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Early Spring Start For Dan Excel
Singapore International Cup winner Dan Excel (Shamardal-Love Excelling, by Polish Precedent) is set to avoid strict Australian quarantine regulations by travelling to Sydney well ahead of this year's spring carnival, reports NZ Racing Desk. The John Moore-trained son of Shamardal is set to arrive in Australia later this month and after a short break will begin his spring build-up under the care of Moore's brother Gary, who was recently granted boxes at Rosehill. Dan Excel is raced by expat David Boehm, who owns Muskoka Farm on the outskirts of Sydney and that is where Dan Excel will spell, according to his trainer. "We still need to talk with the Jockey Club about the logistics of it all but what we are thinking is to ship Dan Excel to Australia in a couple of weeks, do his quarantine, then he'll have a short break at David's Muskoka Farm property," Moore told the South China Morning Post. Dan Excel will be aimed at the Gr1 Cox Plate in October. "This way we get the horse into the country much earlier, he can get his quarantine done, acclimatise to the different time and environment and be properly prepared, which they need to be for races like the Cox Plate," Moore said.