Sir Patrick Hogan shows the barrier he made to the Zacada in the Melbourne Cup.
Legendary Kiwi horse breeder Sir Patrick Hogan accused the Melbourne Cup organizers of extending the red carpet and "hitching" the horses abroad, but warned that more was needed than ever, given the terminal state of the Australasia.
Hogan, who has created seven Melbourne Cup winners at Cambridge Stud, will compete for the $ 7.3 million ($ 7.9 million) Australian Flemington team as one of Zacada's owners.
A record 11 horses trained for the northern hemisphere make up this year's Cup field, 25 years after the Irish player Vintage Crop became the first international to win the Melbourne Cup. The first four lines of betting for the race were occupied by foreign horses on Monday.
Hogan carved his rearing empire in the backs of super stallions Zabeel, who spawned Zacada as well as Sir Tristram and lamented the lack of emergent permanent farms in Australia and New Zealand.
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But he resented the ease with which horses can qualify for the Melbourne Cup in races on the other side of the world, as locally-trained raiders find it increasingly difficult to get on the field.
Asked about the internationalization of the Melbourne Cup, Hogan said: "I think it's the right thing. I think if we were putting 24 horses for a Melbourne Cup today in New Zealand and Australia, it would not be a very big field." That is my opinion: we are without the number of New Zealand residents we usually reproduce or create.
"The only criticism with the international horses is that they are very easy to enter the race, they win qualifying races in the Northern Hemisphere – and I think some of those races that qualify for entry into the Melbourne Cup are no better." than breeds that are held in Australia and New Zealand that do not qualify [horses]. They are very easy to assemble.
"I think the reason for that is the marketing and the promotion of the race. I think they have an unfair advantage. [But] in no way do I think they should not come here because, for me, they contribute to the race. "
Victoria Racing Club president Amanda Elliott told Fairfax Media last week that the introduction of a race exempt from extra voting for the Melbourne Cup would be presented at Flemington in the near future.
It will be a comfort to the owners of horses that predominate in Australia and New Zealand. Bart Cummings and Lexus Stakes, the latter defeated by A Prince Of Arran on Saturday, are the two main qualifying races played during the preparation of the Melbourne Cup.
"Until Australia and New Zealand can create the same quality of stayer, this is a fact of life and we are excited about it," said Elliott on the internationalization of the Melbourne Cup. "It has made our race immensely better. the wonderful touch of disadvantage. "
Sydney Cup runner-up Zacada is classified as a stranger of $ 67 with New Zealand TAB.
Zacada is just the third horse Hogan has to start in the Melbourne Cup.
His last runner was Bart Cummings' former iron horse, Precedence, in which he ran with the four-time Melbourne Cup winner, Dato Tan Chin Nam. Chin Nam died last month at the age of 92.
Precedence's last victory in the Melbourne Cup was the sixth place behind Protectionist in 2014, when Cummings and grandson James were in partnership. James will prepare Avilius, property of Godolphin, considered the best chance of an Australian horse to repel the overseas contingent.
"He's a young guy who has matured so well so quickly," Hogan said of Cummings after pulling the barrier to Zacada. "He is doing a fantastic job with the stable that is now running for the Arabs. I think the horse he has there has a great chance.
"[But] I do not want to talk about any horse other than mine. I had a great race with the Melbourne Cup, but I never had a winner as an owner.
"The only thing I'll say if we can score in the race behind the favorite [Yucatan] who designed 23 and got it [who knows]. We know [Zacada] can run two miles and the other can suffocate. "