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Sherman Questions Chrome Ascot Trip
Trainer Art Sherman has voiced his concerns about taking California Chrome to England for Royal Ascot saying the trip could be "rough" on the horse, reports bloodhorse.com. Following his brave second-placing behind Prince Bishop in Saturday night's Gr1 Dubai World Cup after being trapped wide for the entire race, California Chrome's owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn announced their intention to send the reigning US Horse of the Year to Newmarket to prepare for the royal meeting. Speaking on Los Angeles radio, Sherman seemed less than enthusiastic about the idea. "(Majority owner Perry Martin) thinks the horse will do good because he's won on the grass, but it was a different grass," Sherman said, referring to California Chrome's victory in the Gr1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar in November, his only start on turf to date. "They don't realize the horses that are going to be involved, they go (clockwise), he's got to learn to go the opposite way, and everything. It's going to be rough on him, I think." California Chrome's possible UK targets include the Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. "I would have gave the horse more time to kinda unwind. He's going to be a tired horse after this trip," Sherman said. He added, " I'll miss him, I tell ya, when I look at that stall at Los Alamitos and don't see him there… I wish I was taking my horse back (to California), but that's not going to happen, so I have to make the best of it."