American Stayer Set For Melbourne Cup

In-form American stayer Tacit Agreement has been purchased to target this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Tacit Agreement, a six-year-old gelding by Unbridled, is a winner of his last three races in the USA by a combined margin of over 30 lengths.

The big gelding, standing over 17 hands, has been bought by an international syndicate headed by Jon Haseler, the owner of Australian stud farm Glenlogan Park, US-based Carondelet Farm, and top Melbourne-based trainer Danny O’Brien.

The deal was brokered by David Bernsen of Carondelet Farm with the assistance of John Stuart of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, and Australian bloodstock agent Robert Roulston.

“It is obvious that Tacit Agreement has come very, very good. In fact, he is almost freakishly good who runs like a jet airplane taking off – he just picks up momentum the farther they go,” Roulston said.

“He is a pure stayer and with limited staying race opportunities in America, here in Australia he will be able to run for a couple of years for big money with the first target being the Melbourne Cup.”

“The horse will come to Australia aboard the same plane that brings Anamato back after her run in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park. He will clear quarantine and be in Danny O’Brien’s barn at Flemington on August 17 and should have a couple of prep races leading into the Melbourne Cup.”

Since winning America’s only two-mile race last year, the $250,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Marathon Handicap by seven lengths to pass the Melbourne Cup balloting clause, Tacit Agreement has posted four more impressive stakes wins at the Fair Grounds and Calder including his last three by 10 ½ lengths on May 5th, 15 lengths on May 19th, and 6 ½ lengths on June 9.

Roulston said that while Tacit Agreement will run in the Glenlogan Park silks, the group will be bringing in several other partners into the syndicate from both Australia and the United States.