WHILE Tuscan Fire is being finely tuned for his start in this weekend’s Caulfield Cup (2400m), trainer Dan O’Sullivan is also looking further afield with his stayer in a spring campaign that could conclude with a run in his hometown feature.
O’Sullivan told The Courier that he was seriously considering running the seven-year-old in the listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) on November 24 in what would be his final assignment this preparation.
Pressing towards the Melbourne Cup (3200m) remains a possibility for connections, but a likely path forward could include starts in the listed Bendigo Cup (2200m) on October 30, the group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on November 9 before a freshen-up heading into the Ballarat Cup.
O’Sullivan said this weekend’s Caulfield Cup would help paint a picture going forward, but admitted the Ballarat Cup was an attractive possibility.
“If he went to the Melbourne Cup he wouldn’t, but if we don’t go to the Melbourne Cup it’s a definite chance,” he said.
“Everyone likes to win their hometown cup. I’m just leaving my options completely open.
“To be honest, it’s not my first option, but it’s a reserve option.”
O’Sullivan said Tuscan Fire would be a popular starter in the Ballarat Cup, should he decide to take him there.
“I think even the club and a lot of the public would like to see him in it. He’s got quite a following around here now,” he said.
Tuscan Fire will carry 53.5kg in this weekend’s Caulfield Cup, with the barrier draw for the $2.5million race conducted tomorrow.
Weights for the race have been raised 1.5kg with Green Moon, who had 58kg, and Sea Moon, who had 57kg, not running.