“He is perhaps the highest profile horse to come to Australia from over there and it was interesting the support he had in Japan,” ATC general manager of international and wagering James Ross said.
“Danon Premium has shown the appetite Japanese racing fans have for supporting their runners in international races and we hope this participation continues in the next few years.”
The ATC gets a percentage of the money bet on the meeting, which will help its bottom line after having to hold the meetings without crowds due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Queen Elizabeth result, where internationals ran first and third, showed Ross had recruited high-end talent and he hopes it will encourage more horses from throughout the world to come to the carnival next year.
“The Australian Turf Club has built very strong relationships with jurisdictions across the world in Hong Kong, Japan and the UK,” Ross said.
“It was encouraging to see this with wagering on international runners over the past few weeks while we have been able to continue to race in Sydney.
“The presence of internationally trained runners during the Sydney autumn clearly illustrates how valuable this can be to races such as the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.”
Danon Premium returns to Japan on Monday and his connections have group 1 ambitions later in the year at home.
The William Haggas pair, Addeybb and unplaced Sydney Cup favourite Young Rascal, have yet to have their travel plans finalised due to the limited number of flights available during the coronavirus crisis.
Addeybb will certainly return to Newmarket as Haggas is planning another shot at the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October, a race in which he was runner-up to Magical last year. He is already a Royal Ascot winner and returns to the UK as two-time group 1 winner in the Ranvet Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and is more likely to get his preferred soft ground in October.
Young Rascal could stay in Australia and be set for the Melbourne Cup where he would get an attractive weight being only a group 3 winner from the Manion Cup last month.
Meanwhile, Addeybb’s jockey, Tom Marquand, and strapper Safid Alam were fined $2000 and $500 respectively by Racing NSW stewards on Wednesday for a celebratory hug after the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
It breached the COVID-19 biosecurity protocols and came after Gai Waterhouse’s foreman, Neil Paine, was suspended for a month for his celebrations following Farnan’s Golden Slipper victory.
Marquand and Alam pleaded guilty to failing to follow a stewards’ direction and showed contrition for the spur-of-the-moment act.
“We take these protocols very seriously and there will be no leniency for those who break them,” Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel said.
Stewards also sought medical advice as to whether Marquand should be stood down from riding. However, with either man showing any symptoms of COVID-19, they were comfortable to allow him to continued riding.
Marquand will return to England after a successful stint in Australia following Saturday’s All Aged Stakes meeting.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald