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Australian Bloodstock's Jamie Lovett has sent a warning to punters looking to launch into the price available for his latest star import Almania.
The five-year-old, who will make his Australian debut on Saturday, brings some incredibly strong form lines to the Very Special Kids Pin and Win Trophy (2000m), having competed against the likes of Enable back in England.
"We ran him in some better races over there, but he's got a fairly low mark here," Lovett said.
"It's obviously a good kick-off race for him. It's obviously short of his best trip.
"That (his best form) is out a mile-and-a-half and beyond, 2000m probably isn't his go.
"He has certainly come up a bit short in the market for mine, but he should run well.
"We will keep him ticking over, find a race for him during the summer months and then back off. He might be a nice horse for the winter next year.
"We will just see how he performs. It will give us a better guide as to where he fits in."
Lovett did say, however, that he's happy with how the horse has settled into Australia.
Hugh Bowman has been booked to ride Almania from barrier 11. He will carry 61kg.
"He will go back. He will be struggling to keep up, I reckon," Lovett said.
"He's coming out of those 2800-metre races. I'd be shocked (if he's got enough speed to go forward).
"Even at Royal Ascot in a 3000-metre race he was out the back."
MEANWHILE, Lovett is confident Mugatoo can make his presence felt in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday.
The six-year-old finished fourth behind Sir Dragonet in the Cox Plate and Lovett said connections were thrilled with how the gelding came through that run.
He expected Mugatoo, a $5.50 hope, to be competitive again.
"We looked for a reason not to run him, but he's really pleased since the Cox Plate," Lovett said.
"If he can get his toe in (to the track) then he's a live chance.
"The first three in front of him (from the Cox Plate) aren't there, so I think him and the Bob Peters mare (Arcadia Queen) are the ones to beat."