The famous blue and black and white checks of the Australian Bloodstock silks had their time in the sun this spring with a handful of feature race wins making it the team’s most successful carnival so far, from a prizemoney perspective.
Speaking to Racing.com the day after Japanese import Tosen Stardom won his second Group 1 for the season in the $2million Emirates Stakes, Managing Director Jamie Lovett said these moments are what it’s all about for the owners and the company itself.
“Weekends like this certainly don’t hurt,” Lovett said on Sunday.
“We get judged by our results, our colours are our brand and having days like these [is what it’s all about].
“It goes without saying as far as prizemoney is concerned, it is our best carnival and it’s just awesome for the owners.
“For us buying horses in Europe and now in Japan, bringing them across to Australia the expectations are high and we are judged by results.
“On the back of this carnival we have confidence, we got results with the horses we had high hopes for and they got the job done.
This spring carnival, Tosen Stardom provided the company with two Group 1 victories (the Toorak Handicap and the Emirates Stakes), Brave Smash placed third in The Everest on the same day Big Duke won the time-honoured St Leger and Australian Bloodstock saddled two runners in the Melbourne Cup, with Big Duke finishing in fourth position.
But along with the highs and jubilation of a successful spring, Lovett admitted the absolute lows were experienced with prized Japanese import Admire Deus breaking down just days before the Caulfield Cup.
“It’s just the reality of the game we are in and a prime example of that was having such a blue-chip day winning two great races on Caulfield Guineas day [Toorak Handicap and the St Leger at Randwick], and just two days later you’re at rock bottom,” said Lovett.
“It was just devastating for the horse and for the connections.
“When you do have a good day you have got to make the most of it because you never know what is around the corner.”
Unfortunately Admire Deus is still on a ‘day-by-day basis’ with Lovett explaining there have been some setbacks.
“He is on life support basically, he was operated on a few weeks ago but has been under the knife twice again since then [due to some other issues].
“They are working on a day by day basis … he is not in a good way at all but we are doing everything we can.
“A decision will be made in the next couple of weeks, he needs to start showing improvement.”
While Admire Deus’ future remains unsure, a new wave of Australian Bloodstock racehorses have hit the various stables of the Darren Weir operation.
“Red Cardinal is out at Warrnambool with Darren [Weir] now, he felt the firm track in the Melbourne Cup [where he finished 11th] so there’s just no rush to get him right, but the likely cut out of the tracks in Sydney autumn would mean the BMW and Sydney Cup are his main targets.
“Darren was suggesting the Ballarat Cup [on November 25th] might be next for Mr Garcia [who won impressively on Oaks Day].
“Andreas [German trainer Andreas Wohler] really liked this horse, he hasn’t done a lot of racing and in the autumn, he might be a Doncaster horse.
“Sixties Groove is another import [who was previously trained by Andreas Wohler], he could turn into a Sydney Cup horse in the autumn.
“Then there’s another five horses similar to Plein Ciel when he arrived here, lightly raced two-and-three-start horses with a low benchmark who can go through the grades.