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Lovett will be eyeing the spring with imported galloper Mustajeer, who ran sixth in the Caulfield Cup shortly after arriving Down Under.
With almost a full 12 months under his belt in Australia, Lovett expects Mustajeer to thrive in the spring, especially if the internationals are not here.
At this stage Werribee’s international quarantine facility will be open to only one-way ticket horses, who will be trained by Australian connections.
The industry is in talks with government about potentially easing the restrictions to allow international raiders, with a decision needing to be made by August.
Lovett said the uncertainty surrounding who will and won’t compete will make for an interesting carnival with plenty of opportunities for locals.
“It’s got to be (easier), 100 per cent,” Lovett said.
“If you are only racing what’s here… those horses that came out of the Andrew Ramsden, surely we are competitive against them.
“He only got beat two lengths in the Caulfield Cup last year and he was cooked when he got here. We are just bringing him up nice and slow.
“I just think he is in the Caulfield Cup up to his ears, provided he races up to his work.”
Mustajeer is currently a $34 chance for the Caulfield Cup with BetEasy.
“I’ve really got a good opinion of Mustajeer,” Lovett said.
“I thought he probably should have won the Sydney Cup. He had a really good prep, won the Parramatta Cup, run second in The BMW.
“He has come back, he has settled in, he looks great. I just think he is a real (contender).”