Melbourne: German St Leger winner Val Mondo being aimed at CupPICTURE: Tony Feder/Getty Images
German St Leger winner up for Melbourne Cup
Australia: German St Leger winner Val Mondo will join young Victorian trainer Aaron Purcell at Warrnambool for a Melbourne Cup preparation.
Val Mondo will join Purcell's team at the end of May after he completed the purchase of the Lando five-year-old late last week as a a result of his friendship with Venetia Williams.
Purcell has kept in contact with Williams, who has trained Val Mondo since last year, since he took the 2008 Grand Annual Steeple winner Ginolad to England in 2010.
"Val Mondo is qualified to run in this year's Melbourne Cup because he had won the 2010 German St Leger," Purcell told the Warrnambool Standard.
"He's lightly raced and looks to have everything in front of him. He's run in nine stakes races and won one and been placed three times. Venetia has described him as being not over big but very athletic.
"He will come out of quarantine at the end of May and I'll put him straight into work with this year's Melbourne Cup as his main aim. He's a multi-purpose type of horse. He is very good on the Flat and can jump which is a bonus."
Purcell is hoping to make a big impact with importsthis year as the former Alan King-trained hurdler Dhaafer arrived at his stables last week to be prepared for the Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase in May.
Dhaafer won one of his 11 British jump starts and is regarded by the trainer as the right type for the Grand Annual.
"He's a sound horse," Purcell said. "We'll also want to run him in the Grand National Steeplechase at Sandown in July as his best form is over the long distances."