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Sweet Stream Skips Melb Cup

Friday, 30th September 2005

Meanwhile Team Valor president Barry Irwin announced overnight that UK contender Sweet Stream (Shantou-Snug Dinner, by Jareer) "will miss the Melbourne Cup in November," reported thoroughbredinternet.com. The 5YO mare has won both her starts this year: most recently, the Gr2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on September 7. However Irwin revealed trainer John Hammond "told us this afternoon that he cannot properly prepare the mare for the race & our travel plans with the airlines have also hit a snag. The quarantine ground where she is stabled is unsuitable. It is adjacent to an area where wild boar are hunted in the afternoon. The mare is no longer thriving under these circumstances & John cannot get the quality or amount of work into the mare necessary to allow her to be competitive in a race like the Melbourne Cup. If we cannot go with a big chance, then we don't want to go." Irwin also revealed the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup at the International meeting in December is now an option for Sweet Stream.

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