The horse Mustajeer racing, photo by Martin Lynch

Mustajeer (Image: Martin Lynch)

Irish horse bought for Cups

Australian Bloodstock has purchased a recent Irish Group 1 placegetter with the intention of running the horse in this year's Caulfield and Lexus Melbourne Cups.

The syndication group has acquired Mustajeer, a six-year-old Medicean gelding to Northern Hemisphere time. He will contest the £1 million (A$1.8m) Ebor Handicap (2785m) at York on August 24 before departing the stables of Ger Lyons and joining Kris Lees.

"Ger has a big team in Ireland and wanted to run him in the Group 1 Irish St Leger," Australian Bloodstock co-director Luke Murell said in a statement.

"But for us the Caulfield Cup is worth $5m against the (Irish) St Leger (which is) $800,000 so it was a no-brainer to head that way and obviously the Caulfield Cup is a good platform for the Melbourne Cup."

Mustajeer finished third of five runners, beaten 11.75 lengths by Magical, in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (2100m) at the Curragh on May 26.

His only run since saw him finish fifth in the G2 Curragh Cup (2816m) on June 28, 3.5 lengths behind the winner Twilight Payment, with the Lloyd Williams-owned Latrobe as runner-up.

"We have bought him as we feel he is a genuine top-five and winning chance for the Cups," Murrell said.

"Those Irish horses are the best stayers in the world and I have loved some of the things he has done this year, it's been hidden in his data but it certainly says he is in career-best form.

"With the Caulfield Cup only eight or nine weeks away if he drew well I think he is a horse they all have to beat in a race like that.

"Melbourne Cup-wise he relaxes and if he could use his big turn of foot then he has to be a top-four or five hope."

Australian Bloodstock are assembling a big team of 'imports' ahead of the Melbourne Spring Carnival with the likes of Danceteria, Chief Ironside and Torcedor all likely to feature in Group 1 events.