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Internationals "Hastening Slowly" In Cups Preparations

Friday, 2nd October 2009

Also in Melbourne, the Godolphin & Luca Cumani camps are hastening slowly in their preparations for the Gr1 Caulfield Cup & Gr1 Melbourne Cup. In the 5 days since their arrival in Melbourne, Godolphin's Kirklees & Crime Scene & the Cumani pair Cima de Triomphe & Basaltico have done little more than walking exercise on the track at Sandown. Kirklees & Crime Scene were scheduled to do light work yesterday morning, but Godolphin's travelling foreman Tommy Strang said it had been decided to wait until this morning (Friday) before stepping up their work. Strang said Kirklees' temperature (which was slightly elevated when they arrived in Melbourne) was back to normal & all other signs were positive, noting: "In the last 48 hours they have totally eaten up as they would have back at home in Newmarket." And Cumani's travelling foreman Charlie Henson said he is also happy with the progress of Cima de Triomphe & Basaltico.

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