European imports set for Caulfield debuts

Craig Brennan
Trainer David Hayes will unveil two European imports in benchmark races at the Caulfield meeting

Lindsay Park is set to unveil a couple of its latest Shadwell Stud European imports at Caulfield.

Senior Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes, and before him his father Colin, has had a long and rich history with imported Shadwell Stud horses including Melbourne Cup winners At Talaq and Jeune, Caulfield Cup winners Fraar and Tawqeet and Cox Plate winner Almaarad.

Hayes said the plan was to kick the pair off on Saturday to get an idea of their ability.

Fidaawy is set to run in the 1600m benchmark 90 handicap with Jaameh running over 2000m in benchmark 84 company with both having had 800m jump-outs at Flemington in recent weeks.

"I like them and I think they'll be quite progressive horses out here," Hayes said.

Both are five-year-olds and Hayes said like a lot of European horses that arrive from Shadwell Stud they haven't done a lot of racing.

Jaameh won three of his 16 starts for trainer Mark Johnston and was successful at Newmarket, Chester and Haydock over distances ranging from 2100m to 2800m.

Fidaawy proved a little sharper in Europe.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Fidaawy won four of his 12 starts at Doncaster, York and Carlisle over distances ranging from 1567m to 2385m.

"I think these are both decent horses so we'll see where they can get to," Hayes said.

"They're lightly raced like a lot of European horses can be and they're lightly rated.

"They might have a few runs to get their ratings up a bit, probably two or three, and then we'll reassess."

Jaameh, who has a rating in Australia of 78, is one of 39 entries in the 2000m event.

Lindsay Park also has Harlow Gold and Velox, both rated on 88, nominated.

Fidaawy is among 15 nominations for his race and with a rating of 89 will carry top weight when he lines up on Saturday.

The Will Clarken-trained Tatoosh, successful at his past four starts in Adelaide, is among the entries.