The brilliant move by the VRC to employ world renowned international recruiter Leigh Jordon has already begun to pay dividends, with confirmation that Japanese stayers are poised be a significant part of their four day Melbourne Cup carnival this year.
Jordon, who was lured from Racing Victoria to the home of the Melbourne Cup just six weeks ago, flew into Tokyo last week to work with local racing officials on the likelihood of that country being represented at Flemington in the spring.
Jordon also spoke to trainers and owners on a move to promote the Mackinnon stakes,held on the final day of the carnival, in a bid to make it a world class weight for age race.
“I have a great message and race to sell. The world know what the Melbourne Cup is and how it grips the country and they want to be amongst it.”
On leaving Japan the local media were told that Chestnut Coat trained by Yoshiti Yahagi who finished fifth in the Group 1 Tenno Sho over 3200m, is coming to Australia.