Eddie LYNAM'S Slade Power was among the equine globe-trotters to enter quarantine on Thursday ahead of his Australian swansong.
Hours later, word filtered through from Down Under that Lankan Rupee had been beaten for a second time in succession at Moonee Valley.
When Lynam mooted the possibility of a bold tilt at the VRC Sprint Classic in Flemington on November 8, Lankan Rupee was the horse that he name-checked as a target. He was supposed to be the next Black Caviar, but he is proving far more vulnerable.
Taking on the Auzzie sprinters at home is always a daunting prospect. Nonetheless, Tom Hogan enjoyed a famous triumph there in the spring with Gordon Lord Byron and Lynam will doubtless be encouraged by Lankan Rupee's latest reversal.
Slade Power is a serious six-furlong sprinter. The Diamond Jubilee and July Cup hero missed the Sprint Cup after contracting ringworm, but he wouldn't be allowed to enter quarantine if that hadn't fully cleared.