Five-year-old stayer Admire Rakti is set to add some Japanese flavour to the 2013 Melbourne Cup field, with connections confirming they are keen to target the race.
Last seen running 10th in Sunday’s Group 2 Meguro Kinen (2500m), Admire Rakti will be the first Japanese runner in Australia’s biggest race since Tokai Trick finished 12th in 2010.
Racing Victoria International Recruitment Officer Leigh Jordon said the son of Heart Cry will also tackle the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) after he received confirmation of the camp’s spring intentions yesterday.
“I had news through yesterday that he pulled up well from the Meguro Kinen. He’ll go for a break before being prepared for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cups,” Jordon told Radio Sports National.
“From a staying perspective he is a true two-miler [3200m] and as we know the Japanese horses are some of the best stayers in the world.”
Admire Rakti has proven himself as one of Japan’s most capable stayers, having finished fourth in the Group 1 Tenno Sho in May and winning the Group 3 Diamond Stakes in February.
The strength of the Japanese staying ranks was seen first hand in Australia in 2006 when Delta Blues and Pop Rock produced a one-two finish in the Melbourne Cup.
Jordon believes this year’s Japanese contender is in a similar league to Delta Blues and is confident he is on an upward spiral ahead of the spring test.
“I think Delta Blues, Pop Rock…he’s in that sort of league. He’s lightly raced and he’s definitely improving. He’s a real dyed-in-the wool stayer which is a bit like Delta Blues was,” Jordon said.
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