Memory lands in Lion City in good shape
Tony Cruz reported California Memory was in top shape ahead of Sunday's Singapore Airlines International Cup, as the grey handled his second overseas trip in the space of six weeks like a seasoned professional.
California Memory was one of three Hong Kong horses to touch down in Singapore on Sunday, along with fellow Cup entrants Thumbs Up and Zaidan, whose superficial abrasions were the only hiccup on an otherwise uneventful flight.
Cruz (pictured) said his horse hadn't travelled well to Dubai in March, losing considerable weight off his already slight frame, and then was later revealed to be suffering joint soreness when a disappointing 12th in the Dubai Duty Free.
'I got the report from the stable vet Ben Mason and it's the best the horse has ever travelled,' said Cruz, who leaves tomorrow ahead of a key turf gallop on Thursday morning.
'He didn't get to Dubai looking too good, he lost weight and then of course ran like he did, but this time he has been looked after very well and he has only lost four pounds.'
The John Moore-trained Zaidan was a late replacement for stablemate Xtension and suffered some harmless skin loss from his face after acting up on the plane.
'He was just being a goofball on the plane and grazed his face,' said Moore's son and travelling foreman George, who met the four-year-old at the stables after he took a separate flight.
'It won't affect him at all, other than that he travelled beautifully, he is eating and drinking everything, he just won't look the prettiest in the parade ring. We'll put some ointment on it and he will be fine, the horse is fit and well.'
Caspar Fownes said Thumbs Up had travelled 'like a gentleman', the trainer to join his horse today and assess what work he will do this week.