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Storming Home Unable To Shuttle To NZ In 2008
NZ stud Stoney Bridge announced it will be without the services of 2001 Champion British 3YO Storming Home (Machiavellian-Try To Catch Me, by Shareef Dancer) this year "after quarantine issues have made his return impossible". The 3-time Gr1-winning Darley stallion (whose 8 wins included the UK Gr1 Champion Stakes at Newmarket, plus both the US Gr1 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park & Gr1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita) served his 2008 Northern hemisphere stint in Japan "but is unable to enter the 90-days quarantine in time to facilitate his shuttle movement". Stoney Bridge manager Peter Jenkins commented: "Essentially we are in an identical situation with Storming Home to that which Cambridge Stud find themselves with Stravinsky." Just 10 days ago Storming Home recorded his 1st stakes-winner when 3YO colt Captain Webb (bred by Gainsborough Stud & raced by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) scored a 3-lengths victory in the Listed Glasgow Stakes (11 furlongs) at Hamilton in the UK for trainer Mark Johnston in a new track record time. Meanwhile Stoney Bridge also confirmed it will make "a major shuttle stallion announcement next week".