Rocket Man has been confirmed as a definite starter in the Group 1 Sprinter’s Stakes in Japan on October 2.
Owner Fred Crabbia verified that the talented Rocket Man would go to the $A 2.3 million race at Nakayama in the hope of taking on Australia’s super mare Black Caviar.
Peter Moody has already earmarked Black Caviar for an overseas campaign that includes Japan, with rumours circling that she will compete in the Sprinter’s Stakes.
Rocket Man and Black Caviar will then line up for the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic in November.
The race will be Rocket Man’s first 1200 metres on the straight track.
Mr Crabbia is eager for a match race between Rocket Man and the world’s best rated sprinter to take place.
“We are going to Japan because we were told that Black Caviar was going there so we wanted to go there,” Mr Crabbia said.
“But the other race is obviously the Patinack in Australia.”
However, with current quarantine issues hanging over Australian racing, the problems will need to be solved before Rocket Man can compete.
“We are definitely on the go for that and in early August we will talk to them about the quarantine situation and if that is all okay we are definitely going to go,” Mr Crabbia said.
“If that happens we are going to be there.”
Mr Crabbia has had the pleasure of owning a number of successful race horses as well as Rocket Man.
“It has been unbelievable,” he said.
“I have just been very lucky, it is just one of those things that I have been very luck with horses and I am enjoying it.
“At the end of the day when you stop enjoying it you stop the game, but at the moment it is beautiful, and it not just because of the winners.
“We went through a long hard time in the early stages and now everything is falling into place.”
Mr Crabbia’s luck continued when his co-owned Australian-bred Magic Albert gelding Fighting Warrior won a Group 1 in South Africa last weekend.
Trainer Ivan Moore was thrilled with the result.
“He is a good horse and I am very happy that Mr Crabbia and Mr Williams sent the horse over to me,” Mr Moore said.
“He has a wonderful temperament and it was like David against Goliath and we came through.
“I was quietly confident when I nominated this horse.
“I thought he would run a fantastic race.
“He took a bit of time to get going. In his work I was quietly confident but I was a bit worried when we turned for home flat footed.
“Going through the 250m he changed his legs and you could feel him starting to unwind and I thought I can grab them now.”
While Crabbia continues to race horses in South Africa, Rocket Man remains in his home stables in Singapore where he is having a short spell after winning the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint on May 22.