Training Report of Foreign Entries
45th Running of the Sprinters Stakes (G1)
- the seventh leg of Global Sprint Challenge -
September 27, 2011 (Tuesday)
<At Nakayama Race Course>
Green Birdie (NZ, G8, bay)
- jogged, cantered, galloped from last 5 furlongs
(5F: 65.7 – 4F: 49.9 – 3F: 36.9 – 1F: 12.0) (turf course)
(exercised from 7:23 AM to 7:33 AM, ridden by Dale Bussey)
"I've been training him for five years and he's the best he's ever been. He's remarkable at the age of eight. Since last year he hasn't been close especially after coming to Japan and returning to Hong Kong—it took him a few months to get good. But this year he raced very well in Dubai despite breaking from a wide gate, and then we went forward to the KrisFlyer International Sprint but he wasn't in the form he was in the previous year. But he's got no pain, his feet and legs are really great and I'm exceptionally happy with him. He's a horse that I don't do too much with in between races because he likes to be fresh going into each race.
For me the best Japanese horse in this race would be Dasher Go Go who was just unbelievable in the Centaur Stakes, and Rocket Man is probably the best sprinter in the world so I'm looking forward to Sunday."
(comments taken from Caspar Fownes)
Lucky Nine (IRE, G4, bay)
- jogged 1/2 lap (dirt course), cantered, galloped from last 3 furlongs
(3F: 41.0 – 1F: 13.1) (turf course)
(exercised from 7:35 AM to 7:50 AM, ridden by Dale Bussey)
"It's his first trip away from Hong Kong and leading into his last run (the Centaur Stakes) he was 15 to 20 pounds lower than what I would have liked, but he ran very well, he's pulled up from it really well and he's put that weight back on and I'm happy with his form.
1,200m is a little bit short for him, so I'm just trying to mix and match his training regimes and keep him as fresh as I can so he can give us a good sprint on the day. You'll find that his second start (from a long break) will probably be his best run. It will help us if we can get a good speed up front in this race, and if not, we would need a good inside draw—anything between two to five would be beautiful."
(Comments taken from Caspar Fownes)
Rocket Man (AUS, G6, bay)
- jogged, cantered, galloped (4F: 51.0 – 3F: 35.4 – 1F: 11.9) (turf course)
(exercised from 7:18 AM to 7:40 AM, ridden by Felix Coetzee)
"I was very happy with his work this morning. He did most of his speed work in the last 400 (meters) as planned and he pulled out of it very well. We're taking his blood later on and obviously depending on the result, if he needs another blow out I'll give him a blow out on probably Thursday or Friday. We'd like to see him on the pace, one or two off the fence, and from then on we'd like to see him in the first three coming into the straight and kick on."
(Comments taken from Patrick Shaw)
"He accelerated well, he went up the hill easily and when I asked for a little bit more the response was immediate so the uphill wasn't an issue for him. He felt good this morning and pulled up nice and sound. I'd be happy if we can get a draw that's pretty close to the rail."
(Comments taken from Felix Coetzee)