Some of the international horses are now in quarantine at various locations ahead of intentions to have a run at the 2017 Melbourne Cup and other top-echelon Australian spring races.
Here are a few preparing for Flemington by avoiding contact with the disease and bacteria ridden nags from other locations around the world. Seriously, though, these horses are truly fine specimens of their species.
Japan’s Admire Deus will try the Caulfield and the Melbourne Cups. Unlike Japanese imports of the past, Admire Deus will have an Aussie trainer, 2015 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir, who prepared longshot Prince of Penzance to stage one of the biggest, upsets in the history of the Cup.
Admire Deus was recently purchased from his Japanese connections by Australian Bloodstock.
Deauville, trained by Aidan O’Brien, just started his racing career in the middle of 2015 and has run around the world, competing in the U.S., England, Ireland and Dubai. He won the biggest victory of his career when he took the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (2000 m) in the U.S. in July of last year.
O’Brien will also field Highland Reel and Australian racing fans are familiar with this horse from his Cox Plate attempt in 2015, when you-know-who beat him soundly. Still, Highland Reel has gone on to win five Group 1s since then. He has been lightly worked in 2017 and he seems to have no issues with getting on a plane and going wherever O’Brien needs him to go.
Ireland’s Kaspersky is one that will find plenty of backing. He is popular with race fans around the world and has raced in Italy, Germany and England, so he is obviously another horse who travels well, but the x factor with him is that he is usually found running in races half the distance of the Melbourne Cup, so he might be aimed at the Cox Plate, still a considerable bump in distance.
Finally, Prize Money out of the Goldolphin stables and has shown impressive staying ability, including a win at 2400 m in the Dubai City of Gold March past. He holds entries for the Cox Plate, Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and is generally considered most capable at a mile and a half.