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Meandre (Cup) and stablemate Dux Scholar (Sprint) return after breezing in company on Friday at Kranji Racecourse.

2013 Singapore Airlines International Cup
Workout Photos

Date: 05/17/2013

The Singapore Airlines International Cup and KrisFlyer International Sprint are the two Group 1 races on the Kranji Racecourse calendar and the highlight of the Singaporean racing season. As usual, horses from Europe, Asia, and Australia ship in for the four Group 1 races, billed as the Turf World Championships, with the S$3 million (about US$2.4 million) Cup the highlight of the afternoon, contested at 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles). Steady rain fell during training hours Wednesday but cleared up for the rest of the week, with temperatures in the upper 80's.

Here are photos for 10 of the international horses. Click the small photo to see a larger version. Saddlecloths with red numbers are worn by Singapore Airlines Cup entrants, while blue numbers designate KrisFlyer Sprint entrants.

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Military Attack cantered 1 1/2 miles on the Polytrack on Friday. George Moore, assistant to father John said, "They have gradually improved through the week and are now pretty close to their right racing weights. Come Sunday they should be spot-on."
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Meandre worked 3f in 45.5 seconds on Friday in company with stablemate Dux Scholar in preparation for the Cup. Martin Pearson, assistant to trainer Doug Watson said, "They just had an easy time on Track 2, working at a regular steady canter on the same track. As usual Dux Scholar was in front of Meandre. They probably just went half-a-stride quicker today."
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Mawingo schooled in the starting gate then cantered 1 mile on the turf under exercise rider William Stewart on Wednesday in preparation for the Cup. Trainer Michael Freedman said, "He looks in good condition but he's just not eating as I would have hoped. He's been a bit picky. At least I know that he can jump out of the barriers but he won't be doing too much before the race on Sunday."
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Hunter's Light cantered 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack under exercise rider Jeff Marshall on Friday in preparation for the Cup. Richard Corona, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor said, "He did the same thing as yesterday, just a light canter on Polytrack and he'll do the same thing tomorrow. He will be tack-walked on Sunday before the race and that's it. He's very well and things could not have gone better for him."
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Dux Scholar worked 3f in 46.6 seconds Friday in preparation for the Sprint. Martin Pearson, assistant to trainer Doug Watson said, "They just had an easy time on Track 2, working at a regular steady canter on the same track. As usual Dux Scholar was in front of Meandre. They probably just went half-a-stride quicker today."
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Dasher Go Go jogged 2 laps on the turf Friday under Keiichiro Yasuda, assistant to trainer Takayuki Yasuda. The assistant said, "The horse is very good. He went on the grass again, but whereas he just hacked yesterday, he went a little quicker today. I had him on the bridle this time and he really enjoyed himself out there, doing probably around 18 seconds a furlong in the second lap. He was concentrated on his work, he knows his job. He's eating well and currently he weighs 540kg off his tack. He was at 536kg last time he raced and I'm sure he can reach close to that weight by Sunday. He's drawn wide, but I've always had bad luck with barrier draws. He's got the speed to put himself in any spot and we'll just go with the pace."
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Bel Sprinter trotted 1 mile on the Polytrack under exercise rider Carly Thomas on Wednesday in preparation for the Sprint. Mitchell Beer, assistant to trainer Jason Warren said, "I just can't believe how well he is coping. He did a little bit more than he did yesterday but has sweated less. He came here pretty much ready to go to the race. So it is just a matter of keeping him ticking over and maintaining his level of fitness. He'll probably have a bit of a canter tomorrow morning and come home last 600m in around evens, nothing too much, just allow him to stretch the legs and blow away a few of the cobwebs."
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Balmont Mast worked 3f in 38.3 seconds Friday under exercise rider Declan Quirke in preparation for the Sprint. Trainer Ed Lynam said, "He's very fit and very fresh. I couldn't be happier with him. He's very well. His condition is the same as it was in Dubai. He doesn't need to go on grass here as he's already had a good gallop on it in Ireland before he came here. Looking at the track and the way the weather has been, I hope it stays good to firm, or at worse good to soft. We've got a good draw (2) and that will allow us to take up a good spot. I don't know much about the locals, but I heard some of the locals like Emerald Hill are pretty quick and will set the pace, even though he's now drawn the outside."
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Red Cadeaux worked 3f in 39.9 seconds Thursday under exercise rider Steve Nicholson in preparation for the Cup. Robin Trevor-Jones, assistant to trainer Ed Dunlop said, "His ears went flat when we walked him out of the stable. He was not very keen on going out in this rain. But he went out there and could not have worked any better. It was beautiful the ground was good and it was a lot cooler. We got lucky." Nicholson added, "He quickened up good the last three furlongs (600m) and did just what he can do within himself."
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Lucky Nine cantered 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack on Friday under Phil Chung, assistant to trainer Caspar Fownes. Chung said, "We just went out there to stretch his legs. He's eaten up overnight, has drunk plenty and we had bloods taken yesterday which have all come back in good order."

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