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Le Romain gets a start in the All-Star Mile

  • Le Romain in, Foundry out
Le Romain

Group One winner Le Romain will line-up in the All-Star Mile at Flemington on Saturday, with the scratching of Foundry on Friday Morning. 

Racing Victoria veterinary stewards announced at 10.15am on Friday that Foundry would be scratched from the race, after he was found to be lame in the near-side leg. 

Dwayne Dunn will take the on Le Romain.



His trainer Kris Lees is confident the gelding shapes as one of the better-credentialed runners in Saturday's $5 million race over 1600m at Flemington.

"We took the long road but we got there," Lees said.

"I can't fault the horse. The three-week gap between his last run he will appreciate. He had a jump-out last Friday where he performed well and he backed that up with a nice gallop on the course proper at Flemington on Tuesday.

"He's going into the race in good order and from a soft gate he looks to get a lovely run. He'll run well."

Le Romain was second to All-Star Mile favourite Alizee first-up this campaign in the Expressway Stakes in Sydney before being unplaced in the Group One Futurity Stakes, also won by Alizee, last start.

He has won the Group One Cantala Stakes over the Flemington 1600m in 2016 while he also finished second in last year's Cantala carrying 57.5kg.

Lees has been keen to get Le Romain into the All-Star Mile since the race was announced in November.

"We brought him in a touch earlier this preparation with a view of the program that has now eventuated," Lees said.

"He's getting there in the right frame of mind and the right condition.

"He's a Group One winner at weight-for-age and I think he's one of three or four horses who are in quite well at weight-for-age.

"And he has performed at the mile on this track."

Racing Victoria vets are still yet to look over Urban Ruler, who was also found to be lame on Thursday, as well as the Western Australian galloper Material Man. 

The remaining three emergencies in order are, Trap For Fools, Hellova Street and He Or She. The inclusion of the Jarrod McLean-trained Trap For Fools would change the race dynamic completely. 


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