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RV stewards' in a spin over Gatting

Racegoers at Flemington weren’t the only ones stunned with the $101 win of Gatting in the $750,000 G1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Racing Victoria stewards were also having trouble working out how the horse could improve so sharply from a beaten run at Belmont in a listed race to winning one of the biggest Group 1 mile races of the spring at Flemington.

So chief steward Robert Cram called in trainer Darren McAuliffe to explain.

"Last start he had a terrible ride," McAuliffe said.

"They went really slowly and he was way too keen and over-raced and today he was given the perfect ride.

"He’s a horse with great aerobic capacity. The faster they go the better he goes and we saw that today,

"He’s a (WA) Derby winner and he ran second in the Railway in the quickest time."

McAuliffe was asked whether he believed the horse could win.

"To be honest, no," he said.

"The market indicated that. I told connections that I would be happy if we were hitting the line."

Gatting and Jamie Kah, picture Quentinjlang.com

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