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Hungary's Winx Equivalent Imported to Australia
In a quest to win the Melbourne Cup, Grant Bloodstock has acquired and imported Hungarian wonder horse Nancho (Tai Chi). The Horse Of The Year in Hungary is the winner of 11 of 18 career starts, becoming a Gr1 winner in Germany against high class international opposition, in so doing coming to the attention of leading trainer Anthony Cummings and, subsequently, Steve Grant and Ken Lowe. Hungarian hero Nancho, by Group 1-placed stakes-winning High Chaparral son Tai Chi, is a world class stayer with a decidedly German pedigree. With three Melbourne Cup winners – Almandin, Fiorente and Protectionist were all by German stallion Monsun, also sire of Nancho's grandam Nostalgia. Before being purchased by Grant Bloodstock and partners, Nancho had built up a stellar race record, winning the last European Gr1 race of 2019, the Munich Grosser Preis von Bayern, with two of the next three home winning in English black-type races next up. Cummings noted, "I feel I've got a decent chance of winning a big race in the Spring with Nancho, hopefully it will be the Melbourne Cup. He looks the right type of horse, with a superb race record which sees him fully qualified for the Cup and likely to get a weight that will guarantee a start." Steve Grant said, "Of course, it's the Melbourne Cup we would really love to win. We had to move quickly to secure the horse in order to get him to Australia during the Covid19 shutdown, so in that process a couple of the shareholders have ended up holding larger than normal number of shares; it might be that some shares may become available as the horse prepares for his first Australian campaign."