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Lordan warms up with victory

Slade Power's jockey Wayne Lordan warmed up for Saturday's Darley Classic by enjoying a winner on the Godolphin-owned Reparations for trainer Anthony Freedman at Flemington.

With Darley owning a share of Slade Power, Lordan was able to get on the Godolphin horse to get some experience on the track and despite being returned a 30/1 winner it was an impressive performance that thrilled the winning rider.

"I was very grateful to have a spin on the track before Saturday and Mr Freedman told me the horse was in good shape and they he would run well and I'm just delighted I was able to deliver," Lordan told The Herald.

Yet another meeting took place between the Racing Victoria Stewards and Eddie Lynam about the prospect of Slade Power going into the stalls last should he not get a favourable draw, but in a slight change to protocol, the stewards will allow Lordan to remove the blindfold from the horse in the stalls rather than the stalls handler which is normally the case.