TAB outage, horse racing news: Flemington, Rosehill, Mackinnon Stakes, update, servers,

A “major technical issue” with the TAB’s betting servers threw race meets around the country into disarray and left punters fuming.

The betting company’s servers crashed just after 11am AEDT, leaving punters unable to bet in person, on the phone or online.

Since some other bookmakers rely on TAB dividends, they were also affected by the outage which extended throughout the afternoon.

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Stakes Day 2020: form guide, tips, start times, Mackinnon Stakes latest odds, Flemington

If you’ve watched the movie Phar Lap, which you should have, you’d have seen Lauchlan Mackinnon was portrayed as a bit of a bad guy.

The Victoria Racing Club chairman tried to have geldings banned from the VRC Derby (they weren’t, and the free and unbaggaged Phar Lap duly beat the Mackinnon-owned colt Carradale home in the Classic). What’s more, Mackinnon smirked, in an evil way, two years later when Phar Lap was handicapped out of his attempt to win a second Melbourne Cup, with a weight ranking somewhere between “the grandstand” and “Plugger Lockett”.

Dooooh, that Mackinnon!

But what he’s given us, or what’s been named after him at least, is a beauty of a horse race: the LKS Mackinnon Stakes. (Aside from the fact he hated Phar Lap, and probably Santa Clause, and couldn’t spell Lachlan, and didn’t know when a capital K would come in handy, his middle names were Kenneth and Scobie).


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Fifty Stars will chase the Cantala Stakes and Mackinnon Stakes double

Tom Dabernig believes a wide Cantala Stakes draw is actually ideal for Flemington specialist Fifty Stars in the first plank of a mission to win two Group 1s on consecutive Saturdays.

Fifty Stars returns to the scene of his Australian Cup triumph on Saturday before the Lindsay Park team backs him up for another Group 1 tilt in the Mackinnon Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

For a while this year, it looked as though Fifty Stars was long odds of racing in the spring.

Owner Gerry Ryan indicated the galloper could be retired to stud after he was taken out of Doncaster Mile contention when jarring up and pulling up uneven in his action.

But Ryan decided he was keen to race the son of Sea The Stars on for another season – so Dabernig and co-trainer Ben Hayes set in motion a plan which was always targeted at a pair of Flemington Group 1s.

Fifty Stars has had a light spring with just two runs leading up to his Flemington carnival assault. He has drawn wide (barrier 15) in Saturday’s Cantala but Dabernig believes that will be more of a help than a hindrance.

“He has drawn widely in the Cantala but in his Australian Cup win he sat wide, he likes a bit of room anyway,” Dabernig said.

“It looks to me to be quite good speed in the race so I think if they go along nice and quickly hopefully it’s a Flemington where you can win from off-pace and coming down the middle, that’s where he will be.

“He is building up to something.

“All going well he will be backing up in the Mackinnon.”

Fifty Stars is rated a $10 chance in the Cantala with John Allen retaining the ride.

The six-year-old has won four of eight starts at Flemington, including his Australian Cup triumph. He ran second behind Fierce Impact in last year’s Cantala.

“He ran second in the Cantala last year – we have set him for this,” Dabernig said.

“He is a very good Flemington horse, we have tried to get him to Flemington and not have him running all spring, he has only had the two runs so far.

“Earlier this year there was some interest in the horse at stud and at that point he was a bit jarred up and a bit sore in his knee.

“It was nothing surgical or anything like that, he had just come to the end of the preparation.

“But there wasn’t anything firm there as a stallion prospect so Gerry thought let’s give him one more season and let’s have a crack at the spring.”

Dabernig and Ben Hayes are searching for their first win as a two-man training team after Ben’s famous father David left to train in Hong Kong.

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