Hubie De Burgh, co-owner with Sir Peter Vela, of Eminent (IRE) was relieved to arrive at Sha Tin on Wednesday to hear the report of trainer Sir Mark Todd of his valuable Frankel entire’s trackwork on the All Weather track earlier in the morning.
Todd rode Eminent, an entrant for the HK$24m, Group 1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, and the five-year-old looked well and alert in the pre-dawn work.
De Burgh was as perplexed as everyone with Eminent’s lack of interest in participating in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Randwick on April 13th where he finished eighth after jockey James McDonald eased Eminent before the finish.
As mentioned in Tuesday’s column the use of ear muffs for the first time has been put down to Eminent’s go slow.
De Burgh is looking forward to an increased level of activity from Eminent on Sunday so the vision of Eminent with ears pricked under Todd was a welcome sight.
Two of Eminent’s Sunday competitors came out later in the morning to gallop on the Turf Course, with both Lys Graceieux (JPN) and Deirdre (JPN), with Yutaka Take up, looking fit and strong in doing so.
Deirdre, a five-year-old mare by Harbinger out of the Special Week mare Reizend, comes to Sha Tin off a fourth to Japan’s star Almond Eye (JPN) who cruised Winx like to victory in the Group 1 Dubai Turf over 1800m at Meydan on March 30th.
The mare is no stranger to Sha Tin after her second under Christophe Lemaire to Glorious Forever in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup over 2000m on December 9th.
Videos from Wednesday’s trackwork:
Eminent, courtesy Larry Yeung, with Larry's apologies for some early morning shake for which we entirely forgive and instead of editing out we have run each video as they were taken.
Lys Gracieux and Deirdre, ThoroughbredNEWS