18 Oct, 2020 07:30 AM
The Chosen One (proper) completed a detailed third behind Verry Elleegant (centre) and Anthony Van Dyck within the Group 1 Caulfield Cup. Picture / Racing Photographs
Proud coach Murray Baker is adamant The Chosen One is a greater Melbourne Cup probability this 12 months after his courageous third within the Caulfield Cup.
The Cambridge galloper seemed a profitable hope on the 300m mark in Saturday’s A$5 million thriller at Caulfield earlier than happening to the 2 favourites Verry Elleegant and Anthony Van Dyck however Baker was left beaming by the trouble.
“I’ve had a little bit of success within the Caulfield Cup however that was nearly as good a area as I’ve had a Caulfield Cup runner in,” stated Baker, who trains with Andrew Forsman. “So to run third, behind a mare who has received A$6 million and the horse who received the English Derby is an enormous effort.”
It additionally comes with a bonus for The Chosen One’s trainers as he sits twenty fourth on the listing of entries for the A$7.75m Melbourne Cup on November 3, that means with the standard attrition he’s nearly as good as within the area even when just a few extra horses leapfrog him.
“Being within the area is a giant assist as a result of it means he can go straight to the Cup now and we do not have to race him once more.
“I feel he’s a greater probability this 12 months than he was final season (nineteenth) as a result of he’s stronger however as we noticed on Saturday lots comes all the way down to the draw. Final season he drew dangerous in each Cups and was working on however for those who can draw nicely and keep useful that could be a lot much less horses to run previous.”
Daniel Stackhouse, who rode The Chosen One on Saturday, retains the journey for the enduring Flemington race.
The Chosen One has 53.5kgs for the Cup whereas the Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter will announce on Monday whether or not Verry Elleegant is given a re-handicap on the 55kgs she has for the Melbourne Cup after Saturday’s win.
Whereas The Chosen One is now safely within the Melbourne Cup area his stablemate and ATC Derby winner Fast Thinker has returned house after a luckless marketing campaign.
“He has obtained a again situation which is why he was hanging in his races and also you did not see the most effective of him,” says Baker. “He’s house right here now, we’ll work on that and set him for the autumn again in Sydney.”
In the meantime, the steady’s 2000 Guineas joint favorite Aegon won’t race once more earlier than the basic at Riccarton on November 7. Lots of the Guineas contenders will head to Te Rapa this Saturday for the $100,000 Sarten Memorial however Baker says the light-framed Aegon, a surprising winner of the Hawke’s Bay Guineas final begin, will not want a one other run.
“He isn’t probably the most sturdy horse but however we’re certain he’ll get the 1600m so it’s straight to Riccarton for him.”
Aegon is joint Guineas favorite with one other good last-start winner in Not An Possibility, who will truly steal his rider.
Leith Innes rode Aegon at Hastings however is dedicated to Not An Possibility ought to each horses make it to the Guineas at Riccarton.
Baker was simply as mystified as punters by True Sufficient’s off-colour effort in Saturday’s Pink Badge Dash at Hastings. Final season’s most constant weight-for-age galloper completed final, his first unplaced efficiency in 15 begins. “We do not know what occurred there however clearly that isn’t him,” says Baker of final season’s Zabeel Basic winner.
The Pink Badge was received by Hypnos who has rocketed to the top of the marketplace for the Couplands Mile at Riccarton subsequent month.