Rising Sydney trainer Sam Kavanagh has purchased European-trained galloper Tales Of Grimm and is eyeing the 2014 Villiers Stakes with the Group 3 placegetter.
Tales Of Grimm was trained in the United Kingdom by Richard Fahey, but he was purchased by Kavanagh at the Tattersalls July Sale for 75,000 Guineas and he will arrive in Australia in the next few weeks.
The Distorted Humor gelding has only recorded two wins from his 16 race starts, but he raced at black type level throughout his racing career in Europe and was placed at Group level in the Darley Stakes at Newmarket in October last year.
Kavanagh told Racing Ahead that he believes Tales Of Grimm is well-placed to progress through the grades in Australia, but he will not be thrown in the deep end during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
“We are very excited,” Kavanagh said.
“We obviously don’t have the huge budget to go out and buy horses for the Melbourne Cup, but we are focusing on buying real nice handicappers that come to Australia with a big relief in the handicap.
“We had a bit of success with Midsummer Sun and now we are looking forward to the new one Tales Of Grimm.
“We just found that these horses, if they have only won handicaps in Europe and haven’t won at Stakes level there is a massive ratings relief.
“That is based on the fact that there prizemoney is a long way below ours and a horse like Tales Of Grimm competed off a 105 only three weeks ago in the Royal Hunt Cup, which is basically Europe’s equivalent of a Doncaster at Royal Ascot.
“He carried 59 and a half kilos and got beaten by three lengths, but he comes to Australia and drops significantly to about 82.
“He comes here and slots into the benchmark system really well and he is really well placed to pick up a few races.”
Kavanagh said that Tales Of Grimm would likely make his Australian racing debut at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week and could be set for the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on December 13.
The winner of the Villiers Stakes receives ballot-exempt entry into the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) that is held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and Kavanagh said that he would love to see Tales Of Grimm get into the race with a light weight on his back, but is simply looking to win some races with the imported galloper.
“He could be a chance for something like the Villiers at the end of the spring,” Kavanagh said.
“He has good form when there is a little bit of cut out of the ground and he has great form at a mile to 1800 metres.
“I always find with the Europeans that they get better with their second prep, so we won’t push him too hard in the spring and he will probably run Melbourne Cup week and then we will head towards the Villiers.
“His main aim in the autumn would be the Doncaster and hopefully he could sneak in with a light weight.
“The most important thing to our clients is to try and get the money back into their pockets, get him to the races and win a race.
“If he can sneak into one of those big races down the track that would be a bonus.”