What the SIA Cup contenders did...


Cantered two laps on the Polytrack.

"He'll go for a full gallop on Wednesday. That will be his only hard workout for the week," said trainer Desmond Koh.

"He's been racing for quite some time now. So there's no need to do too much work, plus the way he ran in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (three weeks ago) showed me that he's pretty fit anyway.

"Everything's going well with him and no complaints about his condition."


Both trotted over 500m and then cantered for one and half laps (about 2,200m) on the Polytrack.

"They did pretty much the same as yesterday," said trainer John Moore's son George, who is overseeing the preparations.

"Everything's going well and we're happy with them. It's all good.

"They're eating their feed well and putting on weight, which is good. As you know, horses lose weight when they travel.

"We'll probably stick to the same routine until we send them for a gallop, which looks like it'll be on Thursday. We'll see how they respond one day at a time but it looks like Thursday we'll have them gallop."


For the second day in a row, Slew Of Lode made time. After doing pacework on the turf for 1,200m under race-rider John Powell, he extended from the 600m mark and clocked 34.9sec for the last 600m.

Johnny Guitar cantered one lap on the Polytrack with jockey Barend Vorster aboard.

"They both worked very well," said trainer Patrick Shaw.

"I was thinking of galloping Slew Of Lode on Wednesday, but I was scared it would rain as he doesn't like it wet, and as the weather looked good today, I didn't want to take any chances and decided to run him today.

"I'll send Johnny Guitar for a good gallop on the turf tomorrow and that should be it for him."

Powell, who has been nursing a sore thumb since a barrier mishap with Ruapehu on May 4, and was at his trackwork comeback, reported all was good - both horse and jockey.

"Thumb's still a bit swollen and sore, but I'll be right. The horse galloped very well this morning," said the Australian rider.

"He's fit and his action was good, his breathing was good. I couldn't be happier with him."


Cantered over 2,000m on the Polytrack under trainer Doug Watson's work rider Martin Pearson.

"We might do a gallop tomorrow, maybe half a mile, but Doug gets in later this afternoon and he'll make a decision on that," said Pearson .

"Otherwise, he's been perfect and very professional. You couldn't ask for a better horse to travel with. He looks fresh and in great condition."


Trotted out on Track 4 and cantered back under track rider Abigail Harrison.

"He just trotted on the Polytrack up to the tower and cantered back. All's good," said Harrison."


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

"He had two steady canters down that Polytrack. He's happy, eating and drinking well," said Masterton. "He'll do most of his work on that track and gallop on the turf on Thursday."


Galloped over 1,000m on the turf track with David Flores aboard, sprinting home in the last 400m.

"I'm very happy with his hit-out today. He finished very strong," said Darrell Vienna's assistant-trainer son Chris.

"He pulled up good. He doesn't seem to be breathing any harder than he has for the rest of the week.

"This will help take the edge off him. He will walk tomorrow."

Flores, who has partnered Si Sage in his work since his arrival on May 4, was a happy man after jumping off.

"It was a very nice gallop. He cantered nice and relaxed from the 1,000m, and picked up in the last 400m," said the Mexican-born jockey.


Warmed up with a trot on Track 4, followed by a canter on the Polytrack under track rider Patrick Lemagny.

"He again took a good look around him. He is eating and drinking well, everything's A-OK with him," said Lemagny.

"It's all about maintenance and recuperating from here till raceday. The boss (Pascal Bary) gets in on Friday and he will decide when he will have a gallop."


Galloped on the Polytrack with senior track rider Mick Lockett in the irons and clocked 38.9sec for the last 600m.

"Very happy with him," said trainer Steven Burridge.

"He's coming along nicely and he looked very fit out there today."