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Workforce Probably Needs Race

WORKFORCE will "really need" his comeback run at Sandown on Thursday night, trainer Sir Michael Stoute has warned.

Stoute admitted to concerns over last year's Derby and Arc winner, who will be having his first run since October and his first over 1m2f in more than a year when he lines up in the Group 3 Piper Heidsieck Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

"I think he’s going to really need this race," he told At The Races. "Although he didn’t run in the Breeders’ Cup he did travel to Kentucky and we prepared him for the race, and then there was the journey back, so we decided we wouldn’t be in a rush with him this year.
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Workforce vs. So You Think next??? What a race that will be!
Today's G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown was a strong G3 field by anybody's standards. Three different G1 winners in the field in Workforce, Jan Vermeer, and Cavalryman. Plus the likes of Elusive Pimpernel, Afsare, Poet, Distant Memories, and Black Spirit. The horses that you thought might give Workforce a tough go of it in the race, i.e., Jan Vermeer, Elusive Pimpernel, Cavalryman, and Asfare never really figured. That said, Workforce made very hard work of beating a listed level horse in Poet today. The race was still in question inside the final half-furlong. But Workforce managed to pull out the win by a half-length in the final 100 yards. Workforce had originally been slated to make his 2011 seasonal debut in Ireland in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup. But was immediately withdrawn when Ballydoyle trainer, Aidan O'Brien, announced he would be entering the Australian wonder horse, So You Think, in the race. From what I've seen out of So You Think in his first 2 European starts of 2011, and seeing Workforce in his seasonal debut today, there's no way, IMO, that Workforce could handle So You Think over 10f. So You Think would just out-pace him badly. And frankly, after seeing So You Think stay out a 2 mile trip so strongly in the 2010 Melbourne Cup, I'm not really too sure that Workforce will fare much better with So You Think over 12f either? TJMO.

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