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Racing Vic International Recruitment Heads To Asia

Thursday, 12th May 2011

Racing Victoria announced its international recruitment campaign for the 2011 Spring Racing Carnival "gathers further momentum this week when recruiter Leigh Jordon heads to Asia on Sunday". Jordon (who began discussions with European trainers at the recent Dubai World Cup meeting) "will speak with leading trainers & owners in Japan, before heading to Singapore for their prized international race meeting on Sunday 22 May".

  • Among Jordon's destinations in Japan will be the Miho Training Centre, where a meeting will be held with Japanese officials regarding quarantine facilities. Jordon noted: "Japanese distance horses are still considered to be the best in the world & with the door reopened for travel to Australia last year, we are keen to again build upon Japanese interest in our premier racing carnival. As well as visiting Miho, I'll also be travelling to Ritto Training Centre & to Hokkaido to speak with the Yoshida Family (who quinellaed the Melbourne Cup in 2006 with Delta Blues & Pop Rock) about their team of horses." Japan's equivalent of the Melbourne Cup, the Gr1 Spring Tenno Sho (3200m), was run earlier this month & a number of key runners are in Jordon's sights. He confirmed: "The first 4 horses in the Tenno Sho, Hiruno d'Armour, Eishin Flash, Numara Crescent & Makani Bisty, are all key targets for us, so I'll be meeting with their connections while in Japan. The connections of 3rd-placed Numara Crescent, which is trained by Nobuharu Fukushima & won the Gr2 Daishoten (3000m) en route to the Tenno Sho, have already expressed an interest in our features, as have those of 4th-placed Makani Bisty who is trained by Yoshito Yahagi." Jordon noted the track was rain-affected for the May 1 feature & "some of the more fancied runners performed below expectations, but remain of considerable interest. Pelusa, who ran 2nd in last year's Gr1 Autumn Tenno Sho, Gr1 Japan Cup winner Rose Kingdom & multiple Group race winner To The Glory, are all outstanding horses & I think they'd be just as suited to the Cox Plate as they would a Melbourne Cup. They are key targets also."
  • After Japan, Jordon's focus will shift to the Singapore international meeting which features the Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) & Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m). He commented: "Both races continue to grow in stature on the world stage & the Cup will be a pivotal race for the Cox Plate, with the first 4 place-getters in the recent Gr1 Dubai Duty Free renewing acquaintances in a race run under the same conditions as the Cox Plate." Jordon added: "The Moonee Valley Racing Club's financial incentives mean the Cox Plate has never been more attractive for international horses than this year & some of the key targets in Singapore will be River Jetez (Mike de Kock), Wigmore Hall (Michael Bell) & Gitano Hernando (Herman Brown). The Hong Kong gallopers California Memory (Tony Cruz) & Irian (John Moore), who recently finished 2nd & 4th behind Ambitious Dragon in the Gr1 QEII Cup at Sha Tin, are also of considerable interest, plus we haven't given up all hope of getting Presvis (Luca Cumani) down here."
  • The meeting at Kranji will also provide Jordon with an opportunity to catch up with premier Hong Kong trainer John Moore "who has already expressed a desire to nominate his exciting galloper Xtension, winner of the Gr1 Champions Mile (1600m) last month," for the Cox Plate.
  • Another key target for Jordon will be Singapore's sprint sensation Rocket Man, a commanding favourite to win the Gr1 KrisFlyer International after finishing 2nd in recent years to Hong Kong pair Sacred Kingdom & Green Birdie (who will both chase a 2nd title). Jordon noted: "I've already had discussions with Rocket Man's trainer Patrick Shaw about travelling to Australia to compete in the Gr1 Patinack Farm Stakes (1200m) on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington & I will again after the race on Sunday week. Patrick hasn't ruled out a start in the race, which is a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, and I'll be encouraging him to come to Melbourne for what would be an amazing showdown with Black Caviar."
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