Coolmore Pointing Boom Colt Caravaggio at The Everest
In our decision to take the positive route, we will avoid the issue surrounding former Goldolphin head trainer John O’Shea and his knowledge of lack thereof of the positive test result his horse Polemic returned for strangles, a contagious respiratory tract disease.
The entire issue seems to be best summed up as a sorry, one person’s word against another’s, with accusations flying back and forth and denials flying with equal speed.
Instead, we will abandon Goldolphin in favour of Coolmore.
That operation is targeting Caravaggio for the initial running of The Everest at Randwick on October 14, laying claim to the title of Australia’s richest turf race.
Caravaggio won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at England’s Royal Randwick and the three-year-old son of the USA’s Scat Daddy and Mekko Hokte has won on all six occasions on which he jumped, with four wins in Ireland and two in Great Britain. The Yanks could be proud of the colt’s lineage, but for the fact of a bit of Canadian and Irish blood that snuck in four and five generations back.
In the age of shuttle stallions, it is difficult to precisely assign nationality to horses. First, the horses care not. Second, in the case of Caravaggio, he was born in Kentucky but raised in Ireland, having never raced in the U.S. His trainer is Ireland’s A.P. O’Brien.
If there is a better definition of “international,” it would be hard to imagine what that definition would be.
Coolmore has a slot in The Everest. Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier, part owner of Caravaggio, indicated that the plan is to train him lightly in the Isles, and then bring him over closer to the time of the race, allowing time for acclimation, quarantine, and what not.
One of the most interesting aspects of The Everest is the delicious speculation of what may or may not be done on the part of Flemington and the VRC vis a vis the Melbourne Cup.
Will they let Racing NSW usurp the Australia’s richest title, or will they pony up and find another four or five million to up the ante?