Randwick set for All Silent?s return
All Silent has returned to Grahame Begg’s Randwick stable ahead of his proposed assault on next month’s Hong Kong International Sprint.
Begg said everything was in place for the dual Group One winner’s trip but he would not hesitate to cancel if he was not happy with the horse.
"It’s all systems go, we’ve been invited, we’ve accepted but there’s still two weeks before he leaves," Begg said.
"If for any reason I thought he would not be at his best, he wouldn’t go.
"But he looks terrific. He had a week off in the paddock which was more like an extended long weekend and as of today he is officially back in training."
The winner of two races at Flemington in the November 2008 including the Emirates Stakes (1600m), All Silent maintained his unbeaten record at the track this spring with wins in the Group Two Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and the Patinack Farm Classic over the same trip.
After an autumn campaign thwarted by wet tracks, All Silent was targeted at sprints this time around instead of a defence of the Emirates (1600m).
His last-to-first victory in the Patinack Classic was hailed by many as the win of the carnival and earned him the invitation to Hong Kong.
A half brother to the dynamic Private Steer, All Silent is owned by a syndicate headed by Begg’s father Neville who had a successful training career in both Sydney and Hong Kong.
Grahame Begg has also has his share of success in Hong Kong, taking Monopolize there in 1995 and 1996 where he took out the Hong Kong Bowl (1400m) on both occasions.
The international meeting has expanded since then with the Bowl no longer on the program.
Australian Horse of the Year, Scenic Blast, is already in Hong Kong for the Sprint (1200m) and will compete in the Sprint Trial on Sunday.
Scenic Blast won the King’s Stand at the Royal Ascot meeting in June before finishing out of the placings in the July Cup at Newmarket and the Sprinters Stakes in Japan.
Apache Cat, who finished third in the Sprint last year and fourth in the Patinack Classic, is also due to return for the Hong Kong meeting on December 13.
By Caryl Williamson