Sun Met hero Whisky Baron jets out to Mauritius this morning. He will race in England later in the year but his principal target is the richest race in Hong Kong in December.
The four-year-old will complete his initial three-month quarantine in the second half of June and he then has to do a further month in Britain before he is allowed to race or go overseas.
Brett Crawford said: “It’s a long road to travel and so much has to go right. But, if it does, the plan is to prep him in England for the 2 000m race in Hong Kong.”
The Longines Hong Kong Cup on December 10 carries a total stake of HK$ 25 million, or R41 million, making it the richest race in the territory.
Ridgemont manager Craig Carey said: “It’s an invitation race and what happens is that you first enter your horse for it and then, if they are satisfied, you receive an invitation to run.”
Carey added: “Dubai next year is up in the air but he could well run there too if he is well, the races are suitable and Brett is happy with him.”
The Australian-bred Whisky Baron, owned by Craig and Ross Kieswetter and named after their father Wayne, is unbeaten in five starts since being gelded in the middle of last year.
G3 - The Bet365 Classic Trial (class 1)
G3 - The Bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (class 1)
G2 - The Bet365 Mile (class 1)
TG1 - Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hdle
Grade A - Punchestown Novice H'cap Chase