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Thursday 07 March - 17h10 | Lulu Kyriacou
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!
Eminent arrives in AustraliaCredit : Racing NSW
Sir Mark trained 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 23 at Canterbury Racecourse, NSW. Sir Mark flew out 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 on the weekend, Sir Mark said it had been a challenge beginning Eminent's training program 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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