Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup or both?
Russian Camelot heads the market for both of Melbourne’s spring jewels, but a run at Flemington remains dependent on what happens at Moonee Valley in the Cox Plate.
Jockey Damien Oliver said in his opinion the Cox Plate is the better fit for Russian Camelot at this stage, while trainer Danny O’Brien said everything has been geared to the Plate and a decision on a Cup run won’t be made until after that race.
“Our big goal for the spring is the Cox Plate. He’s an entire and if he could win a Cox Plate he’s got a good profile to have a good stud career,” O’Brien told Radio TAB’s Past The Post.
“The Cox Plate is what we’re focused on for the short term. Having said all that, the best way to produce him for the Melbourne Cup is through the Cox Plate.”
Russian Camelot ridden by Damien Oliver wins the Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse. Picture: Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The wins of Rekindling (51.5kg) and Cross Counter (51kg) in the 2018 and 2018 Melbourne Cups forced a recalibration by the handicappers in regards to Northern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds, of which Russian Camelot is one.
Il Paradiso was desperately unlucky under 52.5kg last year but Russian Camelot is being asked to carry 53.5kg if he runs in the Cup.
“He’s certainly one of the worst handicapped horses in the race, but it doesn’t mean he can’t win it,” O’Brien said.
“If he (won) the Cox Plate, he would have to be a really good chance in the race.”
Oliver said Russian Camelot is yet to reach his full potential.
“He’s still an improving horse, but he’s got exceptional talent,” Oliver said.
“I just think probably distance wise the Cox Plate is more suitable at this stage, but that’s not to say the Melbourne Cup is beyond him either.”
O’Brien has plenty of arsenal at his disposal as he plots winning the Melbourne Cup for the second year in a row.
Defending Cup winner Vow And Declare runs in Saturday’s Turnbull Stakes (with Oliver to ride) with King Of Leogrance, while Orderofthegarter runs next in the Herbert Power, before backing up into the Caulfield Cup.
Saturday’s winner Saracen Knight is also nominated for the Cup, but will run in another restricted race before the bar is raised higher.
“We’re really fortunate to have some topline middle distance and staying horses. We will learn a lot more about Vow and King Of Leogrance in the Turnbuill,” O’Brien said.
Masked Crusader was the best result for the bookies. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
LADBROKES WEEKEND REPORT
Best Result: Masked Crusader, Rosehill, Race 9: Rothfire and Haut Brion Her went down back to back and punters tried to get out of trouble on Masked Crusader. It didn’t work.
Best Backed/Worst Result: Russian Camelot, Caulfield, Race 8: He accounted for over 80 per cent of our hold on the race.
Cox Plate, run October 24
$3.60 Russian Camelot
$11 Sir Dragonet
$14 Arcadia Queen
$15 Aspetar, Verry Elleegant
$17 Fierce Impact, Magic Wand
$21 Glenfiddich, Humidor, Master Of Wine, Surprise Baby
Tomorrow: Townsville, Grafton, Swan Hill
Wednesday: Gold Coast, Kensington, Canberra, Ballarat, Murray Bridge, Geraldton
Thursday: Yeppoon, Wyong, Geelong, Kalgoorlie
Friday: Ipswich, The Valley (night), Moruya, Dubbo, Tatura
Saturday: Eagle Farm, Randwick, Flemington, Morphettville Parks, Kalgoorlie, Gold Coast, Toowoomba (night), Alpha, Charleville, Eidsvold, Gordonvale, Richmond, Tara, Townsville, Newcastle, Murtoa, Darwin
Sunday: Sunshine Coast, Ballina, Cootamundra, Bairnsdale, Kyneton, Port Lincoln, Northam, Hobart
Lindsay Hatch had a solid night after Jadentom’s Weetwood win. Picture: Kevin FarmerSource:News Regional Media
“I didn’t have to pay for a drink. The kids were delivering them to me at a pretty quick rate, so it was a good night.” — Lindsay Hatch, after celebrating family favourite Jadentom’s Weetwood victory on Saturday night.
The Talking Point
Rothfire’s Golden Rose defeat. It was a crushing blow for his army of connections, exacerbated by the news yesterday that his racing future is up in the air, with a year on the sidelines to be waited out.
Andrew Mallyon showed intent early on Jadentom, rather than conceding from the wide gate. He had to cover a little extra ground, but that didn’t seem a huge disadvantage on Saturday and momentum was all important, which his mount had plenty of when heads turned for home.
Buffalo River looked the goods at Caulfield. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Three to Back
Red Chase, Toowoomba, Race 8: Lovely return.
King’s Legacy, Rosehill, Race 7: Desperate for the mile now, so bring on Caulfield Guineas and possibly Cox Plate.
Buffalo River, Caulfield, Race 5: Fitter for this.
Masked Crusader (Rosehill Race 9) now has the distinction of three consecutive defeats as an odds-on favourite this time in.
Take your pick. Supergiant and The Odyssey at Toowoomba, Exemplar, Haut Brion Her and Masked Crusader at Rosehill or Le Baol and Flying Award at Caulfield. Favourites were running down the track everywhere.
Alward was solidly backed for most of the week and in particular post 9am on Saturday, with his SP about half what was originally available when markets went up.
MORE RACING NEWS
Originally published asCox Plate or Cup? Russian Camelot plans for Carnival
Source: Read Full Article