Day Eight – Newmarket Quarantine Inmates Take It Easy
After a stronger piece of work with fellow Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) entrant Tiberian (Tiberius Caesar) yesterday, the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo (Duke Of Marmalade) was given a gentle canter around Side Hill yesterday and looked in good condition.
The Willie Mullins-trained pair Wicklow Brave (Beat Hollow) and Riven Light (Raven’s Pass), were also given an easy time yesterday, steadily cantering once round.
Group Three winner Steel Of Madrid (Lope De Vega), was also seen gently cantering on Side Hill.
Meanwhile, trotting round was the Andreas Wohler-trained and Australian Bloodstock-raced Red Cardinal (Montjeu) and he was joined by Sixties Groove (Sixties Icon) and Garcia (Paco Boy), who took it equally gently.
International Racehorse Transport’s managing director Jim Paltridge told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday afternoon that with departure date only a week away, there was a different feeling in quarantine yesterday.
“After a few of them were given some stronger work yesterday, there was no work today, just everyone out on Side and Warren Hill today (yesterday). Now they are a week away from leaving, you can feel people crystalise on departure day. They have been in there a week now, and they have six days to go.
“We’re all on countdown mode.”