Australian Bloodstock have added more star power to their spring arsenal with Coventry Stakes winner Berkshire Shadow set to join Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
The purchase went through on Thursday for the Andrew Balding-trained gelding, who won his first two races this year before placing third in the Lockinge Stakes and fifth in the Queen Anne Stakes.
The four-year-old will arrive in mid-September on the same flight as the group’s other high-profile acquisition New Energy and fellow stablemate Light Infantry, both horses he has beaten.
“Very rarely do the calibre of these horses come here and that’s why we are a little bit excited,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell said of Berkshire Shadow and New Energy’s pending arrival.
“To be able to get two in a season, you obviously still need all the luck in the world, but they are really really hard to find anywhere in the world.
“He is still a borderline Group 1 horse over there.
“That’s why we are hoping he can come here and be that dominant Group 1 weight-for-age horse.”
Berkshire Shadow has not been tested beyond a mile with he and New Energy likely to clash first-up in the new $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 14.
“We are going to target the Kings Charles for big money and maybe look to split them up after that,” Murrell revealed.
“Both horses long term, we really want to win that All-Star Mile again, so hopefully all going well they will get into that.
“He might be like Brave Smash in that 1400-1600m range.
“The positive is Berkshire Shadow can go forward or back and he has got a turn of foot like Top Ranked who unfortunately we never saw the best of.
“Outside his last run, which they put down to a low-grade virus, he vetted clear and is super consistent and has been racing the best milers up there.”
Berkshire Shadow joins a growing list of imports set to arrive for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace this spring which also including Zoology and Saint George.