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Singapore Champ Rocket Man Still Aiming At Melb Spring

Wednesday, 6th July 2011

A “fact-finding mission early next month is expected to erase fears of a Rocket Man no-show at Flemington in November” reported The Herald-Sun. Star Australian-bred but Singapore-based sprinter Rocket Man's owner Fred Crabbia made Victoria Racing Club officials “nervous on Sunday when he declared Rocket Man a certain starter in Japan’s Sprinters Stakes (1200m) at Nakayama on October 2”. Quarantine requirements would make Rocket Man “unable to run in both the Japanese race & the November 5 Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic in a clash with Black Caviar”. However Rocket Man's trainer Robert Shaw “insisted yesterday the 1200m Patinack was his priority, though he conceded there was some confusion over quarantine”. Shaw also said he had “some reservations about the Werribee quarantine facility, saying he had been aware of worries about the quality of the surface at the track”. Shaw confirmed: “I'm coming out on the 5th of August to have a look at the facility & also to get to the bottom of the quarantine issue. From there I'll make my mind up, but I'd love to be there for a clash in the Patinack. It would be a lovely race.” Rocket Man began pre-training in Singapore last Monday & Shaw said: “I'm preparing him for a racing return at the end of August. Ideally we'd like to have a race or two & maybe a couple of trials before heading Down Under.” Shaw added he felt obliged to race Australian-bred Rocket Man (Viscount-Macrosa, by McGinty) at Flemington, noting: “In many ways, he's an Aussie horse. So it's something we'd be very keen to do. As I've said all along, we'd love to have a crack at Black Caviar.”

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