Veterans Amber Sky and Flamberge to try Kensington Stakes

What is it they say about old warhorses?

The rest of the idiom escapes us at the moment. We think it is, “Old Warhorses never die…” but we can’t recall the next bit, although we are quite sure it is not,”…they run on at Flemington.”

The analogy is somewhat appropriate, but it is old racehorses, not warhorses, that return to Flemington in the form of Amber Sky and Flamberge, both of which are making an encore appearance at Headquarters.

Both are preparing to have a race of the straight.

Amber Sky won the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in 2014, but has not raced for close to a year. He is the son of Exceed and Excel. He was showing good speed for an eight-year-old gelding. He has done most of his racing in Hong Kong and his owners are from there, but they have sent Amber Sky to Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra for a chance at Flemington. He came back to Australia last spring and initially had some trouble with his feet, but the trainers have got those issues sorted and the old sprinter won an 800-metrejumpout at Werribee.

“He was a little bit laminitic when he arrived due to all of a sudden going on the grass so we had to keep him boxed for a while.” Zahra said.“The farrier did a huge job with him, a massive job to get his feet right. He has always been sound as a bell in Hong Kong and he’s been terrific here now that we have got his feet right.”

The other old campaigner, Flamberge, last won in March of 2016, when he took out the Group 1 William Reid Stakes. Immediately prior, he also won the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield and he also lists the 2015 The Goodwood, so he obviously had some ability at one time.

Zahra and Ellerton have gotten him back from Darren Weir. He was unplaced in six starts running out of Weir’s stables. Flamberge also had some problems with his feet, but the trainers and their farrier seem to have overcome those, just as they did with Amber Sky.

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