Richard Klimek, who is also a cricket veteran, together with his business partner, Rishi Wijay are bolting up overseas as syndicators and racehorse owners. The local ownership group has had a treble achievement as they landed on a double feature win in France and England over the weekend and now in Australia. Klimek, who owns Divorce Lawyers Perth, is a prominent stakeholder in one of the highly reputed Perth racing business’s.
The duo source racing horses in Europe with the objective of acquiring Melbourne Cup runners. One of their greatest achievement was in 2008 in Australia when they came close to winning. During that competition, their game grey Bauer was narrowly beaten by Bart Cummings.’
Two of their horses hit news Europe this weekend as they emerge winners in two different categories. And while the 3-year-old filly Araaja who won the 1,900 Metre handicap race in France at Bordeaux and the 4-year-old gelding Fastnet Tempest who took the 1,500 Metre handicap title at England are not likely to be the best cup candidates, a consideration for one or either is undoubtedly on the agenda.
The later horse, Fastnet Tempest, who is also a son of Fastnet Rock, has recently made two wins on the spin. Besides that, out of his five starts, he managed to win three, the latest being the win at Chester.
These are some of the stats that make Henderson think that the 4-year-old horse will board the plane to Australia to race at big horseracing events at Flemington and one being at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Other targets in the spring include Emirates (or the 1600-metres Cantala Stakes and the 2000-metres Mackinnon Stakes) and a group-one Handicap.
Araaja is a sister horse to Tom Melbourne, who was bought and imported a couple of years ago by OTI. After starting her Australian career with the likes of Freedman, the new entrant has now joined stable Chris Waller. Some of her targets include the Prix de Diane and the French Oaks. Although not regarded as a cups type, she may race Down Under at some stage.
Fastnet Tempest has the highest stakes and Henderson applause it for its excellent race despite the fact that he started late in many occasions. Willam Haggas, who is Fastnet’ trainer, has also praised him for being a leading contender for the Royal Hunt Cup. The trainer further explains that there is a high possibility that he will win the 2000 metres race at the Flemington carnival.
The Royal Hunt Cup, if did not know, is one of the biggest and probably the leading handicaps in Europe. Typically, it attracts a field of thirty or even more than the 1600-metre square at the Royal Ascot meeting.
The probability of Fastnet Tempest appearing in Melbourne will be enhanced significantly if the trainer chooses to target Dal Harraild, another excellent horse, for the Melbourne Cup finals slated for sometime later this year.
Dar Harraild is a no joke horse and a tough racer who has won several titles in the over 2800 meters category. Another outstanding horse running for distances between 2000 and 2800 meters is Haggas’s stayer, who has managed to win five times in only twelve starts.
Klimek and Wijay’s third major winner of the weekend the ingenious Darren Weir-trained Revew. Darren scored several points in the Australian Hurdle on Saturday.