JOCKEY Luke Currie will be hustling Tuscan Fire out of the barrier to find a forward position in Saturday’s group 1 $2.5m Caulfield Cup, 2400 metres.
Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan is keen to make the most of gate two.
O’Sullivan, who attended yesterday’s barrier draw, said all efforts would be made to make full use of the inside running.
He said the aim would be to settle in the first six.
O’Sullivan said Tuscan Fire’s best winning form was when he raced on the pace.
O’Sullivan continued the seven-year-old’s preparation by putting him over eight hurdles yesterday ahead to this morning’s 1000m on the uphill track.
Ballarat district-based Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s hopes with second favourite Dandino took a blow when the English galloper drew gate 19.
ATB’s principal and managing owner Darren Dance was gutted by the draw.
“Honestly, it’s disappointing to get 19.
“Ideally, we wanted to be in the middle. We didn’t want one or two.”
Dance said speed maps had Dandino settling midfield, three off the fence.
“Hopefully Craig Williams can find a slot and stay out of trouble.”
Dance said what made the draw all the more disappointing was that the Caulfield Cup was Dandino’s main target for the spring.
“We believe he’s better suited to the Caulfield Cup (rather than the Melbourne Cup).
“He’s a super horse and he’s in super order.
“The track is going to be firm, which he likes.
“All we needed was a barrier.”
Dandino is trained by Marco Botti, who took Jakkalberry to third in last year’s Melbourne Cup for ATB, and raced in 20 official interests.
As with many of the horses Dance syndicates, he says he has no idea how many people are actually involved in the various partrnerships and syndicates.
“All I know is I send out 19 invoices.” ATB holds the manager share.
Dance said 100 people had been booked into a Dandino function at Caulfield on Saturday.
The day will not end there for ATB.
It also has $1m earner and group 1-winning mare Platelet in the group 2 Caulfield Sprint, 1100m, and comeback mare Lonhspresso in the listed Alinghi Stakes, 1100m.
Each is trained by Darren Weir.
Lonhspresso has won three of five lifetime starts. The four-year-old, which won three on end in February-March this year, returns after recovering from knee trouble.
Weir has a big Caulfield Cup Day ahead of him.