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Internationals Impress In Sandown Trackwork
International Caulfield Cup contenders Cima De Triomphe & Kirklees both impressed observers when they worked in soft conditions at Sandown yesterday morning.
- Cima De Triomphe galloped alone twice over 1000m in his fastest work since he arrived in Melbourne last Saturday week. Charlie Henson (travelling foreman for UK trainer Luca Cumani) said Cima De Triomphe would probably do his final work before the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (Saturday October 17) with stable-mate Basaltico (who is heading towards the Geelong Cup on 21 October) but in the meantime they would continue to gallop separately. Henson added it had not yet been decided when Damien Oliver will go to Sandown to ride Cima De Triomphe for the 1st time.
- Godolphin's Tommy Strang said yesterday's plan was for Kirklees & Crime Scene to finish together at the end of their work. Usually Crime Scene goes out a long way ahead of Kirklees & they stay about 10-lengths apart; but yesterday they went off from the 1600m together, although Crime Scene retained the lead role & they worked strongly up the home straight & reached the winning post with nothing between them. Strang summed up: "They did just what was asked of them." He added they would not be out on the track this morning (Thursday), because while the soft ground was ideal to work on, Kirklees preferred a firmer racing surface. Strang confirmed Kerrin McEvoy will ride Kirklees in his final work (probably on Monday) & it still has not been decided at Godolphin headquarters in the UK whether Frankie Dettori will travel to Australia to ride the horse in the Caulfield Cup. Strang explained: "We've (Godolphin) got a lot of entries at the Champion's Day at Newmarket on the same day & there's a big meeting in Italy on the Sunday."