Black Caviar’s spring absence opens way for Rocket Man to race in Melbourne
- by:Michael Manley
- From:Herald Sun
- August 07, 2012 12:00am
Rocket Man at track work at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. Picture: Nicole GarmstonSource: Herald Sun
BLACK Caviar’s absence from the spring could lead to superstar Singapore sprinter Rocket Man coming to Melbourne.
Racing Victoria racing manager Greg Carpenter said yesterday there had been a lot more interest from connections of overseas sprinters since it was announced Black Caviar would miss the spring carnival.
Carpenter said Rocket Man’s trainer, Patrick Shaw, had made contact and was keen to explore the opportunities on offer, focusing on the $750,000 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 and $1 million Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 10.
Seven-year-old Rocket Man has won 20 of his 27 starts and has been defeated only twice at home. He also won the 1200m Golden Shaheen in Dubai last year and finished second in the same race this year.
Carpenter said Rocket Man’s stablemate Ato, who has won Group 1 races at his past two starts, including the 1200m Kris Flyer International at Kranji, was also a chance to come.
Carpenter said the interest regarding the Melbourne Cup from an international perspective had never been higher.
“I am still fielding five or six calls a day re European horses asking what are their chances of getting a run in the Melbourne Cup,” he said.
“The Melbourne Cup is no longer viewed as just a handicap but is now seen as the major staying handicap of the world.”
Carpenter announced that last year’s Caulfield Cup favourite, December Draw, would be among today’s entries for this year’s Caulfield Cup when they are released this afternoon.