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Kiwi Sprinter Joins Top US Stable
Former Kiwi galloper Cut Me Loose (Swiss Ace-Scent of Joy, by Redoute's Choice) is about to embark on the next phase of his career under the care of US trainer Wesley Ward, reports NZ Racing Desk. Owner Gerry Harvey made the unorthodox decision to send the highly regarded 4YO to Ward, who is best known in Australia for his feats at the Royal Ascot carnival in England. Ward has trained numerous Royal Ascot winners over the years, including 2015 Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Undrafted (who defeated Chris Waller's Brazen Beau), and last year's Gr1 King's Stand Stakes with star filly Lady Aurelia. Former trainer Shaune Ritchie explained the move. "He [Cut Me Loose] had four starts in New Zealand for two wins and ran third in the Wellington Guineas," he said. "He's a very talented horse, but he had a bleed in trackwork and I said to (Westbury Stud manager) Russell Warwick that I wasn't that comfortable about getting the horse back to the races." Ritchie added: "We had a talk about it and suggested Gerry send him to America where he can run on Lasix to help the bleeding. The horse is currently in Miami and they are very happy with him."