Racing Victoria’s (RV) International Recruitment Officer Leigh Jordon has welcomed confirmation from connections that Japanese stayer Fame Game will make the trip to Australia for the 2015 BMW Caulfield Cup and Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The five-year-old son of Hearts Cry boasts form around a number of Japan’s top stayers, highlighted by a fast-finishing second placing behind the highly-rated Gold Ship in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho – Spring (3200m) at his most recent racetrack outing.
Jordon said he was delighted that the Japanese had made the decision to return to Melbourne and defend their Caulfield Cup title.
“We know just how impressive these Japanese stayers are, so it was fantastic to receive confirmation overnight from Sunday Racing co. that Fame Game would be contesting the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups,” Jordon said.
A dual-winner of the Grade 3 Diamond Stakes (3400m), Fame Game is prepared by trainer Yoshitada Munakata and will wear Sunday Racing co’s distinctive red, black and yellow silks, as worn by Japanese compatriot Delta Blues in his 2006 Melbourne Cup victory.
Fame Game has held a prominent position upon Jordon’s international wish list since his first Diamond Stakes wins in February 2014.
“On my trip to Japan last year I enquired about him but connections said he needed a year to mature, so it’s really exciting to hear he’s developed enough to be right for the trip,” Jordon said.
“A firm surface will definitely suit him and if you watch him in his races, he’s got a really good turn of foot which I think will definitely suit the races he’s targeting.”
Jordon also confirmed that champion Australian ex-pat Zac Purton, who piloted Admire Rakti to victory in last year’s Caulfield Cup, would take the ride on Fame Game this Spring.