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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Chapple-Hyam hoping for beer, sausages and a Carnival ticket

Stamford Raffles (far side): runs in the German St Leger in a bid to further his chances of a trip down under
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Jane Chapple-Hyam saddles Stamford Raffles for the Deutsches St Leger (3.30) at Dortmund on Sunday in a bid to get him accepted by the Australian authorities so he can take up some attractive targets in the second half of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The four-year-old has won four races and improved around 20lb since joining her last autumn, but he ran badly at Nottingham last time and needs to put that behind him in the German Group 3 if he is to gain acceptance.

Chapple-Hyam, whose good miler Kaspersky went into quarantine on Thursday before his trip to Australia, explained: "I'd like to take Stamford Raffles for races like the Bendigo Cup and the Sandown Cup, but he has a zero next to his name and I know the Australians like to have a horse with current form.

"He had a huge abscess on his near-fore after running at Nottingham, but I'm not sure they will take much notice of that and so I had two options this weekend, which were to run him in the 0-95 at Chester on Saturday or the German St Leger on Sunday.

"What fun. I thought let's go to Dortmund, because if nothing else we will see how he travels and can enjoy a stein of beer and some wurst."

A good run will not guarantee Stamford Raffles a trip down under as the second shipment of quarantined horses could well be over-subscribed. She is hopeful however, and already looking forward to campaigning established Group horse Kaspersky there.

She said: "Kaspersky flies to Melbourne on September 28 and his targets are the Toorak Handicap on October 14, a Group 1 handicap worth A$500,000, and then the Cantala Stakes, another Group 1 handicap worth A$1m on Victoria Derby day, November 4. They are both over a mile."

Breeders' Cup the tempter for Temptress 

Marco Botti is hopeful of a second Grade 1 success at Woodbine in Canada when his Sweet Solera Stakes third Capla Temptress takes on eight rivals in the Natalma Stakes (10.24pm BST) on Sunday.

The race, run over a mile and in memory of Northern Dancer's dam Natalma, the Canadian Hall of Fame mare, is a Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' race for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Del Mar in November will be the target for the filly should she win. By then, however, the Chelmsford and Newmarket winner will be in the care of Bill Mott as she was sold to Team Valor prior to the Sweet Solera.

Botti, who won the 2012 Canadian International at Woodbine with Joshua Tree, explained: "Winning the Natalma and going on to the Breeders' Cup would be the ideal scenario, but she will be staying in America anyway and being transferred to Bill Mott."

He added: "The form of the Sweet Solera is working out and Capla Temptress has travelled well, so everything has gone to plan so far. It's difficult to know what she is up against as most of the others are unexposed, but she's very game and she will appreciate the step up in distance on a galloping track. I'm hoping that her experience will be an advantage."

Capla Temptress faces three fillies trained by Mark Casse, whose six previous winners of the race include Catch A Glimpse, who won in 2015 before winning at the Breeders' Cup.

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If nothing else we will see how he travels and can enjoy a stein of beer and some wurst
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