All good for the big two from 2013 SIA Cup

Hong Kong's MILITARY ATTACK and DAN EXCEL, who finished 1-2 in last year's Singapore Airlines International Cup, did only light exercises yesterday morning.

The John Moore-trained pair were trotted over 500m and then cantered one and a half laps (about 2,200m) on the Polytrack.

"So far so good," said Moore's son George, who is overseeing the preparations until his father's arrival today.

"It's their first day, they're eating well and everything's gone okay.

"Both of them have settled much better than last year, so that's good.

"Military Attack has been to Singapore and Dubai in the past 12 months, so he's used to the travelling."

Moore instructed his staff to hose down the two horses and his KrisFlyer International Sprint candidate STERLING CITY, after they returned to the stables following their workout, before they were hand-walked for about 15 minutes around the sand area at the stables compound.

"It's the humidity," he explained. "Last year one of our horses was low on potassium because of the heat so we've learnt from that and try to cool them down after they've done their work in the morning."



Given an easy walk over 2,000m on the Polytrack by work rider Martin Pearson.

"He'll probably do some faster work, maybe go for a gallop on Wednesday," said Pearson. "Everything's going well.

"He's looking fresh and physically in good condition. He's been eating well and we're very happy with him."


Cantered on Track 4, up and down under travelling foreman and track rider Abigail Harrsion.

"He travelled good and has settled in well. All's good," said Harrsion.


Cantered on Track 4, up and down under track rider Leanne Masterton.

"He's a very athletic sort and we're very happy with him. He showed great form at home and has come here fresh," said Masterton.

"He's well-travelled and he's taken this trip very well even if he lost 12kg on the way here. He's already put 5kg back on."


Easy canter over one lap on Track 1 (turf) with race-rider David Flores in the saddle.

"He's settled in well and has done the same he's been doing since he came here last week," said Chris Vienna, son of the Santa Anita-based trainer, Darrell.

Said Flores: "He's light on his mouth and when I restrained him he threw his head up a bit last Saturday. But he's okay now after I've got to know him better and what's up with him."


Light canter on the Polytrack under track rider Patrick Lemagny.

"I thought he would be a bit stiff this morning, but he was perfect," said Lemagny.

"He was looking around a bit as this is all new to him, but he was fine. The lights didn't bother him at all."