There might be an unprecedented logjam into Saturday week’s Cox Plate but that hasn't deterred Craig Williams who on Monday took the ride on three-year-old colt Castelvecchio.
A Group 1 winner at two and a last start Spring Champion Stakes runner-up, Castelvecchio will be one of a number of Group 1 horses to be considered for a start in the $5 million race which has a capacity field of 14 plus four emergencies.
Castelvecchio will carry 49.5kg under the weight-for-age scale and the renowned lightweight Williams is determined to ride the horse at his exact weight.
The son of Dundeel is one of several horses uncertain of gaining a start in the race despite having credentials that in any other year, would be assured of a run.
On his side is his age. Aside from Castelvecchio, only beaten Caulfield Guineas favourite Dalasan and the Thousand Guineas winner Flit are three-year-olds remain in the running for a Cox Plate start and only Flit is being considered for the race.
Castelvecchio is a $17 chance with BetEasy to win the Cox Plate.
Castelvecchio, picture Sportpix.com.au