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VRC Chases Rocket Man For Black Caviar Showdown
Singapore's Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) was also the 3rd leg of the 2011 Global Sprint Challenge, making Rocket Man now eligible for a record $1.2 million pay-out if he can upstage defending champion Black Caviar in the Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on the final day of this year's Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. The Victoria Racing Club announced last week that prize-money for the Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic (8th leg of the Global Sprint Challenge) has been increased to a record $1 million; in addition, in a bid to entice the world's leading sprinters to Australia to challenge Black Caviar, the VRC also announced a further $600,000 bonus for the winner of an international leg of the 2011 Global Sprint Challenge if it can claim the Patinack Farm Classic. Immediately after last night's victory, Racing Victoria confirmed it had "commenced discussions with Rocket Man's connections about competing during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival". RV's international recruitment officer Leigh Jordon was at Kranji "to offer an invitation to Rocket Man's trainer Patrick Shaw to fly to Victoria & inspect the training facilities at the Werribee International Horse Centre. In an important step towards a showdown with unbeaten Black Caviar on Australian soil, Shaw, who has regularly declared his horse better than the champion mare, has accepted the invitation & will fly to Victoria in the coming weeks."