Connections of Spanish Mission are more Concerned about the prospect of Earth than the quality of the opposition ahead of Their $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont.
The David Simcock-trained three-year-old heads to America this weekend next week to the St Leger.
He won a trial that was prominent when impressing in the Bahrain Trophy, however his owners, the Team Valor and Earle Mack, have decided to skip Doncaster.
“There is rain in the forecast for a couple days, and who knows whether (Hurricane) Dorian will come up the coast. Long Island is the coast,” Team Valor’s Barry Irwin told www.bloodhorse.com.
“The weather is big concern. The horse contrary to also the terms and the contest, we feel very good.
“Even though he has run a mile and a half and more, he’s a versatile horse.
“If he won his final race(Jamie Spencer) told us,’do not just think he is a stayer – today it would not have mattered what the space was’.”
Whatever the result at Belmont, the Melbourne Cup is already looming large on the horizon.
“With horses by Noble Mission, a lot of them seem like the old they get, the better they could get. This coach was telling me from day one no matter what he does this year, Spanish Mission will probably be better and even better that the year then,” said Irwin.
“We’re taking a look at a horse we could campaign until he’s at least five, with this huge race in Australia in your mind. One of our plans is that we expect he could be a Melbourne Cup horse, which can be really a race Earle and I would like to win.
“He can run in it five or five, but if he continues to improve, he could do it .”