MIKE de Kock’s travelling party destined for the 2015 International Racing Carnival in Dubai will be in quarantine in Mauritius until 5 October, when they will be shipped on to Newmarket, UK for a further 30-day spell in quarantine en route to the UAE.
Mike returned from the island last week and reported that the 16-strong group is in good health and in the care of Declan Cronin and assistants. He said: “Declan and his team have done sterling work. The horses are in a new quarantine area where they can only walk and trot, they can’t gallop along like they did in previous years. On the positive side, they will be arriving in Dubai more or less a month earlier than previously, which will give us more time to get them in shape for the Carnival races. Up to now we’ve been pressed to push our Carnival contenders to fitness, which is never ideal.”
Via Africa: Destination, Dubai.
Here is the list of runners in quarantine. It includes the former Gavin van Zyl-trained Along Came Polly, who will be moving on from the UK to Kentucky after being sold to a US interest.
(Along Came Polly)