French Classic winner Olmedo to continue his career in Australia with Maher Eustace
French Classic winner Olmedo is set to continue his career in Australia for training partners Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
Olmedo has been sold by co-owners Gerard Augustin-Normand and Antonio Caro with Ciaron Maher Racing confirming their acquisition to Racing.com on Wednesday.
The Northern Hemisphere four-year-old entire is currently in England ahead of relocation to Australia.
Olmedo was one of the brightest prospects in European racing when winning the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) – also known as the French 2000 Guineas – at ParisLongchamp in May 2018.
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However his stocks plummeted after two uncharacteristically poor performances in the following two months. Olmedo ran thirteenth in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) – also known as the French Derby – at Chantilly in June as $4 favourite and last of seven in the G1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Deauville in July.
Trainer Jean Claude-Rouget identified a back complaint following the Prix Jean Prat and Olmedo missed the rest of his three-year-old season.
Olmedo has won once from six starts during 2019, unable to reach past heights. His lone success came in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron (2000m) at Deauville on August 15 when displaying his preference for rain-affected ground.
Rouget was the original trainer of Olmedo’s sire Declaration of War before joining Aidan O’Brien.
Declaration of War, who briefly shuttled to Australia and now stands at stud in Japan, sired three Australian Group 1 winners this year – Vow And Declare (Melbourne Cup), Warning (Victoria Derby) and Winning Ways (Queensland Oaks).