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Internationals Trackwork Update From Sandown
Meanwhile at Sandown base of the international horses yesterday morning:
- Trainer David Hayes announced he will wait until Thursday before deciding whether Changingoftheguard starts in the Melbourne Cup. Changingoftheguard (who has fully recovered from the hoof abscess which burst on Saturday) did his strongest piece of work since arriving in Melbourne with Glen Boss in the saddle. Hayes said the UK import would gallop again on Thursday, hopefully with a partner, after which a decision would be made on the Melbourne Cup. Hayes noted Changingoftheguard (who was wearing winkers) was "a little bit keen" at the start of the gallop over about 2000m, but went nicely before sprinting home late. The 4YO ran his last 600m in 35.7sec, with the last 400m in 23.9sec. Boss said the work was very satisfying, but "he needs a mate to focus on; over the last 400m he started to stargaze." He added Changingoftheguard was "very efficient in his galloping action" & he pulled up very well after the gallop. Hayes is hopeful fellow Melbourne Cup entrant Mourilyan (trained by Herman Brown) will be able to gallop with Changingoftheguard on Thursday morning.
- South African trainer Herman Brown confirmed Mourilyan's stable-mate Bankable (who was flying on the track during his 1st week in Melbourne) has been withdrawn from nominations for the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington this Saturday owing to a what is thought to be a hoof problem. Brown explained: "He seems to have a pulse in the near foreleg, but it's hard to pinpoint just what's wrong. It's very disappointing because he is otherwise so well in himself, but we've decided not to enter him in the Mackinnon & concentrate on trying to get him right for the Emirates Stakes (1600m) on Saturday week."
- Damien Oliver made the trip to Sandown to test the Luca Cumani-trained Cima De Triomphe for the Mackinnon Stakes & said the grey (wearing blinkers for the 1st time) seemed more "switched on". Cima De Triomphe cantered a lap with a companion, before sprinting home strongly over 600m in what was probably his fastest piece of work since arriving.
- Godolphin stable-mates Kirklees & Crime Scene worked together for the 1st time since prior to the Caulfield Cup & both "seem to have taken more benefit than harm from their recent runs".
- Handler Dawn Oxley is "very pleased" with the progress of Munsef & said the gelding was very fresh after his work yesterday morning. She said Munsef would probably have his last piece of serious work before the Melbourne Cup on Friday, after trainer Ian Williams & jockey Eddie Ahern arrive in Melbourne.