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Caulfield Cup Hope Adapting To Australian Conditions
The Aidan Obrien-trained Sir Isaac Newton (Galileo-Shastye, by Danehill) continued his preparation for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) with a morning gallop at Werribee yesterday. Sir Isaac Newton, who will be Ballydoyle's lone runner on Saturday, has settled in well according to travelling stable representative Thomas Comerford. "He travelled lovely, he only lost 5 kilograms and he'd put that back on in a day," Comerford told racing.com. "He's in good order and doing everything right. I'm very happy with him and he's in the same order that he would be at home." Comerford said Sir Isaac Newton was being trained slightly differently to what he was used to back home in Ireland, but that he was improving every day. "We don't gallop around bends as much as here. We only gallop in a straight line and when they work at home they only work around one bend but it's more of a sweeping bend so it's different for him," he said. "It's amazing from a few days ago to now he now handles it so well. He knows how to change his leg and lead on the right leg so it's good practice for him and it's ideal." Sir Isaac Newton is coming off a 10th place finish (beaten only 3 lengths) in the Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes behind star French colt Almanzor. Prior to that he finished a close up fourth (beaten 2 lengths) behind arguably Europe's best middle-distance horse, Postponed, in the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes (2400m) at York.