Racing Victoria (RV) will attempt to recruit more international talent for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival by sending their recruiter to Japan and Singapore.
RV’s recruiter Leigh Jordon will leave for Asia on Sunday to try and entice leading trainers and owners to run their horses in some of the top spring carnival races.
Mr Jordon will be looking to attract Singapore’s Krisflyer Sprint favourite Rocket Man to Australia later in the year.
“I’ve already had discussions with Rocket Man’s trainer Patrick Shaw about travelling to Australia to compete in the Patinack Farm Stakes on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington and I will again after the race on Sunday week,” Jordon said.
Mr Jordon is hoping that a showdown between Rocket Man and Australian super mare Black Caviar could be arranged.
“Patrick (Shaw) 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,” Mr Jordon said.
The recruiter will be targeting the horses that finished in the first four of the Group 1 Spring Tenno Sho, which ran earlier this month, to start in this year’s $6 million Melbourne Cup.
“Japanese distance horses are still considered to be the best in the world and with the door reopened for travel to Australia last year we are keen to again build upon Japanese interest in our premier racing carnival,” Jordon said.