two overseas runners, the numbers have suddenly swelled to nine who knuckled
down to some form of exercise around the Kranji training tracks on Monday
Saturday arrivals, namely the Hong Kong quartet made up of last year's winners Military Attack (Singapore Airlines
International Cup) and Lucky Nine (KrisFlyer International Sprint) as well as Dan Excel and Sterling
City, along with the three Europeans, Side Glance, Mull
Of Killough and Smoking
Sun, all joined early birds Si
Sage and Limario for some light workout. Sprinting duo Medicean
Man (UK) and Balmont Mast(Ireland) stayed in their box having just landed a couple of hours earlier.
As for the
locals, most were also put through their paces, and though they did not do anything
spectacular, they all looked fit and ready, as did Patrick Shaw's KrisFlyer
raider Slew Of Lode who went
a little bit quicker than the others at his Polytrack outing.
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Dan Excel & Military Attack (HK) - John Moore
Both were trotted over 500m and then
cantered for 1½ laps (about 2200m) on the Polytrack.
"So far so good," said John Moore's
son George, who is overseeing the preparations until his father's arrival on
Tuesday and also doubles up as Sterling Citys track rider. "It's their first
day, they're eating well and everything's gone ok."
"Both of them (Dan Excel and
Military Attack) have settled much better than last year so that's good.
Military Attack has gone to Singapore and Dubai in the past 12 months so he's
used to the travelling."
Moore instructed his staff to hose
down all three horses after they returned to the stables following their
morning workout before they were hand-walked for about 15 minutes around the
sand area at the stables compound.
"It's the humidity," he explained. "Last year one of our horses was low on potassium because of the heat and so
we've learnt from that and try to cool them down after they've done their work
in the morning."
Johnny Guitar (SIA Cup) & Slew Of Lode (KrisFlyer) (SG) -
Both cantered on the Polytrack with Johnny Guitar going over
two laps and Slew Of Lode going over one lap and working home the last 600m in
40.2 seconds. Jockey Barend Vorster rode both.
"I'm happy with both horses. They
just did an easy canter on the Poly and both worked well," said Shaw.
"Johnny Guitar galloped on Friday,
and will gallop again on Wednesday, and so will Slew Of Lode.
The fields are very strong. It will
be a big test for both of them, especially Slew Of Lode who is on 88 points,
but they will give it their best shot.”
Limario (UAE) - Doug Watson
Given an easy walk of 1¼ miles
(2000m) on the Polytrack by work rider Martin Pearson.
"It was an easy walk, the same as
yesterday," said work rider Martin Pearson. "We'll do more of the same tomorrow
as well. He'll probably do some faster work, maybe go for a gallop, on
Wednesday when Doug gets in.
Other than that, everything's going
well. He's looking fresh and physically in good condition. He's been eating
well and we're very happy with him."
Mull Of Killough (UK) - Jane Chapple-Hyam
Cantered on Track No 4 up and down under track rider Abigail
"He travelled good and has settled
in well. All's good," said travelling foreman cum track rider Abigail Harrsion.
"Jane gets in tomorrow and she
should be at the track on Wednesday."
Side Glance (UK) - Andrew Balding
Cantered on Track No 4 up and down under track rider Leanne
"He had an easy time on the
Polytrack (Track 2) yesterday and this morning, he did one circuit on the
uphill Polytrack (Track 4), coming back up at a steady canter," said Leanne Masterton.
"He's a very athletic sort and we're
very happy with him. He showed great form at home and has come here fresh.
He's well-travelled and he's taken
this trip very well even if he lost 12 kilos on the way here but he's already
put five kilos back on.
We'll probably give him a nice blow
on Thursday. In Australia, we probably backed him up too quickly and he was a
little gassy in the Cox Plate, but he was a lot more relaxed in the Mackinnon
Stakes and won."
Si Sage (USA) – Darrell Vienna
Easy canter over one lap on the turf
(Track No 1) with race-rider David Flores in the saddle.
"He's settled in well and has done the same he's been
doing since he came here last week," said Chris Vienna, son of the Santa
just had an easy canter over 1000m and we'll give him fast work tomorrow.
first to arrive and it's worked out good for us as this will give him more time
to settle in. We had other options where we could have got him here later but
he would have gone through another itinerary where he could have waited for a
long time on the ground.
got him from France, it was a bit of a rushed preparation, and we didn't know
him that well. It's always hard when you have all deadlines, but it's all good
US jockey David Flores, who has been pulling double-shift duty (starts at 5am
and then back at work for the locals at 6am), gave the thumbs-up after Si
easy, just canter and back to the wire today. He'll have one run tomorrow," said Flores.
light on his mouth and when I restrained him he threw his head up a bit last
Saturday. But he's okay now after I've got to know him better and what's up
Smoking Sun (FRA) - Pascal Bary
Light canter on the Polytrack under track rider Patrick
"I thought he would be a bit stiff
this morning, but he was perfect," said exercise rider Patrick Lemagny.
"He was looking around a bit as this
is all new to him, but he was fine. The lights didn't bother him at all.
"It was his first time travelling
over such a long distance, but he seems to have taken it very well.
"We speak with Pascal every day on
the phone. He will tell us what to do with the horse."
Tropaios (SG) - Michael Freedman
Cantered on Track No 6.
"He galloped on Saturday morning and
he just cantered at the back today as is his normal Monday routine," said
trainer Michael Freedman.
"He'll do fast work on Wednesday on
the same track (Track 6) and that will be it. He's a gross kind of horse and I
will just keep his fitness up and ticking over till raceday."
Wild Geese (SG) - Steven Burridge
One lap of pacework on the sand track (Track No 3) with
regular working partner, senior track rider Mick Lockett aboard.
"He's nice and bright. He has pulled
up in good order since his QEII (Group 2 Queen Elizabeth II Cup) win," said
trainer Steven Burridge.
"I will give him a gallop either
tomorrow on Wednesday. All's good mate, Sir Michael Lockett is happy, I'm
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Balmont Mast (IRE) - Edward Lynam
Just arrived on Monday morning. Did not come out for
Captain Obvious & El Padrino
(SG) - Alwin Tan
Light work for both runners who were
sent out for 1000m on Track No 4. El Padrino was ridden by KrisFlyer jockey
Danny Beasley while Captain Obvious was ridden by trainer Alwin Tan's track
rider. KrisFlyer jockey Oscar Chavez will take over from tomorrow.
"They did some light exercise
today," said trainer Alwin Tan. "They will go for a gallop on Wednesday and
I'll see how they pull up and decide if they need anything else but I don't
really think so.
They're both fit and I'm just
looking to keep them fresh for the big race on Sunday. It's only a short
distance of 1200m after all.
Danny worked with El Padrino this
morning and he told me he was very happy with him. My track rider took Captain
Obvious out today and Oscar will take over from tomorrow onwards.
Their preparations have been going
well and they're coming along nicely. I'm very happy with them. Both of them
will go for some light work, probably 1000m, again tomorrow and also a swim."
Emperor Max (SG) - Stephen Gray
Cantered with jockey Lisa Allpress
for one lap on the Polytrack.
"He went for a quiet canter with
Lisa today," said trainer Stephen Gray. "He'll have a gallop tomorrow and
that'll be it. Everything's going well. He was a bit tired after his last race
but he's really perked up now.
He's really fit and we don't really
have to do too much with him from now till the race. It's going to be mostly
quiet from now, he's not going to do anything too heavy."
Goal Keeper (SG) - Theo Kieser
Cantered over one lap of
really liked the way he looked today. He was bouncing around after his work," said trainer Theo Kieser.
trot and swim tomorrow, will have his final gallop on Wednesday, either on
Polytrack or on Track 6, and he will then swim all the way to the race. He's
pretty fit and doesn't need much."
Lucky Nine (HK) - Caspar Fownes
The defending champion was the first
horse out at 5am. Workout lasted 15 minutes and consisted of a canter on Track
2 with work rider Richard So.
"He's eating well and no problems
with his work today. We went for a canter on Track No 2. Yesterday we had a canter
on Track 4," said track rider Richard So.
"I wasn't here last year with him so
I can't tell you if he's settled any better this year but he's a horse that
likes to travel (besides last year's appearance in Kranji, the Irish-bred Lucky
Nine has competed in Australia, Dubai and Japan) and we're very happy with
Medicean Man (UK) - Jeremy Gask
Just arrived on Monday morning. Did not come out for
Sterling City (HK) - John Moore
Same workout as his two stablemates
Dan Excel and Military Attack. Was trotted over 500m and then cantered for 1½ laps (about 2200m) on the Polytrack.
"The other two have been here last
year. It's a bit new for Sterling City who's never been here before and these
are new surroundings for him," said John Moore's son George. "But it's only the first day and he's settled quite nicely."
Zac Spirit (SG) - Cliff Brown
Cantered up the uphill track.
"He's in good shape. He just went up
the uphill track and tomorrow, he'll have a swim," said trainer Cliff Brown.
"Then he will gallop on Wednesday on
the Polytrack and that will be pretty much done until raceday."