A significant ratings penalty for winning Saturday's $80,000 Beaufine Stakes (1000m) at Belmont Park could prompt trainer Paul Jordan and connections of Right Time not to run the progressive three-year-old.
Jordan and Right Time's owners were last night weighing up whether to run in the Listed dash with the prospect of a ratings penalty of around 10 points if he is victorious.
Chief handicapper David Hunter said Right Time's current rating of 87 would be hoisted to around 97 if he won. The penalty would also depend on how impressively he won.
Right Time burst into Beaufine Stakes calculations when he crossed from barrier 15 with ease to score an impressive 1¾-length win over Recode over 1000m last Saturday week.
It was the Snippetson gelding's fourth win from his last five starts and sixth overall from 16 outings.
Jordan said a decision on whether Right Time starts in the Beaufine would be made today.
"There's a 74-plus rating race over 1000m the following Saturday which he would get 60.5kg in and we would use a 3kg claimer," Jordan said. "That's something we're considering."
"The difference in first prize money is only a bit more than $20,000 between that and the Beaufine. I'll talk with the owners and a decision will be made in the morning."
Craig Staples is tentatively booked to ride Right Time, who drew barrier nine with 14 entries for the feature sprint.
Trainer Jim Taylor hopes Latoria, who drew awkwardly in barrier 10, still has the sprint in her legs to feature prominently over the 1000m.
Under a quiet ride from race rider Jason Brown, Latoria was a comfortable 1000m trial winner over Side Splitter at Belmont on Monday.
"She might not quite be as zippy as she used to be and might be better over 1100 and 1200," Taylor said.
"But with the blinkers on she's usually a lot sharper. She's only half a kilo off the minimum (with 54.5kg) and would be hard to beat if she's at her top.
"That remains to be seen."
Hadabeclorka is the 59.5kg topweight with Glenn Smith to ride. Shaun McGruddy is set for his first race ride on Werd, who has 59kg.
·Sydney Businessman was yesterday reinstated as the winner of race six at Bunbury on December 18 last year after an appeal by connections against his disqualification was upheld by the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal.
Sydney Businessman was disqualified after a stewards' inquiry discovered he had bled for a second time in the lead-up to the race.The RPAT determined a bleeder cannot be declared retrospectively. Sydney Businessman remains banned from racing for life because he has bled twice.
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