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Calvados Blues lame; posts drawn for big races

In the trackwork report from Kranji on Thursday, Godolphin’s runner and the third home in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) came under a cloud after being reported lame.  Barriers were drawn late Wednesday with the results below.  CLICK HERE for the full trackwork report from the Singapore Turf Club. 

Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1)
Purse: SG$3,000,000
2,000 metres, Turf Course A (Short Course)

Post - Saddle – Horse – Jockey
1 – #13 New Rose Wood (KB Soo)
2 – #1 Presvis (Richard Hughes)
3 – #5 Wigmore Hall (Jamie Spencer)
4 – #3 Gitano Hernando (Glen Schofield)
5 – #2 Irian (Darren Beadman)
6 – #9 Waikato (Joao Moreira)
7 – #6 Royal Bench (Olivier Doleuze)
8 – #11 Fatkid (I Azhar)
9 – #12 River Jetez (Bernard Fayd’herbe)
10 – #10 Risky Business (Glen Boss)
11 – #7 Calvados Blues (Frankie Dettori)
12 – #8 Chinchon (Gerard Mosse)
13 – #4 California Memory (Matthew Chadwick)

KrisFlyer International Sprint (G1)
Purse: S$1,000,000
1,200 metres, Turf Course A (Short Course)

1 – #8 Eclair Fastpass (Jose Verenzuela)
2 – #10 Powerful Ruler (Joao Moreira)
3 – #9 Perfect Pins (Saimee Jumaat)
4 – #4 Better Be The One (Danny Beasley)
5 – #7 Capablanca (Steven Arnold)
6 – #2 Sacred Kingdom (Glen Boss)
7 – #5 Ghozi (Vlad Duric)
8 – #6 Happy Dubai (Royston Ffrench)
9 – #1 Rocket Man (Felix Coetzee)
10 – #3 Green Birdie (Brett Prebble)

One comment

  1. Calvados Blues hadn’t won a race since the Prix De Guiche in May, 2009 before coming to this year’s DIRC. He had also never raced beyond 10f until this year’s DIRC. I thought Mahmood Al Zarooni really found the key to this horse finally stretching him out to 12+f at the carnival. He beat Mikhail Glinka over the distance. Finished 2nd behind Star Empire and Monterosso over the distance, and ran a cracker of a race to finish 3rd behind Rewilding and Redwood in the Sheema Classic over the distance. See where I’m going with this?? 12 or 12+f obviously suits Calvados Blues right down to the ground!! Hence, why send this horse to Singapore for a race that’s a cut back in trip to 10f again? A distance that Calvados Blues has struggled mightily over to win? Why not keep Calvodos Blues in the UK and point him toward something like the G1 Coronation Cup over 12f at Epsom coming in very early June? If Calvados Blues is good enough to make the frame in the Sheema Classic, which he did. He certainly good enough to make the frame in the Coronation Cup!! TJMO.

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