Trainer James Chapman has remained busy this year travelling to Dubai and Singapore with Caller One and Western Pride and will saddle the both at the Royal Ascot meet in England in June. His stable recently added an international dimension as well with the acquisition of two formerly South American-based runners. Chapman has acquired group III runner-up Posadas and maiden winner Ice-Girl.
Caller One and Western Pride arrived in England Thursday and are currently stabled at Newmarket. Caller One is pointed toward the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I), while Western Pride will go in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-II).
"They ate up and were looking around for the first two thirds of the journey then they had a good sleep," said Jim Chapman Sr., father of the trainer. "These boys love to ship. They are professionals and they know that when they get on a plane their off to race. They've done a lot of flying, it's second nature to them."
Both horses worked in Singapore on Wednesday.
Caller One may face Johannesburg in the Golden Jubilee, formerly known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes.
Of the recent acquisitions, Posadas (by Misawaki) finished second in last June's 5 1/2-furlong General Lavalle (Arg-III) 16 days after earning her first career win. She then finished fourth in a seven-furlong group III stakes and fifth in a five-furlong stakes. Posadas is out of Portugal (by Topsider), and her second dam is Test (gr. II) and Bewitch Stakes (gr. III) winner Sintra (by Drone).
Ice-Girl is a lightly raced filly from the 1999 crop of Roy. She is a full brother of Gran Premio Jockey Club (Arg-I) and Polla de Potrillos--Argentine Two Thousand Guineas (Arg-I) winner Ice Point. Her second dam, Jamra (by Icecapade), is a sister to Clever Trick. Ice-Girl won her second career race on March 17 – a seven-furlong maiden race on heavy turf – and is unraced since.