It was the race that stamped Hall of Fame steeplechaser Karasi into racing folklore, but despite not being out of the realms of possibility, it is unlikely Sunday’s Kevin Lafferty Hurdle winner Saunter Boy will be bound for Japan’s premier jumps race next year.

The Nakayama Grand Jump is the world’s richest steeplechase race with a purse of AUD$1.7 million and Eric Musgrove won it three times with his champion from 2005-07, but despite a tweet from connections after Sunday’s impressive performance, Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett said jumps racing fans should not be getting too excited yet.

“It was more tongue in cheek than anything,” Lovett said on Monday.

“It was something that was spoken about with Ciaron (Maher) on the Gold Coast at the Magic Millions.

“It depends where he gets to, he will go to the Grand National at Sandown next.

“I don’t know about the fast ground, I’d say it’s doubtful but you live the dream.

“It’s a very lucrative purse and you would love to do something like that.”

The race is conducted in April each year over 4250 metres and consists of 12 jumps.

Despite a trip abroad looking unlikely, connections are happy to be playing at home after bringing up his ninth win on Sunday and taking his earnings past $500,000.

Purchased as a five-time winner in Europe and brought out to be trained by Kris Lees, the now Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained gelding has won four of his six jumping starts.

“We kept getting on fast ground with him and Kris recommended we try jumping him for the soft ground and it’s paid off,” Lovett said.

“He is a very sound horse and will show up year in, year out, so the owners are having a great time.”

In other Australian Bloodstock news, Lovett suggested the highly promising Ironclad, who is trained by Will Clarken, is not far off a return.

Ironclad is undefeated in four Australian starts and was last seen winning the Golden Mile at Bendigo in March.

“He is probably a month off a run, but we are very pleased with the way he has come back and will look at some of those nice mile races,” he said.

Despite having vetted potential horses to target at the Melbourne Cup this year, Lovett said as they would be unlikely to pass the new industry measures his group would ‘probably not’ have any gallopers fly out this year.

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