breaking Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien is a step closer to having his first Australian
runner after nominating a horse for October's Group One WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Bach, an Irish bred five-year-old by Caerleon, is one of 23
international entries for the weight-for-age event.
O'Brien, who is dominating European racing as much as Gai
Waterhouse does in the Harbour City, has never had a horse run in Australia, but the lure
of millions of dollars of prizemoney and a leg of the World Racing Series could see the
relative youngster of the sport head down under.
Bred in partnership by the Sangster family's Swettenham
Stud, Bach is the winner of six of his 21 starts at tracks including Leopardstown,
Goodwood, the Curragh, Belmont and Ascot.
The entire's owners, Satish Sanan and Susan Magnier, will
be hoping the gelding performs better than his last main adventure overseas.
Last December the 200,000Irgns purchase ran last of
fourteen on the Interntional Race Day at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.
Bach, who won his first three career starts back in 1999
and 2000, has been ridden through much of his career by champion Irish jockey Michael
Kinane, someone who knows what it takes to win a big race in Australia.