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GOING DOWN UNDER Slade Power Oz Timeline

September 24

Left Eddie Lynam's County Meath yard to travel to Australia.

October 11

Arrived at Werribee Racecourse, the international quarantine base.

October 25

Moved to Darley's Godolphin training base.

October 28

Got upset in the stalls during a routine barrier trial after stalls handlers pullled off his hood too early.

October 28

Chief Steward Terry Bailey confirms Slade Power will not get permission to load last into the starting stalls stating: "I don't see that we should have to make any special considerations."

October 29

Eddie Lynam expresses concerns for both Slade Power and Wayne Lordan if the horse isn't allowed load last.

October 30

A meeting between Slade Power's connections and Racing Victoria stewards proves unfruitful as a request for special dispensation to load last despite Lynam producing letters from the Turf Club, BHA and Hong Kong Jockey Club.

November 4

Slade Power undergoes another barrier draw at Flemington with his groom loading him into the stalls and Wayne Lordan taking off the hood and he clocked 57 seconds for the trial which impressed many local onlookers.

Racing Victoria Stewards meet Lynam and grant permission for Wayne Lordan to remove the hood from Slade Power in the starting stalls and that his groom loads him into the stalls.

Jockey Wayne Lordan rides a winner for Godolphin on Melbourne Cup day over the Darley Classic course and distance.

November 5

Slade Power draws stall four in Saturday's Darley Classic.

Eddie Lynam tells the Herald he is happy the horse will go in late or last and stated: "I'm more than confident things will go alright on the day."


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