Asian Racing Review: Poor preparation? Dissecting ‘underdone’ Warrior’s Turnbull defeat
On this week's episode of Asian Racing Review, Michael Cox and Andrew Le Jeune analyse an 'underprepared' Romantic Warrior's Australian debut, after the Hong Kong star finished a well-beaten fourth in the G1 Turnbull Stakes.
Romantic Warrior may well bounce back in the weight-for-age Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in just over a fortnight’s time, but broader questions must be asked about the Hong Kong star’s Australian preparation.
Jumping at $1.55 on the World Pool-inflated tote at his Australian debut last Saturday, Danny Shum’s Hong Kong Derby hero finished out of the placings in fourth, four-lengths from dominant winner Gold Trip, last year’s Melbourne Cup champion who is also on a Cox Plate path.
Asian Racing Report Editor Michael Cox questioned the wisdom of using Flemington’s Turnbull Stakes, a set weights and penalties race that saw Romantic Warrior concede weight to the rest of the field, as the six-year-old’s sole Cox Plate lead-in.