Katsumi Yoshida, the Japanese owner who quinelled the 2006 Melbourne Cup with Delta Blues and Pop Rock, has another star stayer ready to make an assault on this year’s 150th running of the world’s favourite Cup race.
Jaguar Mail earned himself a possible 2010 Melbourne Cup campaign after the Noriyuki Hori-trained horse claimed an impressive victory in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) in Japan a fortnight ago.
The Tenno Sho is considered one of Japan’s premier staying tests and could be a big indicator for Jaguar Mail’s Melbourne Cup chances this year.
Champion Aussie hoop Craig Williams was aboard Jaguar Mail for the win and if the international galloper travels down under for the time-honoured Melbourne Cup, Williams looks primed to secure the mount on him.
Connections of the Tenno Sho runner-up Meiner Kitz have also expressed interest in competing in the 150th Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2.
The only thing standing in between these powerful Japanese runners and a Melbourne Cup berth is the strict quarantine regulations.
But if all goes to plan their will be a definite international flavour in the Melbourne Cup this year.