AIDAN O’Brien’s stable rates Anthony Van Dyck’s outstanding Caulfield Cup performance superior to the colt’s English Derby triumph.
TJ Comerford was elated with Anthony Van Dyck’s effort to lug 58.5kg and start from barrier 17 before storming from near last on the turn to finish second, only a neck shy of Verry Elleegant.
“It was a career-best for him,” Comerford said. “I know he’s won an English Derby, but to carry top weight in a race like the Caulfield Cup and to do what he did, we are very pleased.
Hugh Bowman on Anthony Van Dyck at Werribee. Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Hugh (Bowman) rang last night and he was also very happy with the run.
“He ran a fantastic race. He’s come through the run very well and he looks brilliant.
“He’s come out of the race well. He’s walked for an hour this morning and he’s had half an hour on the grass. He’s great.”
Anthony Van Dyck’s Caulfield Cup effort prompted TAB to slash his price to $11 – the same price on offer for Verry Elleegant.
Racing Victoria tracking data underlined the enormity of Anthony Van Dyck’s effort.
He ran 11 metres further than Verry Elleegant – 2453 to 2442 – while attempting to run down the mare and clocking race-best sectionals from the 1600m to the 600m.
Prince Of Arran, who finished fourth, ran fourth after running seven metres further than the winner and clocking the fastest last 400m of the race.
Comerford said Wichita had emerged from leg surgery in good order.
The horse is now recuperating at Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge property.
“There’s a long recovery ahead but he’s good,” Comerford said.
“We’re confident, all being well, that he’ll make a full recovery and get back to the track.”
Comerford said Santiago was “OK” after the stable abandoned spring plans.
“His action just went on him so we’ve stopped with him,” he said. “He’ll be fine.”
Originally published asAnthony Cup-bound after Caulfield blinder
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