WARRNAMBOOL trainer Aaron Purcell will look to add to his enviable strike rate with European recruits after the win of Guizot at Caulfield on Saturday.
Purcell has instructed respected English bloodstock agent Anthony Bromley to hunt high and low across Europe in a bid to find a jumper and a flat horse that would be suitable for racing in Australia.
Twelve horses that Purcell has imported from overseas have won for the Group 1-winning trainer.
"I gave Anthony a call on Thursday about purchasing another two horses from Europe," he said.
"Anthony knows what type of horses that suit our racing and what we are looking for. Our record with imported horses speaks for itself.
"Twelve of the 14 horses that we've imported have won for us and one of those is Guizot.
"We've had a great run with the imports and a lot of our success is due to the hard work put in by Anthony. He's got a great eye for selecting a horse.
"We put a lot of time and effort into selecting the horses with the assistance of Anthony."
Purcell is expecting each horse will cost close to $200,000 to bring to Warrnambool.
"There are a few costs to bringing horses from overseas and they all add up," the Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase-winning trainer said.
"The costs include the purchase price of the horse plus insurance, commissions and quarantine costs - I don't think there will be much change out of $200,000.
"We've got some loyal owners who have been in the ownership of our successful imported gallopers and they have indicated they will take shares in the two new horses."
Purcell's list of imported winners includes Val Mondo, Swacadelic, Initator and St Jean.
Guizot took his wins in Australia to six with his victory over He Ekscels and Kazio. He has earnt nearly $400,000 for his connections.
FUTURE racing plans for tough Warrnambool jumper Gold Medals will be finalised by his trainer Symon Wilde later this week.
Gold Medals, who put in gallant efforts to finish second in the Brierly and Grand Annual Steeplechase this month may head to the spelling paddock or could be targetted towards the Australian Steeplechase.
"I'll have a clearer idea by the end of the week what we're doing with Gold Medals," Wilde said.
"We gave him a few days break after running in the Brierly and the Grand Annual. He's bounced back pretty well.
"He's got a good record in the Australian Steeplechase having run first and second in the last two years.
"We'll just weigh up our options before deciding, but I'm always mindful of having a crack at the Grand Annual again next year."
Gold Medals won the Brierly-Grand Annual double in 2018.
Meanwhile, Wilde predicts a bright future for Shamal Lass, a maiden winner at her third start on Saturday, and Vassa Blue who won at Ballarat on Sunday.
"There's plenty of upside to both Shamal Lass and Vassa Blue," he said.
"Shamal Lass put the writing on the board for a win after an excellent run at the Warrnambool Carnival.
"I thought she was a bit unlucky at the carnival, while Vassa Blue deserved a win after running well at the carnival. I'm quietly confident both horses will run through their grades."
Ginny Ann, an impressive debut winner at the Warrnambool Carnival for Wilde could line up in a $150,000 two-year-old race at Morphettville on Saturday.
FORMER Tony McEvoy-trained galloper Super Haze will run in a maiden hurdle at Hamilton on Thursday for Warrnambool trainer Simon Ryan after a second placing in the Mount Gambier Cup last Friday.
Super Haze has had four starts for Ryan, resulting in minor placings on three occasions.
"I thought it was a very good run in the Mount Gambier Cup," the underrated trainer said.
"He's run second on two occasions in hurdle races at Warrnambool and Hamilton for me. He's ready to win a maiden hurdle race. He's very fit and likes wet tracks and I think he'll be hard to beat."
From his 36 starts, Super Haze has won six races.
TAKSU, trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, showed he will soon break his maiden status after an eye-catching run over 1350 metres at Donald on Saturday.
The lightly raced three-year-old finished in third place behind Shamal Lass but his effort came under the notice of the stewards.
The stewards report in part reads: Taksu over-raced in the early stages. He shifted out passing the 1100 metre mark and bumped Cold Beers placing him in an awkward position. He was badly held up near the 400 metre mark and didn't obtain clear running until approaching the 200 metres.
Stewards questioned jockey Dylan Dunn, who said he had been instructed to settle the horse with cover and in the early stages Taksu settled in a position just behind the leaders. Dunn added that the gelding started to over-race considerably, and as the runner to his outside was racing in advance of him, he was unable to shift to a three-wide position and was thereby awkwardly placed on heels for some distance.
Dunn further stated that approaching the home turn, when continuing to race keenly, he was unable to shift wider as he did not think he would be able to restrain it around heels at this stage. Therefore, he elected to look for clear running to the inside.
The young jockey said he was unable to do so and was caught behind the tiring Copthorne until near the 200m.
Taksu will start a short-priced favourite in similar company next time and, going on his effort at Donald, he will be hard to beat.