Damien Oliver is hopeful Mustajeer can deliver the champion jockey’s fifth Caulfield Cup despite the import failing to sell at auction only hours after breezing through trackwork at Werribee.
First successful in the Cup with Mannerism in 1992, Oliver quickly added more lustre to his record with Paris Lane (’94), Doriemus (’95) and Sky Heights (1999). But the Scobie Breasley medallist has been anchored on the mark since.
Ebor Handicap winner Mustajeer shapes as the ideal candidate to break the drought after impressing Oliver.
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A share in Cups contender Mustajeer was passed in at auction. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“I was pleased with him,” Oliver said. “The horse seems to have done really well since he’s been here. His action was good and his recovery from his work was really good, so really pleased with my first time on him.
“That was his main hit-out before the race there today.
“He’s a fit horse and we won’t need to do too much with him before the race.
“I suppose you just want to see them bright and well in themselves and when I got on him he was quite cheeky so that’s always a good sign.
“It’s always a little unknown with some of these Europeans but as we’ve seen in the past, the Ebor is always a good form reference so I’m hoping that’s the same again this year.”
A 25 per cent share in Mustajeer was offered by Inglis via its digital auction but was passed in at $310,000 after failing to reach the $350,000 reserve.
Torcedor, also owned by Australian Bloodstock, impressed Paul Preusker and Jordie Childs with his attitude and fitness during a searching piece of work.
Torcedor will be transferred to Horsham on Saturday to continue his Melbourne Cup preparation alongside Bart Cummings winner Surprise Baby.
Torcedor has impressed in his work at Werribee. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Freshman has a few Irons in the fire
English-based French trainer David Menuisier is convinced Chief Ironside has a “very big engine” with the only question being which Caulfield feature will mark the import’s Australian debut on Saturday.
The first emergency for the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), the gelding will wait on the Hawkes stable’s plans for Dyslexic, who is an acceptor for the Toorak and the Group 3 Angst Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
If there are no scratchings, Chief Ironside will run in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m). Menuisier is confident of a great showing in whatever race Chief Ironside tackles.
“He’s in very good shape. He’s only been with us for the best part of six weeks to two months,” Menuisier said. “It’s taken a bit of time to get to know him.
“I think he has a very big engine, it’s a matter of finding the right buttons to press.
“He looks well, he’s really chilled and his work last Saturday was very good.
“I think we will learn more with him once he has a run.”
The winner of two races, at 2011m and 2076m, Chief Ironside is one of eight internationals entered for Caulfield on Saturday.
Four — Prince Of Arran, Raheen House, True Self and Haky — are in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).
Originally published asMustajeer delights Ollie, but buyers fall short
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