Overdose: the Hungarian sprinter will make his British debut on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Overdose could be 'even better' than in Abbaye
HUNGARIAN sprint sensation Overdose, dubbed the "Budapest Bullet", could be even better than when he 'won' the voided running of the Prix de l'Abbaye in 2008, his part-owner has said.
Overdose is the 5-2 favourite for Saturday's Group 2 Betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock, which will be his first appearance in Britain after injury and misfortune blighted previous attempts to bring the central European dynamo to British shores.
He has lost just once in 16 starts - a Group 2 in Germany last year when his stalls antics held up the race for several minutes - and has single-handedly rejuvenated interest in horse racing in his native country.
But in the rough and tumble world of British racing he remains distinctly unproven, although on reputation - and the famous voided Abbaye - he is already 7-1 favourite for his main British target, the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Mikoczy said: "I have never been to Haydock before and we will be travelling up with the horse on Friday night. The Betfred.comTemple Stakes is a Group 2 race and it will be a good preparation for Royal Ascot and the King’s Stand Stakes.
"We can’t be sure he is as good as he was when he ‘won’ the Prix de l’Abbaye in 2008, but who knows, he may even be better now."
Overdose returned to action with victory in a weak race in Germany last monthbut will face a far sterner test at Haydock, where opposition includes Kingsgate Native, Tangerine Trees and Markab.
Further targets for Overdose include another attempt the Prix de l'Abbeye and possibly the Breeders' Cup, said Mikoczy.
And the fairytale story of a unusual looking horse that cost just 2,000gns and won the hearts of a nation is set to run into another year.
"The plan is currently to race on into next year with him, then he will be retired to stud," said Mikoczy, who part-owns the horse with five of Hungary's biggest companies.
"He was so small and ugly when we bought him. Maybe if he had been in a bigger stable, he might have been looked over.
"If he was trained in Britain or Francehe would not be such a big story - but in Hungary he is."
In Wednesday's Racing Post: Lee Mottershead visits Overdose at his British stables. Plus all the latest news about Saturday's big race. Download the digital newspaper from 3am or buy it as a PDF from 9am