Maraahel gallop pleases Stoute

Maraahel, Britain’s sole representative in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, moved stylishly on the turf course in a workout watched by his trainer Michael Stoute.

Maraahel, Britain’s sole representative in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, moved stylishly on the turf course in a workout watched by his trainer Michael Stoute.

Richard Hills teamed up with the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned four-year-old, who cantered up the home straight before returning for a more rigorous piece of fast work.

Stoute, accompanied by his cricketing friend Michael Holding, said he was delighted with Maraahel’s general demeanour.

“The trip is going well,” he observed.

“The horse came here fit and did a comfortable four-furlong spin which was just what he needed.”

Other Cup candidates seen on the training track included Epalo, whose rider allowed the horse to engage in a quick workout, and Alexander Goldrun.

The latter completed her work on Wednesday and had a gentle canter past the stands.

Westerner’s trainer Elie Lellouche admitted that it is in the lap of the gods whether his Hong Kong Vase favourite will get a fast pace over a trip which is shorter than ideal.

Lellouche said: “In this race every horse looks dangerous. They say Saturn will make it a decent test but all you can do is hope.”

John Hammond supervised his filly Sweet Stream in a two-furlong breeze and joined Lellouche in wishing for a true gallop in the mile-and-a-half contest.

The Chantilly trainer said: “They crawled last year but I think there’s a better chance of a truly-run race this time.

“The filly had a small ankle problem which prevented me taking her to the Melbourne Cup but the good thing is it happened at home and not in Australia.”

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