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First Serious Workouts For International Gallopers
The Japanese horses, and Hong Kong visitor Dominant, had their first serious hit outs at Canterbury Park on this morning as they prepare for The Championships next month, reports Racing NSW. Dominant had a solid canter as he circled the Canterbury course a number of times ahead of his Sydney Cup campaign, but the Japanese horses, which arrived in Australia six days earlier on February 25, stretched their legs right out for the first time. The Japanese horses walked for about 30 minutes before cantering around the track for a lap. To The World, World Ace, and Tosen Stardom were then pushed out down the Canterbury straight and Australian jockeys Tommy Berry and Nick Hall were please with their respective mounts. "It was a good, solid workout without breaking a sweat," said Berry who will pilot Tosen Stardom in the $500,000 Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on March 21 at Rosehill Gardens before his grand final in the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick. Hall said it was good to get the first serious session out of the way as World Ace prepares for the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 21 before his ultimate goal, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile on day one of The Championships on Saturday April 4. "He was just looking left and right to see what the others were doing," a relaxed Hall said. To The World will run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Hall to ride, while other Japanese runner Real Impact will be partnered by James McDonald as he aims for the Doncaster Mile.