Railway Stakes winner Luckygray has been cleared to run in today's $200,000 weight-for-age WAROA Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot after passing a stewards inspection yesterday.
The Gino Poletti-trained five-year-old, who boasts more than $1.1 million in stakes, was struck by a viral infection early into Melbourne's spring.
A hot favourite for the Lee-Steere, he is entered in the $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) and $500,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
"Stewards visited Luckygray's stable," chief steward Brad Lewis said. "The horse was inspected and his medication records examined.
"We have no concerns and Luckygray is clear to race."
Luckygray ran fourth in the Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at his Melbourne debut on August 18, but faded to 11th in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks later. He was found to have a virus and immediately sent for a spell.
He finished a close third in a 1000m trial at Belmont last Monday week.
Poletti said today's performance would decide if Luckygray tackled the Railway, which he won last year on protest, or the Winterbottom.
Meanwhile, trainer Gavin Slater received a 12-month disqualification when stewards yesterday inquired into a positive swab from Youbetya after a Northam win on September 20. An elevated testosterone level was detected in a post-race urine sample.
·Racing Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey accused former trainer Tony Karakatsanis of not knowing the difference between a chaff bag full of hay and one containing a bucket, a funnel, some powders and two lengths of plastic tubing.
Karakatsanis informed an inquiry into the discovery of the equipment used for stomach-tubing horses that he picked up the bag containing it in the belief it contained hay.
The inquiry results from a raid by stewards on the Flemington stable housing the horse Howmuchdoyouloveme trained by Karakatsanis' son Con before he ran last Saturday.
The stewards observed Con Karakatsanis, his father, Victorian trainer Pat Cannon and another man in conversation in the stable.
The stewards adjourned the inquiry to a date to be fixed.