Tulloch Lodge is keen to get their hands on latest Royal Ascot purchase with a view to the spring

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable is eagerly awaiting the arrival of their latest international stable addition Military Mission – which put up a solid showing during this year’s Royal Ascot carnival.

Waterhouse and Bott, via international bloodstock agent Johnny McKeever, secured the Northern Hemisphere-bred three-year-old son of Mastercraftsman at the Goffs London Sale, on the Monday leading into the famous racing carnival.

Trained by Hugo Palmer, Military Mission won once from his seven UK starts, placed on another four occasions and cost his new owners £170,000 (approximately $315,000).

“Purchased on the Monday night and he ran a nice fifth in the King George V Stakes on the Thursday when he didn’t have the best of luck,” Bott said.

“It was a good experience for the owners that went into him, staying up late with the top hats on watching their runner at Royal Ascot.”

King George V Stakes replay: Military Mission racing in cream and red quarters.

From way back! Surefire and @HectorCrouch win the King George V Stakes for @RalphBeckett!#RoyalAscotpic.twitter.com/zXlSEEMloa

Military Mission is currently preparing for his flight to his new home in Australia where upon arrival the gelding will do the standard stint in quarantine in Australia’s Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham, Victoria.

“He’s on the next shipment out here in the coming weeks,” Bott said.

“Because he’s not waiting for the carnival shipments that come out in September and October he won’t be in work when doing his quarantine stint in Australia so he will lose a few weeks there but we’ll probably bring him straight into Tulloch Lodge.

“That gives us enough time to hopefully have him up and going in the spring at some point.

“Probably later in the carnival but we’ll let him tell us when he’s ready once he gets here.”

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott at Randwick trackwork. Photo: Tim Hunter.Source:News Corp Australia

Bott said Military Mission is something of a staying blank canvas with plenty of options ahead.

“The King George has proved a good Australian future form race over the years. Cross Counter finished fourth in the race the year he won the Melbourne Cup,” he said.

“He’s a progressive staying type of horse that comes here with plenty of upside so it’s going to be exciting to get him here.

“He hasn’t been too exposed and wee can take our time with him. We know he’s effective over 2000 to 2400 metres so there’s plenty of nice options for him.”

Originally published asTulloch Lodge keen on latest Royal Ascot purchase

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