Godol­phin’s Kidmen­ever to im­prove in the Eclipse Stakes

The Sportsman Midweek - - Last Week’s Results - CRAIG BREN­NAN

GODOL­PHIN’S Kidmen­ever will have his sec­ond Aus­tralian start when he runs in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sat­ur­day.

Kidmen­ever was one of four Char­lie Ap­pleby-trained horses to come from Eng­land to Mel­bourne for the spring car­ni­val.

Only Folkswood and Qewy, who was re­tired af­ter rac­ing at Flem­ing­ton on Sat­ur­day, have had mul­ti­ple starts.

Fran­cis Of As­sisi failed to make it to the race­track af­ter suf­fer­ing a pelvic in­jury in train­ing.

Kidmen­ever had his only run in Aus­tralia so far when eighth be­hind Lord Fan­dango

the Her­bert Power Stakes at Caulfield last month.

“We were dis­ap­pointed in the Her­bert Power but they went pretty quick,” Ap­pleby said.

“We’ve pur­pose­fully given him the time.

“What we saw in Dubai he had plenty of pace there for the 10 fur­longs so I don’t see any rea­son drop­ping back to

nine (1800m) be a prob­lem.”

A post-race ve­teri­nary ex­am­i­na­tion af­ter the Her­bert Power re­vealed Kidmen­ever had the thumps and in­ter­nal ex­er­cise-in­duced pul­monary haem­or­rhage which may have af­fected his rac­ing per­for­mance.

Ap­pleby says the signs are Kidmen­ever has fully re­cov­ered.

“He’s been rou­tinely vet checked all the way,” Ap­pleby said.

“He’s put good solid work in over the last three weeks so that’s not a con­cern at all.

“Go­ing on to next week­end his work was solid on Sat­ur­day and it’s all sys­tems go head­ing to­wards the Eclipse.”

Ap­pleby said noth­ing should be read into Kidmen­ever miss­ing a start at Flem­ing­ton on Mel­bourne Cup day when he drew wide bar­rier over 1800m.

“When you’ve trav­elled this far we’re try­ing to give our­selves ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to try and win,” he said.

“It was was noth­ing to do with his well­be­ing. We just felt it wasn’t the race for him.

“Com­ing this dis­tance we want to make sure we’re tick­ing as many boxes as pos­si­ble.”

Char­lie Ap­pleby

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