Thunderbird One lands in Sydney

Thunderbird One will do his future racing in Australia on the advice of his former co-trainer Murray Baker.

The five-year-old made a major impression during his brief racing career here with five wins and a third placing in the Gr. 3 Sofitel Luxury Hotels Stakes last month, which proved to be his final New Zealand appearance.

“I recommended to the owners that they send him to Australia, which they’ve done and the horse arrived in Sydney on Tuesday night and will join Chris Waller,” Baker said.

Thunderbird One was a late scratching from the Gr. 2 DHL Counties Cup when he refused to load into the gates. His barrier manners were then put on trial under stipendiary steward supervision at a Cambridge jumpout last week.

“He got a clearance to start and then they rescinded it,” Baker said. “I think it’s in the best interests of the owners for him to go to Australia, he’ll do well there.

“He’s a tough horse, but he’s not a nutter. It’s a shame. He’s got Group One ability.”

Meanwhile, the Baker-Forsman stable received better news on another top performer for the team with Lady Kipling coming through her fifth placing in the Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes in good heart.

“She faltered at the 700, but she seems okay and we’ve worked her since,” Baker said. “She’ll race at Ellerslie next in the Zabeel Classic or the Rich Hill Mile.”

The Cal Isuzu was won by Lady Kipling’s stablemate Diademe, who is likely to make her next appearance in the Rich Hill Mile, a race she finished third in last year.

“(It’s A) Dundeel and Atlante are also back in the stable,” Baker said. “They spelled well and they do look very good.”

It’s A Dundeel has the $A4 million Gr. 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the Sydney autumn carnival as his target race while Atlante has the Gr. 1 Randwick Guineas on his programme and possibly the $A2 million Gr. 1 Australian Derby.