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Viva Pataca Campaign Switch From Aust To US
Australia's equine influenza outbreak "has had an unexpected positive implication for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, as Hong Kong-based Viva Pataca is now scheduled to compete at Monmouth Park & become HK's 1st runner on racing's biggest day in the US," reported bloodhorse.com this morning. Viva Pataca (owned by Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun) "was slated to race in the Gr1 Cox Plate in Melbourne, but will now be pointed toward the US$3 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf (12 furlongs) on October 27" (the same day as the Cox Plate). Trainer John Moore said Ho had given the "green light" to prepare for the US campaign, noting : "He has left it in my hands. If I believe that it's the right thing for the horse, then the trip has his approval." Moore noted his plan is for Viva Pataca to "run first-up in Hong Kong's National Day Cup on October 1, then leave HK with him on October 20 & I'm speaking to International Racehorse Transport about a direct flight into New York. He will only have the one lead-up race over 1400m because really that is all the HK programming allows me: we don't have any other options. The idea is to go to the US, race & be back in HK with a turnaround of 10 days, which will give him a good enough break between that trip & the HK International races on December 9."