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Rocket Man Owner Pulls Entire Cape String

Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Prominent South African owner Fred Crabbia has split with his Cape Town trainer Greg Ennion and removed all 27 horses he had in the stable. Best known in this part of the world as the owner of Singapore's Champion Rocket Man (Viscount-Macrosa, by McGinty), Crabbia appears to have made the move after the failure of his star Master Plan (Jet Master-Princess Polly, by Royal Chalice) in the J&B Met last month. He told racingpost.com, "I rate this horse very highly and we were bitterly disappointed. I believe that horses should never lose shoes at the start and that it was crazy putting a horse into a big race when you hadn't tried that type in any other race previously. It was like expecting a ballerina to wear brand new shoes for the first time in an actual performance." Ennion, responding to his dumping, stated: "What happened was that Master Plan put his head down as he came out of the pens and thrust his back feet right forward, ripping off the front shoes. I have my pride to consider. But it's tough for any trainer to lose that many horses and I am disappointed because there are some very decent ones among them. However, Fred's action did not come as any great surprise because he has a reputation for moving his horses."

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