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“USA or Durban next for Blueridge Mountain”
Gold CircleBlueridge Mountain, the classy Summerhill Stud-consigned National Yearling Sales graduate and impressive winner of the Grade 2 Sceptre and Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, will run in either the USA or Durban next.
Derek Brugman, racing manager for owner Markus Jooste, said: “We are waiting to hear from the authorities in the States regarding the export protocols in the New York quarantine station. If they prove to be reasonable we may consider sending her there with Variety Club to race in America. She has an American pedigree (by Giant’s Causeway out of a Distant View mare, Skyline Drive View) and we think she is good enough to compete over there. We would like to win black type races with her and, if we could do that, she would be extremely valuable.”
The American authorities have been asked whether the 60-day lockdown can be reduced or made less onerous, and whether a treadmill may be used when the horses are in quarantine. Brugman ruled out all suggestions of a bid for the Triple Tiara or any part of it, saying: “She definitely won’t be going to Johannesburg because she wouldn’t have enough time to acclimatise there for her to produce her best in those races. Subject to what the American authorities say, she will either go to the States or to KwaZulu-Natal for the Summer season.”
Brugman added that the Dubai authorities have finally ruled out any possibility of Variety Club running in the Dubai Duty Free or the Godolphin Mile at the end of next month. Apparently they ruled: “At this stage we are not prepared to break with our existing export protocols.”
Extract from Gold Circle