AUSTRALIA’S ‘globe trotter’ Maori Time has began her exhausting journey towards the famed Elitlopp.
Maori Time left Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport just moments ago, with the 26-hour journey including stopovers in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and England before reaching Amsterdam.
The Victorian squaregaiter will then undertake a 16-hour float trip to reach her final destination – Stig Johansson’s stable just outside of Stockholm.
Maori Time will then have a fortnight to settle into her surroundings before taking on the world’s best.
Australasia’s fastest trotter, Maori Time received an invitation to the prestigious event in mid April, with trainer Brent Lilley and owner Fred Crews immediately accepting the challenge.
“There was no hesitation in accepting the invite,” Lilley said. “The opportunity to have her race on a world stage like that was too good to pass up.
“I look forward to being over there and seeing how well she can compete against the best from around the globe.”
New South Wales reinsman Todd McCarthy has been booked to partner the eight-year-old.
McCarthy has only partnered Maori Time once, which resulted in the pair capturing the New South Wales Trotters’ Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle in a record 1:51.5 last February.
Lilley is positive Maori Time can break her record given the right conditions.
“I have no doubt she is capable of lowering her own mark,” Lilley said. “We’re not heading over saying she is going to win, but I’m sure she can prove competitive.”