Melbourne Cup champion Dunaden is nearly a week behind schedule in his planning for Saturday’s Group A single Caulfield Cup, but his trainer and jockey feel he can nonetheless win the race.
Jockey Craig Williams rode Dunaden in his final Cup gallop at Werribee on Monday, declaring the horse to be as great as prepared.
“The trainer stated he’s about a week away from exactly where he needs him to be and I’d say which is spot on,” Williams explained.
“He worked genuinely properly nowadays and he’s nevertheless received some improvement left.”
Williams mentioned his confidence in the leading international-educated runner in the Cup is large, but it would boost if Dunaden draws an within barrier.
His French trainer Mikel Delzangles, who flew into Melbourne on Sunday for the gallop and will leave on Monday, mentioned Dunaden missed a week’s work final month due to foot abscesses.
But he has manufactured up much of that given that arriving in Melbourne and would go to the submit on Saturday match and prepared.
“He appears as properly, even greater than when he left the quarantine in England,” he said.
Delzangles admitted to some slight issues before seeing the horse perform on Monday, but they had mainly disappeared as a outcome of the gallop.
“I was happy, the jockey was satisfied, the horse was pleased,” he said.
The two Williams and Delzangles believe Dunaden is a different horse to the a single who took out the Geelong and Melbourne Cups final spring, describing him as stronger and sharper.
“He’s a good deal sharper, I invested the very first two furlongs of his work right now getting him to come back and settle,” Williams mentioned.
“That is why the barrier is important … he demands to get cover.
“Last time he was far more dour and he’d settle with no also much drama.”
Although Dunaden is a seven-yr-outdated in his fifth season of racing, Delzangles believes he went by means of a considerable physical alter in the course of the final twelve months that will assist him cope with the added weight he has to carry in the two Cups.
“The horse modified in the course of the last winter in Europe, he’s now more powerful,” he said.
“He is definitely a better horse, I am not certain if he’s a four kilos much better horse, but he is better.”
Delzangles confirmed Dunaden would run in the Melbourne Cup, even if he wins on Saturday and is forced to carry a penalty on top of his 58kg handicap.