Nakauchida’s Golden Eagle hope Serifos is still grounded
Mitsu Nakauchida has Golden Eagle ambitions for Serifos but unless pandemic measures change to enable flights, there will not be any Japanese horses racing in Australia this spring.
Japan’s champion trainer Mitsu Nakauchida is holding on to a dissolving hope that Serifos might yet make the AU$10 million Golden Eagle line-up at Rosehill on October 29, but acknowledges the likely scenario is that he and his countrymen will not be represented at the Australian spring carnivals this year.
The problem for Japan’s horsemen is that there is not one scheduled flight option to transport race horses from Japan to Australia to compete in the lucrative Sydney and Melbourne contests.
Nakauchida has long had the Golden Eagle on his wish list and earmarked Grenadier Guards as a possible contender prior to that colt’s mediocre run at Royal Ascot. Serifos became the stable’s pick when he followed a first-up fourth in the G1 NHK Mile Cup with fourth in the G1 Yasuda Kinen, and that level of form would make him a prime contender for the 1500-metre Sydney feature.
“We were thinking Serifos to go to the Golden Eagle,” Nakauchida told the Report. “Unfortunately, we can’t go to Australia at the moment. We cannot organise a flight from Japan to Australia because of the Covid situation.”