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Nikolic suspended
Nanjing Night Net

for five meetings

[BB] SYDNEY – Victorian jockey Danny Nikolic will be back to ride Mummify in The BMW in a fortnight despite being suspended for five meetings at Rosehill yesterday. Nikolic fell foul of Sydney stewards after causing interference aboard Terracotta Bay in the Phar Lap Stakes, which was won by exciting filly Only Words.

The Caulfield Cup-winning hoop will begin his penalty immediately in order to be clear to resume riding on the lucrative Golden Slipper day, which boasts nine stakes races including the $2 million The BMW (2400m) in which he rides Mummify.

Crowd unaffected

by lack of coverage

SYDNEY – The lack of Sky Channel coverage of yesterday’s Rosehill meeting had little effect on crowd figures or turnover, racing officials said.

Bookmakers in the Sydney ring said it was business as usual while the Sydney Turf Club was thrilled with the official attendance of 15,549.

“Last year on this day we had 17,000 which was an exceptional year but the two years before that we had around 12,000,” STC chief executive Michael Kenny said.

“Our reports are that turnover both on and off course is about the same as usual.

“We will continue next week to try to resolve the issue but the day wasn’t disastrous as some predicted.”

Sky also cut off transmission of interstate races to the on- course monitors but Kenny said he hoped that would not happen at next week’s Darley Rosehill Guineas meeting.

Blinkers do the

trick for Brannigan

MELBOURNE – Blinkers did the trick for promising two- year-old Brannigan, who scored an easy win in yesterday’s Schweppervescence Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

The Flying Spur gelding had raced greenly when runner-up at his only two other starts at Morphettville, including when second to Prancelot in the Testa Rossa stakes (1000m) last month.

Ridden by Darren Gauci, the John Hawkes-trained Brannigan was favourite and led throughout to score by 23/4 lengths from Carlton Ace with Activation three lengths away third.

“He’s a big horse and very athletic,” Gauci said yesterday.

“He’s very good on his feet and the blinkers on really helped him today.”

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