Met winner Whisky Baron (AUS) heading overseas
Sun Met winner Whisky Baron (AUS) is in the quarantine station at Kenilworth racecourse as a preliminary to a major international campaign under Brett Crawford.
Craig Carey, manager for the Kieswetter family’s Ridgemont Stud operation, said yesterday: “We felt that the weights would be all wrong if we went for the Vodacom Durban July so our hands were tied to a certain extent.
“Whisky Baron will go to Mauritius and join up with Mike de Kock’s horses going over and from there he will go to Mary Slack’s Abington Place stables in Newmarket where he will stay for four or five months before going to Dubai.
“However Dubai will not be his main mission. That will be Hong Kong for whatever we can get an invite. Brett will have control of the horse which will be nice for him as it will be his first big international campaign.”
Glen Kotzen has also abandoned plans to go for this year’s July with Gold Standard, fourth when the only three-year-old in the Met after winning the Selangor and finishing second in the Cape Guineas.
Kotzen said: “He has had a month off but he will now miss the Natal season – or at least, if he does go, he will travel at the end of it for the Champions Cup. In the meantime the Winter Series in Cape Town is more than likely.
“He is still a young horse and his main missions are next season’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Sun Met.”
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