Lengthy Journey for Workforce

Delays within the journey from the UK to Kentucky for Derby and Arc victor Workforce have connections of the star colt unhappy.



Although the Sir Michael Stoute charge spent just eight hours airborne, the punters favourite for the Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday, had an 18 hour journey to his Churchill Downs stable due to several different delays.

With the trained not due to arrive there until Tuesday, his travelling head groom Stuart Messenger has said that Workforce come out of the journey well, but said "a lesson would have to be learned" from the situation.

Messenger commented, "The journey over was far from satisfactory, but all credit to the horse who is showing that great temperament of his - you would think he'd been doing it all his life.

"When he got here he was straight into his food, which is just what you want to see, and I would think he'd stretch his legs on the turf course on Tuesday.

"While it was 18 hours door to door, only eight hours was flying time as there were several delays.

"The airport is just four miles from the track but a bomb scare meant we were delayed after landing and then, when we arrived at Churchill Downs, there was another big delay owing to vetting checks and paperwork before they got the horse off the box.

"It would have been much better for the 19 horses from the flight to get straight into the barn and it is fortunate they took it well.

"It could easily have been a different story, and I think there are lessons to be learned before we come back here next year.

"It's a big thing as there's a lot to lose as well as so much to gain.

"We would love to keep him in training as a four-year-old next year."

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