Glencadam Gold (IRE) is favourite for the $2.5m, Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), but he is also a legitimate chance to run in the $3m, Group 1 WFA Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m).
Glencadam Gold (IRE) and Tommy Berry win the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick last Saturday, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Gai Waterhouse-trained import, a dashing winner of last weekend's Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap over 2400m at Randwick last weekend, was among third acceptances when they closed on Tuesday and the son of Refuse To Bend's trainer said it remained a genuine option for the gelding.
“I think so, I've paid up for the Cox Plate,” Waterhouse said when asked if Australia's weight-for-age championship was a realistic option for the $4.20 Caulfield Cup favourite.
“But I'll get the Caulfield Cup over and then I'll just let the dust settle.”
Backing up Glencadam Gold at Moonee Valley would give Waterhouse four runners in the $3 million event.
Waterhouse trains $2.50 favourite Pierro, who is expected to make it nine wins from as many starts in Saturday's Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, eight-time Group 1 winner More Joyous and last Saturday's Spring Chmpion Stakes runner-up Proisir, who are all heading to the 2040m event.
Glencadam Gold is a $41 chance in the TAB's Cox Plate market.