Japanese galloper Tosen Stardom has to pass a fitness test in front of stewards if he is to run in a stakes race at Moonee Valley.
Tosen Stardom is set to have his first run for Darren Weir in Saturday’s Group Two Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
The Japanese galloper bled after trackwork at Canterbury while in quarantine preparing for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the autumn.
As stewards undertook their checks after acceptances they became aware Tosen Stardom had not been reinstated following his bleeding attack.
RV chief steward Terry Bailey said Tosen Stardom needed to gallop over 1000m with some exertion to be passed to race.
“That requires a gallop in front of the stewards which is now being done tomorrow at Warrnambool,” Bailey said.
“Anything that is declared a bleeder has to go through the same process.”
Bailey said if Tosen Stardom did not gallop he would not be allowed to run on Saturday.
Tosen Stardom has been taken to a number of country tracks for jump-outs which could have been used to pass his post-bleeder’s test.
“The horse has been around in jump-outs. There are stewards at jump-outs, but it wasn’t brought to our attention,” Bailey said.
“Unless it is brought to our attention the horse doesn’t get checked thoroughly.”
Weir said Tosen Stardom was going to do some work on Thursday morning but will now do something a little more strenuous.
“That won’t worry him. He’s a big strong horse and it might do him good,” Weir said.
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