Inside Running: Japan’s Hokko Brave likely for Caufield, Melbourne Cups   Leave a comment

Inside Running: Japan’s Hokko Brave likely for Caufield, Melbourne Cups

Matsunaga had never visited Melbourne before and said he was pleasantly surprised by the Werribee facility.

Trainer Robbie Laing has revealed Lord Of The Sky injured a tendon at the weekend and wil

Trainer Robbie Laing has revealed Lord Of The Sky injured a tendon at the weekend and will miss the spring. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Limited

A FACT-finding mission at the weekend is likely to result in Japanese stayer Hokko Brave contesting the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Trainer Yasutoshi Matsunaga inspected the Werribee quarantine centre and was a guest of the club at Caulfield races on Saturday.

Hokko Brave has won five of 29 starts and ran third in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho over 3200m last year before running sixth this year.

Injured Sky out of spring

BOOKIE pin-up horse Lord Of The Sky at least had a legitimate excuse for his latest flop, in Saturday’s Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield.

The sprinter’s off-front knee “blew up like a balloon’’ on race night, according to trainer Robbie Laing, who revealed the horse had injured a tendon.

“There’s a very slight tear up in under his knee, which must have let go a lot of fluid after injuring it,’’ Laing told RSN on Monday.

“It doesn’t look like it’s the end of the road.’’

Lord Of The Sky is expected to race again early next year.

Grand Marshal overhauls Who Shot Thebarman to win this year’s Sydney Cup. Picture: Simon

Grand Marshal overhauls Who Shot Thebarman to win this year’s Sydney Cup. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

Jim pumps up Marshal

VETERAN jockey Jim Cassidy is back — and eyeing a third Melbourne Cup win.

Cassidy hasn’t ridden since late May after injuring his ribs.

He spent time back in his native New Zealand and has been riding work for a week.

Cassidy, who has won Cups on Might And Power and Kiwi, reckons Grand Marshal might give him a third.

He rode the Chris Waller-trained stayer to a shock win in the Sydney Cup in April.

After riding him in a recent trial, Cassidy said Grand Marshal felt as if he had matured and strengthened.

Contributer’s Plate path

CONTRIBUTER, whose successful autumn campaign in Sydney had many rating him the best weight-for-age horse in the land, will have a Melbourne-based Cox Plate campaign.

The import trials at Randwick on Friday before resuming in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 5.

He will run in the Turnbull Stakes before tackling the Plate third-up.

Tasmanian cult horse The Cleaner will also resume in the Dato before heading to the Plate.

Rawiller on a roll

BRAD Rawiller’s remarkable late-season rally continued on Monday when he rode five more winners at Swan Hill.

Rawiller rode a winning treble at Geelong Synthetic on Friday, a double at Caulfield from three rides and then Burning Front at Geelong on Sunday.

All in all he has enjoyed 11 winners from 20 rides.

Originally published as Japan’s Brave likely for Cups

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Posted July 28, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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