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Aust Trio Trackwork For Gr1 HK Sprint

Thursday, 10th December 2009

Also in HK, the 3 Australia-trained contenders for Sunday’s Gr1 International Sprint (1200m) all appeared for yesterday’s track session:

  • All Silent galloped on the turf, clocking 24.7sec for the final 400m under Australian jockey Nicholas Hall, who commented: “I was impressed with him. I suspect he ran reasonable time in the closing part of the gallop & I can tell you he did it very, very comfortably. He looks terrific, he's very bright & I'm starting to get excited about Sunday. I know I haven't been around as long as many other jockeys, but he is the fastest horse I have ridden. As for the race tempo, I would prefer a good-to-steady speed rather than a frantic pace. It's not always the case with a (hold-up) horse like this that you want a crazy speed, because you might then be off the bit the whole way to stay in touch.”
  • Scenic Blast lobbed around the dirt track & Australian trainer Danny Morton commented: “He had an easy morning after a good hit-out yesterday. He needed a strong gallop & he came through it well. He's really relaxed now with plenty of company in quarantine. He fretted a bit in the first few days here, but in the last week-and-a-half he has really come on. This is a lot stronger field than the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot (which he won earlier this year). There are some serious sprinters here, but I still think he can win.”        
  • Apache Cat “hacked around the dirt track” & Australian trainer Greg Eurell commented: “The horse is in great order. I'm starting to think he really enjoys it here and, you know, I prefer him racing right-handed. All Silent is probably the horse to beat. He had our measure at Flemington, but my horse's form at Flemington has been a little bit mystifying in the latter part of his career. It's a great race on Sunday. Australia has another tough competitor in Scenic Blast too, but I'd be disappointed if Apache Cat isn't right there. He's an amazing horse.”
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