New crop of European stayers leading the charge for spring racing carnival   Leave a comment

New crop of European stayers leading the charge for spring racing carnival

July 20, 2015 – 4:22PM
Red Cadeaux will make his fifth visit to Australia for the Melbourne Cup.Red Cadeaux will make his fifth visit to Australia for the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Racing Victoria’s senior talent scout Leigh Jordon​ maintains that this year’s Melbourne and Caulfield Cup contenders from Europe will be a new crop of stayers, with 2015 being a “renaissance” year for the Spring Carnival.

Jordon said that apart from the amazing Red Cadeaux​, who will make his fifth visit to Australia for the Melbourne Cup, the bulk of international stayers would be new and largely unknown to the racing public.

“I think you’ll find that a lot of the old faces we’ve seen coming to Australia won’t be coming this year as they are either injured, retired or they’re connections don’t believe they’ll be competitive enough,” Jordon said.

Jordon, who has just returned from two weeks in Europe, said the line-up of European stayers would have a fresh look about them in the spring.

“Of course, we’ve got Red Cadeaux coming back for a fifth time but other regulars have either been retired, injured or are remaining home in their latter years of racing.

“But it’s still exciting. We’ve got a terrific mass of horses that could make the trip but you could say in essence that it’s a changing of the guard,” Jordon said.

Red Cadeaux​ is set to return in a bid to snatch victory in the Melbourne Cup. Jordon said Red Cadeaux trainer’s Ed Dunlop was also considering a trip to Paris with the tough stayer who has won more prize money on the road than at home in England.

“Big Orange trained by Michael Bell, who won the group 2 Princess of Wales Stakes, was also not only very impressive but the connections were pretty excited about making a trip to Australia,” Jordon said.

“When you have a change from the old to the new you are always a little concerned that we won’t get the same quality group of horses here in the spring.

“Therefore we’re working on a blank canvas or you could say it’s a renaissance year – there are a lot of horses still yet to commit to a trip.

“Generally trainers are aware of both Cups and also the Cox Plate and the entire Spring Carnival for that matter but we’re like all other racing countries we’re looking for the best quality horses to perform during the spring,” he said.

Trainer Michael Stout has Snow Sky and Telescope and depending on their lead-up form they will be certain visitors to Melbourne this year. However Jordon said from an Australian-based syndicate in Germany there had been no interest from local trainers and owners.

The all-powerful Godolphin outfit have committed to bringing a team to the Spring Carnival. Even though they have an Australian operation they are still keen to send horses for Australia’s most important six weeks of racing.

Brown Panther is coming back from injury, but his connections have again expressed interest  in coming to Australia.

However Jordon pointed out that races in the month will be important pointers to the make-up of the visiting European team for our two major Cup races. From Japan will come Fame Game and Hokko Brave, who are strongly placed to make another trip for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

The Japanese record has been amazing in recent times with a Caulfield and Melbourne Cup already going to one of the strongest racing jurisdictions in the world.

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