Hong Kong star Aerovelocity on Melbourne spring radar   Leave a comment

Hong Kong star Aerovelocity on Melbourne spring radar

Aerovelocity and Zac Purton claim the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint on Sunday. P

Aerovelocity and Zac Purton claim the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images Source:Getty Images

RACING Victoria’s international recruiter Leigh Jordon hopes the prospect of a $2.2 million payday will persuade the owner of Aerovelocity to bring the star Hong Kong sprinter to Melbourne in the spring.

Straight after Aerovelocity won the Singapore International Sprint on Sunday night, his trainer Paul O’Sullivan told reporters that the sprinter would not be coming to Australia.

A couple of days later, after O’Sullivan had the lucrative payday explained to him, he was starting to consider the trip to Melbourne to run in the VRC Sprint Classic.

Jordon said he had been dealing with O’Sullivan since the win and he was showing great interest.

Speaking on RSN on Tuesday morning, O’Sullivan said he would discuss Aerovelocity’s program with his owner, Daniel Yeung Ngai.

Jordon said if Aerovelocity won the VRC Sprint Challenge he would take home the $600,000 first prize, plus a $600,000 bonus provided by the VRC offered to any winner of a Global Sprint Series race overseas.

Zac Purton soaks up his win aboard Aerovelocity. Picture: Getty Images

Zac Purton soaks up his win aboard Aerovelocity. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

On top of that, Aerovelocity — also winner of The Takamatsuno in Japan — would receive a $1 million bonus from the Global Sprint Challenge for having won Group 1 Global Sprint Series races in three countries.

“The owner is keen for Aerovelocity to run in the Hong Kong Sprint in December but there’s still plenty of time for him to run here and be ready for that race,” Jordon said.

Jordon said he would also speak to the connections of Singapore Gold Cup winner Dan Excel about the possibility of another Cox Plate campaign.

Star factor: Dan Excel and Tommy Berry combine to take out the Group 1 Singapore Cup. Pic

Star factor: Dan Excel and Tommy Berry combine to take out the Group 1 Singapore Cup. Picture: Getty Images Source:Getty Images

Dan Excel travelled to Australia for last year’s race but was withdrawn after contracting a throat infection.

Jordon said he would also speak to John Moore about coming to Australia again.

Jordon said Tony Cruz, trainer of Blazing Speed, winner of the recent Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Hong Kong, had shown interest in the Cox Plate.

He said connections of the placegetters in the Tenno Sho in Japan earlier this month — runner-up Fame Game and third-placed Curren Mirotic — were keen on coming for the Melbourne Cup.

Jordon said Snow Spy, winner of the Yorkshire Cup at the weekend, also was shaping as a potential Caulfield and Melbourne Cup contender.

“That would be great as he is owned by Juddmonte Farms, who raced Frankel, and haven’t had a runner here before,” Jordan said.

“And he’s trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who hasn’t had a runner in Melbourne since Distinction in 2005.”

Originally published as Hong Kong star on spring radar

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Posted May 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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