The recent approval of Japanese quarantine facilities by Australian officials has paved the way for the 2010 Victoria Derby to feature its first internationally-trained runner.
With the announcement that horses from Japan have been cleared to travel Down Under and contest the country’s top thoroughbred races, the VRC is preparing to welcome Japanese raiders to its Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for the first time since 2006.
While top Japanese thoroughbreds Jaguar Mail and Meiner Kitz are being aimed at the 2010 Melbourne Cup, Meiner Kitz’s stablemate, the Sakae Kunieda-trained Break A Theory has the $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m) in their sights.
Jaguar Mail, owned by the same connections that raced 2006 Melbourne Cup first and second finishers Delta Blues and Pop Rock, and Meiner Kitz proved their Melbourne Cup potential by running the quinealla in Japan’s premier staying race the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) earlier this year.
If they make the 24-horse final field for the 150th Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2, they will become the first Japanese horses to contest the race since 2006.
Meanwhile the time-honoured Victoria Derby, held on the opening meeting of the four-day Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival, is set to have its historic first internationally-trained runner.
The connections of Break A Theory have expressed their interest in the Victoria Derby for the classy Galileo galloper, and have until September 21 to nominate them for the three-year-olds classic.
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