FORM HORSE: Craig Williams riding Admire Deus during a trackwork session at Werribee
FORM HORSE: Craig Williams riding Admire Deus during a trackwork session at Werribee Vince Caligiuri

Plenty to admire in Japanese Cup raider

RACING: Fresh off a two-state feature double and Everest placing, the prominent black and blue colours of Australian Bloodstock are set to be a key player in this week's Caulfield Cup with Japanese raider Admire Deus.

Australian Bloodstock director Luke Murrell regards Admire Deus as "the best credentialed horse ever to leave Japan" and he's an $8.50 Caulfield Cup chance with UBET.

Now trained by Darren Weir, Admire Deus' most recent effort was a close-up fourth to Japanese superstar Kitasan Black in the prestigious Tenno Sho.

"We bought him after the Tenno Sho. They ran some amazing figures in that race," Murrell said.

"We had been eyeing him off for 18 months. There's a lot of them over there on the wish list but probably unlikely. He was one of them, but thankfully it came off.

"To be frank I think his Japanese form is far superior to (2014 Caulfield Cup winner) Admire Rakti.

"His work in quarantine has been exceptional and the old track watchers at Caulfield were raving about him (after he worked there Saturday morning), so we're pretty confident."

Last Saturday, Australian Bloodstock won the Toorak with Cox Plate-bound Tosen Stardom, the $500,000 St Leger in Sydney with Big Duke and finished third in the Everest with Brave Smash.

Murrell is confident Tosen Stardom deserves his spot in the weight for age championship.

"He's actually a good 2000m horse and I really think he can run a place," he said.

Murrell believes Big Duke, who runs next in the Moonee Valley Cup, is capable of a top-five finish in next month's Melbourne Cup, where they will also have the highly rated Red Cardinal.

Nathan Exelby

News Corp Australia

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