Godolphin stayers Cavalryman and Willing Foe arrived in Australia on Saturday and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor is happy with the conditions of both horses heading into the 2014 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 4.
Cavalryman and Willing Foe served their two week quarantine period at Newmarket before making the trip to Australia and both horses have been given a quiet time since they arrived at the Werribee International Equine Centre on Caulfield Guineas Day.
Bin Suroor told Racing.Com that Cavalryman and Willing Foe had completed all their lead-up work for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) before they made the trip to Australia and will do only light work heading into ‘the race that stops a nation’.
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“They left for Australia on Friday after two weeks in quarantine here and they will have another two weeks to do when they arrive in Melbourne,” Bin Suroor said.
“They have done all of their fast work now and they did their final main piece of work on Thursday morning.
“I was pleased with them both; they are fit and ready and will do light work at Werribee and have a blow out at some stage.
“It is not looking like I will go to the Breeders’ Cup so I will be there 10 days before to supervise their preparation, but both horses have done well in England before they left.”
Cavalryman and Willing Foe have both performed well in Europe during the Northern Hemisphere Racing Season and Bin Suroor admits that it is difficult to determine which horse will be his best chance in the Melbourne Cup.
Cavalryman has previously contested the Melbourne Cup, finishing 12th behind Green Moon in the 2012 edition of the race, and he has performed well over the trip in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3218m) this season, while was far from disgraced in the Group 1 Irish St. Leger (2816m) at Curragh on September 14.
“Cavalryman goes on any ground and is effective at a variety of trips, but I think that this 3200 metres if his best,” Bin Suroor said.
“He won the Goodwood Cup and the Princess of Wales’s this year, while I have been pleased with Willing Foe and it was a pleasing effort in the Geoffrey Freer.
“He has been working really well and it is hard to choose between them. Cavalryman has a lot of weight but has class while Willing Foe has been doing well.”
Godolphin is yet to decide who will ride Cavalryman and Willing Foe in the Melbourne Cup and Bin Suroor said that a final decision will be made closer to the race.
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