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Torcedor struggles in wet ground

Torcedorstrugglesinwetground

September24,20186:21am。

byAAP

TorcedorremainsontargetfortheMelbourneCupdespiteadisappointingstartforhisnewownersinGermany。

Thetop-classstayertrailedhomelastofsevenrunnersinthePreisVonEuropaatCologneathisfirststartfortrainerAndreasWohlerwhowonthe2014CupwithProtectionist。

Thesix-year-oldhadenjoyedanexcellentseasonforJessicaHarrington,winningtheSagaroStakesatAscotinMaybeforebeingplacedbehindtheJohnGosden-trainedStradivariusinboththeGoldCupatRoyalAscotandtheGoodwoodCup。

HeleftHarringtonsyardlastmonthafterhisNewZealand-basedownersTeAkauRacingrevealedTorcedorhadbeensoldforasignificantseven-figuresum。

Torcedorwassentofffavouriteforthemile-and-a-half(2400m)GroupOnecontest,withJamieSpencertakingtheride。

Heracedmidfieldformuchoftheway,butwasbeingpushedalongroundingthehometurnandheultimatelyfoldedtamelyintheultra-testingconditions。

Thegroundishorribleandhedidntlikeitall。

Hewasbeatenafteraboutafurlong,Ithink,Wohlersaid。

Jamiesaidheranonsoftgroundlastyear,butsoftgroundisverydifferenttothehorridgroundwehadheretoday。

That(MelbourneCup)isstilltheplan。

Hehastogointoquarantinenextweek。

IthinkhewillprobablygostraighttotheMelbourneCupandJamiewillridehim。

Thatiswhyhecametoridehimtoday。