Day 13 – Newmarket quarantine inmates remain in contention for spring targets
The Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave (Beat Hollow) and Riven Light (Raven’s Pass), who featured in the first acceptances for the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) were reportedly in good shape when they galloped at the Al Bahathri in Newmarket yesterday ahead of their trip down to Melbourne.
The pair were worked under the watchful eye of Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Mullins, who travelled over from his Ireland base as they prepare to leave for Melbourne tomorrow.
They will later be joined in Australia by stablemates Thomas Hobson (Halling) and Max Dynamite (Great Journey), who are both due to enter quarantine tomorrow.
German-based trainer Andreas Wohler also made the trip to Newmarket yesterday to watch Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) bound Red Cardinal (Montjeu) do a piece of work round Side Hill, accompanied by Garcia (Paco Boy).
Also looking in good condition on Side Hill yesterday was the OTI-raced and William Haggas-trained Fastnet Tempest (Fastnet Rock), who will run for Haggas at the Spring Carnival before being sent into training with Lindsay Park.
All the other Newmarket quarantine inmates were out for exercise on Side and Warren Hill yesterday, including the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Kaspersky (Footstepsinthesand), who will run in in the Toorak Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) at Caulfield on 14 October and also featured among the first acceptances for the Cox Plate yesterday.
He looked in fantastic order as he cantered twice up Warren Hill.
Also out on the Warren Hill together was Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) and Melbourne Cup entrant Wall Of Fire (Canford Cliffs), who was accompanied by Mask Of Time (Holy Roman Emperor).
“The nasal swabs for flu came back and everything is clear,” International Racehorse Transport’s managing director Jim Paltridge told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday. “So they are all ready to go, all the tests are done.
“They are inspected before departure by the vets so they need to show they are in good health and not showing any signs of problems before the health certificates can be signed. That will be last of the procedures before they leave tomorrow.”
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