Joe Pride knew he was in for a bad day when his cat got run over on Saturday morning.
It didn’t get much better when, despite rain in the morning, there were no scratchings in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick to give emergency Vision And Power a start.
However, by race time there had been more rain and three scratchings with Pride’s dual Group One winner still at home in his Warwick Farm stable.
And just when it seemed his stablemate, last week’s Doncaster winner Sacred Choice, would run down My Kingdom Of Fife to win the Group One Queen Elizabeth, he kicked and left her three-quarters of a length second.
“I’m pissed off that Vision And Power didn’t get a run,” Pride said.
“I don’t understand how horses who are not as well performed as a dual Group One winner can get into the race.
“And there weren’t any scratchings by the deadline for Vision And Power who had been set for the race and got the conditions to suit.
“My cat got run over this morning and we still haven’t found it so I don’t know how it is.
“I knew then it was going to be a bad day.”
While disappointed Sacred Choice didn’t win, the trainer was extremely proud of the mare.
“She was brave, she always puts in,” he said.
“But it would have been nice to win.”