick.

As for Stewart’stake on the quiet carriage and the naming hierarchy behind Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig tune into his Superracing’s podcast alongside Danny Russell and Gilbert Gardiner.

MATT STEWART, DANNY RUSSELL AND GILBERT GARDINER TALK WINNERS

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ROYAL RANDWICK (9 races)

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First race: 12.10pm

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Chelmsford Stakes (1600m)

Horse (Barrier) Trainer Jockey Weight
1. SENSE OF OCCASION (2) K Lees C Brown 59kg
2. RED EXCITEMENT (5) G Ryan J Parr 59kg
3. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (1) C Waller C Reith 59kg
4. LIBRAN (8) C Waller G Schofield 59kg
5. ALLERGIC (12) J Cummings T Clark 59kg
6. ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (10) C Waller T Angland 59kg
7. CHOCANTE (9) S Marsh R Hutchings 59kg
8. SARRASIN (4) C Waller M Walker 59kg
9. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (11) C Waller K McEvoy 59kg
10. HARPER’S CHOICE (6) G Ryan B Avdulla 58.5kg
11. WINX (3) C Waller H Bowman 57kg
12. LASQUETI SPIRIT (7) L Curtis J Ford 56.5kg

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GROUP 1-winning trainer Pat Carey’s excellent record almost certainly saved him from suspension after he admitted striking Trent Pennuto at Mornington racecourse in May.

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Judge John Bowman told Carey it was “line ball” decision to impose a $4000 fine instead of a suspension after accepting Carey’s actions were out of character.

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Carey clashed with Pennuto on May 15 after learning of an incident relating to a minor.

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Stewards said Carey confronted Pennuto, who was leading a horse without a bit in its mouth, before grabbing and shoving him near the stripping stalls.

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He then struck Pennuto the face with his right hand.

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The Racing And Disciplinary Board was told Pennuto was left with two black eyes, a blood nose and vomiting.

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Judge Bowman suppressed some of the evidence because an individual allegedly involved in an unspecified incident is a minor.

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Counsel for Carey said the incident was “of a deeply personal nature” and that Pennuto had contributed to the clash with Carey with the “disdain” he showed when approached.

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Stewards said the altercation could have resulted in a far worse outcome had the horse being led by Pennuto reacted and escaped.

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Judge Bowman referred to Carey’s “excellent” 43-year involvement in racing — a record described by stewards as “unblemished.”

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He also took into account Carey’s guilty plea and character references from Colin Alderson, Tony Noonan and Steven King.

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But he warned Carey he needed to consider the possible ramifications for his staff of 14 had he been suspended.

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Carey said he was “embarrassed” and “remorseful” because of the incident.

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Pennuto was last week banned from training for nine months after he was found guilty of illegally bicarb drenching one of his horses.

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When interviewed by Stewards, Pennuto allegedly said he intended drenching the horse because “I need a winner’.

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In 2015 one of Pennuto’s track riders, Damien Bradbury, was disqualified for 18 months for using a “jigger” at Mornington trackwork.

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Bradbury rode exclusively for Pennuto and the horse struck with the jigger was trained by Pennuto, but he was exonerated.

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