Sir Mark Todd, Racehorse Trainer, Looks Forward To Big Race Debut

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Thursday 07 March - 09h20 | Lulu Kyriacou

Sir Mark Todd, Racehorse Trainer, Looks Forward To Big Race Debut

Sir Mark Todd, eventing legend, is taking a short time out from the sport, to visit Australia where the most recent recruit to his stable is entered.  But on this occasion, it is a racehorse!

 - Sir Mark Todd, Racehorse Trainer, Looks Forward To Big Race Debut

Eminent arrives in Australia
Credit : Racing NSW

Sir Mark triained racehorses in New Zealand with some success between his original retirement  from eventing and his  comeback  to the sport. Recently one of his owners, who also had a half share in  a decent racehorse  called Eminent, bought the rest of the shares in the Frankel sired five year old and sent him to Todd to be prepared for a tilt at November's Melbourne Cup.

​First stop on the way is a Group One race, the Ranvet Stakes on March 23rd at Canterbury Racecourse, NSW.  Sir Mark flew out to  to see the horse on Monday  and today announced on his Facebook page that Eminent (aslo known as Frankie in the stable) had completed his first piece of  work on the track.

​At Isleham Horse Trials at the weekend, Sir Mark said it had been a challenge beginning Eminent's training programme because of the flu outbreak restricting certain equine operations and also because of the mandatory quarantine period for all horses entering Australia  but he had managed to give him a racecourse gallop in the UK at Kempton Park before shipping out.  He also remarked that it was quite "daunting" heading for a Group One as his first  race but he thought the horse would give a good account of himself.  

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