Preparations for the $5m, Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on the 19th continued at Werribee on Wednesday with imported runners working before they are transferred to their local stable stables on Saturday, including Mirage Dancer (GB), Mustajeer (GB) and Constantinople (IRE).
Mirage Dancer transfers to Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young at Cranbourne, Mustajeer to Kris Lees and Constantinople, a late nomination for the Cup, to the Lindsay Park stables of Hayes and Dabernig.
“It seemed to be nice work, he is bright and he is happy and he looked to gallop well. Ben Melham was happy so that is a tick, so it is so far so good,” said Busuttin.
“He will get out of quarantine on Saturday morning and he will have a gallop out at Cranbourne on the big training track on Saturday morning and then we will probably take him to Caulfield on Tuesday for a look around and then straight into the Cup.
“He is a lovely horse and he looks to have the right credentials, but there are about 40 of them with the same credentials. We will just take it as it comes and enjoy the build-up and having a runner.
“Flemington is a dream, but by all accounts he is probably more so a mile and a half (2400m) horse, but if he runs well and runs in the first three or four then he will be having a look at the two miles (3200m) for sure,” he said.
Mirage Dancer is six-year-old Frankel entire. A dual stakes winner of the Tapster Stakes over 2412m at Goodwood two years in succession he comes to Australia off a second to Encounter (IRE) in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes over 2400m at Goodwood, a race he won in 2018.
Mustajeer, a seven-year-old Medicean gelding, arrives after winning the Ebor Handicap over 2787m at York on August 24th.
Damien Oliver was at Werribee to work Mustajeer and it was solid work as well.
“I was pleased with him, he seems to have done really well here, his action was good and his recovery from his work was really good so I was really pleased with him for my first time on him,” he said.
“That was his main hit out before the race so we have some good ground out there and he is a fit horse so we will not need to do too much with him now I would have thought.
“You just want to see them bright and well in themselves, when I got on him he was quite cheeky so that is a good sign, that their action is nice and fluid and their recovery as well. So he ticked all those boxes. So we just have to see how he measures up on the day now.
“It is always a little bit unknown with these Europeans. As we have seen in the past the Ebor has been a good for reference and I am hoping that will show through this year,” he said.
Constantinople is expected to gallop at Caulfield on Saturday. The former Aidan O’Brien trained four-year-old to Southern Hemisphere time comes off three seconds in succession, the last in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur over 2385m to Logician (GB) at York on August 21st. The Galileo entire is a Group 3 winner over 2000m at the Curragh.
Should Constantinople win the Caulfield Cup he would be the first three-year-old to Northern Hemisphere time to do so.
Mustajeer is currently at $13.00 with TAB’s Caulfield Cup market while Mirage Dancer is at $15.00 and Constantinople at $11.00. The Chris Waller trained Finche (GB) is the $8.00 favourite.