The Chosen One ready for Melbourne Cup tilt
A gallant run for third in Saturday's Caulfield Cup has connections of the New Zealand-bred and trained The Chosen One excited about his prospects for the Melbourne Cup.
The five-year-old cast off some indifferent lead-up form for Saturday's Caulfield feature to put his best foot forward in a race won by Verry Elleegant, causing connections to dream about the prospect of a big run in the 3rd November showpiece next.
Co-trainer Andrew Forsman credited the addition of blinkers for the race and a good barrier draw as the key elements for the improved performance after the horse had disappointed when finishing near last a week ago in the Herbert Power Stakes.
"It was a massive buzz to see him do that against such a quality field," Forsman said. "It was very exciting and good to see him get his chance like that.
"He had had his excuses in his lead-up runs after winning first up, in that going against the weight-for-age specialists second-up in the Underwood was always going to be tough for him."
The Chosen One will head straight to the Melbourne Cup without another start.
Meanwhile, connections of Verry Elleegant are contemplating whether to run in the Melbourne Cup due to an expected weight increase following her impressive Caulfield Cup win on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday's win, trainer Chris Waller had expressed concern over Verry Ellleegant's Melbourne Cup weight of 55 kilograms and a revised mark would only make matters worse.
"I haven't spoken to the owners yet but obviously they are concerned about what weight she will be carrying and what cost running in the Melbourne Cup has on her career, so that will be discussed," Waller told RSN 927.
The Chosen One is 41.00 to win the Melbourne Cup, Verry Ellegant is on offer at 13.00.
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