Training Report of Foreign Entry
The 40th Running of the February Stakes (G1)
February 17, 2023 (Friday)
<At Tokyo Racecourse>
Going: Good (dirt course)
SHIRL’S SPEIGHT (USA, H6, bay)
- jogged 1 lap right-handed, cantered 1-1/2 laps left-handed, jogged 1/2 lap right-handed, walked 1/4 lap right-handed (dirt course)
(exercised from 11:35 AM to 11:56 AM, ridden by Allyson Hartfield)
“He seems quite happy being schooled (saddling area and paddock) today, he’s coping with it all very well. I think he’s lonely, he hasn’t seen other horses for some time.
Regarding the draw (No.2), I’m not really happy with that but it is what it is. A wider draw would have been more preferrable, but we just have to cope with it—the jockey will. I haven’t studied the other horses in depth, but basically if he can handle the going, which I think he can, he will be very competitive. Basically, it’s up to the jockey and I have a very experienced jockey who has ridden here many times.
He lost about 15 pounds, but taking into consideration the 60 hours it took to get here, he’s fine and in good health. He had an extensive work pattern before he came here which enabled me not to have to do too much with him here, so fitness-wise he’s okay.
Tomorrow he will train more or less the same as he did today, he’ll gallop a little stronger at the last part of the gallop.”
(comments taken from Roger Attfield)