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Godolphin Sydney Cup plans at weekend

J A McGrath

A decision on whether Penglai Pavilion and Polarisation line up again in a re-run of the G1 Sydney Cup will be taken by the weekend, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby said from his Newmarket (UK) office.

Australian Turf Club officials have set aside April 22 as the date for the rescheduled Sydney Cup after the original race on Saturday was declared void on safety grounds following a fall at the turn out of the home straight.

Appleby reported both Godolphin horses had lost 2kg in body weight after their exertions in the void race. There were six horses, who completed the 3,200m, their riders not acknowledging calls to pull up from by-standers at the start and an outrider.

"James Ferguson (assistant trainer) said both horses seem fine (Sunday), but we will monitor them this week before deciding whether to run. There will be no rush.

"This is not an ideal situation, but we are taking a serious look at having another crack at the race.

"The main consideration is the horses themselves. If they are bouncing again by Friday, then there is every chance they will run on April 22.

"If they are not, then we will bring them back home to the UK and wait for the Melbourne Spring," Appleby said.

Asked his reaction to the likelihood that the Sydney Cup would be re-opened and fresh entries taken, Appleby replied: "It's annoying, but there's not a lot we can do about it."