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U S Navy Flag settles in well

Coolmore's representative for The TAB Everest, U S Navy Flag (USA) (War Front {USA}), has settled in with a light workout at Canterbury on Monday.

The Northern Hemisphere 3-year-old arrived in Australia on the weekend and traveling foreman for Aidan O'Brien, Andrew Murphy, is happy with how things sit less than three weeks out from the $13 million race.

“U S Navy Flag has done a lot of travelling before he started his journey here and he travelled great,’’ Murphy said. “He’s a very laid back, docile horse with a great attitude and that’s why he travels so well."

“As you saw when they were out walking around they are very bright and alert and that’s what you love to see.’’

U S Navy Flag worked with traveling companion Somerset Maugham (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Justify to stand for $150k

Triple Crown winner Justify (USA) (Scat Daddy {USA}) will stand for US$150,000 in his first season at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud.

Ashford Stud will feature two Triple Crown winners on its roster for the first time with American Pharoah (USA) to stand for US$110,000, while Uncle Mo (USA) is the other six-figure stallion with a fee of US$125,000.

The other two new additions alongside Justify are Mendelssohn (USA), the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner and Mo Town (USA), who won the G1 Hollywood Derby. Mendelssohn's fee is yet to be confirmed while Mo Town will stand for $12,500.

G1 Golden Slipper S. winner Vancouver stands for $15,000.

Triple Crown winner, Justify will stand for $150,000 this season at Coolmore America

Torcedor still Melbourne bound

Torcedor (Ire) {Fastnet Rock) may have finished last on Sunday's G1 Preis Von Europa at Cologne but will press on to a Melbourne Cup campaign.

The 6-year-old started favourite but finished last of seven in Sunday's race, which was his first start for Andres Wohler.

Despite the performance, Wohler said the plan was still to progress to the G1 Melbourne Cup and Torcedor will enter quarantine next week.

“The ground is horrible and he didn’t like it all. He was beaten after about a furlong, I think,” Wohler said.

“Jamie (Spencer - jockey) said he ran on soft ground last year, but soft ground is very different to the horrid ground we had here today."

“I think he will probably go straight to the Melbourne Cup and Jamie will ride him. That is why he came to ride him today.”

Rank outsider Khan (Ger) {Santiago {Ger}) won the race.

Newitt set for Epsom Champagne

Tasmanian-based Craig Newitt has secured the ride on Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt) in Saturday's G1 Epsom Hcp.

Champagne Cuddles was narrowly beaten by Shumookh (Dream Ahead {USA}) in Saturday's G2 Golden Pendant and her trainer Bjorn Baker has elected to back her up in the race.

With just 51kgs in the race, Baker's options were limited and he has opted for experience with Newitt, who has five Sydney Group 1 winners to his credit.

Meanwhile Craig Williams takes the ride on Joe Pride's last start G3 Cameron Handicap winner New Tipperary (High Chaparral {Ire}), who also has 51kg.

Livamol peak for Coup

Savvy Coup (NZ) (Savabeel) is ready to peak heading towards the G1 Livamol Classic at Hastings after a strong finishing second in the G1 Windsor Park Plate.

Co-trainer Michael Pitman was delighted with the second place behind Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) on Saturday and said she is primed for her next run on October 6.

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think she will be a big chance in the Livamol,” Pitman said.

“Had we got clear on Saturday I don’t think it would have made any difference, the winner won too good. We might not have won the race, but I’m just as happy.”

Depending on what he sees from the G1 New Zealand Oaks winner on the final day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, he could consider extending the campaign to Australia.

“I thought her run on the first day was enormous and she has backed that up. I’m really looking forward to the next two to three runs with her because I hope to take her over to Melbourne and we’ll see what happens next start.”