Shock Tenno Sho winner in Japan last week five-year-old Beat Black could Australia bound with connections considering a trip down under to target the iconic 2012 Melbourne Cup this spring.
The progressive stayer had never even won a stakes race before they took out the $3.4 million, Grade 1 Tenno Sho over the two miles as a 158-1 roughie by a commanding four lengths back on April 29.
Among the horses the Hitoshi Nakamura-trained Beat Black beat home was reigning Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre.
Racing Victoria international recruiter Leigh Jordon was at Japan’s Kyoto Racecourse for the Tenno Sho and spoke to owner Koji Maeda who is reportedly interested in bringing the now elite level winner to Oz for the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
It is unsurprising that the world’s richest handicap race is on the agenda for Beat Black after they ran just 0.4 seconds outside the course record set by Deep Impact when they took out the Tenno Sho in 3:13.8 seconds.
In comparison last year’s Melbourne Cup was run and won by French galloper Dunaden in 3:20.84.
It is shaping up as a truly international Melbourne Cup affair in 2012 with Jordon also reporting lots of interest from their trip to Dubai World Cup night back on March 31 including from English horseman Marco Botti.
Botti has plans to head to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with his Sheema Classic third placegetter Jakkalberry, the Storming Home stallion now owned by Australian connections.
Melbourne Cup 2012 hope Jakkalberry could also be joined by his World Cup third placegetter Planteur who would target the Australasian weight for age championship – the 2012 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October.
Meanwhile a return trip to defend their title from reigning Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden is looking less and less likely.
The Mikel Delzangles-trained Nicobar stallion resumed racing last Saturday at Newmarket running six lengths away third to Al Kaeem in a Group 2 race over 2414-metres but looks more likely to head to Paris in late October for the famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over 2400m.
“The big problem is we know the handicapper is going to wallop weight on him,” Bloodstock agent David Redvers said.
“Although he is a bigger, stronger horse than he was last year, it’s still a huge ask to win with top weight.”
Dunaden’s owner Sheikh Fahad al-Thani could still be represented in the ‘race that stops a nation’ however having just purchased a stayer from the Aga Khan, Vadamar, who he will aim at the Melbourne Cup this year.
Dalakhani four-year-old Vadamar was previously prepared by Alain de Royer Dupre who trained Americain for their 2010 Melbourne Cup victory.
“We’ve probably got two or three horses that are all possibilities and one thing is for certain, Sheikh Fahad said when he was over there last it’s the best race in the world, and he wants to win it again and again,” Redvers said.
“Vadamar looks like he’ll turn into a very smart, high-class stayer and he is a horse that fits the profile.
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