Dartmouth (left) is wanted down under
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Keith Melrose 9:45AM 5 JUL 2016
RACING VICTORIA’S international recruitment officer Leigh Jordon has revealed that Hardwicke Stakes winner Dartmouth, owned by The Queen, is top of his wishlist as he embarks on his annual expedition to attract European talent down under in the autumn.
Jordon will spend three weeks in Europe, visiting Britain, Ireland, France and Germany, but his main target is to attract a royal presence in the Melbourne Cup for only the second time.
“I’d love to get Dartmouth to Australia,” Jordon said. “For one, I think he’s the right sort of horse, and to have the Queen’s horse come to Australia in the year of her 90th birthday would be fantastic.”
Jordon is hoping that his visit comes in time to influence plans for Dartmouth.
“The main concern is that he will probably run in the King George Stakes next and then possibly the Arc. That being said, the Hardwicke into the King George is the same form lines that Snow Sky came through last year en route to the Melbourne Cup.
“The Hardwicke is a ballot exempt race into the Caulfield Cup and that looks a perfect race for him.”
Dunlop, Charlton also targeted
Jordon also mentioned some of the other top British talent that he hopes to coax to Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival.
“Ed Dunlop has a few horses in contention. Trip To Paris, who ran fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup, is back in training which is great. His other horse, Red Verdon, was impressive when fourth in the Irish Derby behind Harzand. I’m looking forward to the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes to understand whether he is a Carnival contender.”
Jordon is also thought to be trying to tempt Eclipse third Time Test, whose trainer Roger Charlton is not known for his runners in Australia.
“One of the key things for me to try and achieve on this trip is to get those people that haven’t been here before to come to Australia and enjoy the wonderful experience of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival,” said Jordon.