The autumn carnival was short-lived for Carlton House


The autumn carnival was short-lived for Carlton House with the horse owned by Queen Elizabeth going to the spelling paddock on Monday. After finishing a poor 13th behind Havana Rey in the Ajax Stakes, Carlton House was found to have pulled up lame in the near foreleg. Gai Waterhouse’s stable foreman Mark Newnham reported to stewards that he would be spelled immediately.

Despite the temptation of the $2.25 million The BMW (2400m) next Saturday, trainer Murray Baker confirms that It’s A Dundeel will progress to the ATC Australian Derby at Royal Randwick on April 13. “The Derby has been the mission right the way through, we nominated for the Tancred (The BMW) but wanted to keep him in his own age group,” he says. “This horse is right up there with the Phantom and Nom Du Jeu as the best that I have trained.”

Latest Golden Slipper betting from TAB: Overreach $2.10, Villa Verde $12.00, Criterion $12.00, Sweet Idea $15.00, Whittington $15.00, Charlies Boy $17.00, Ruud Not Awakening $17.00, Fast N Rocking $17.00, I’m All The Talk $17.00.