The Chosen One grabs Caulfield Cup position and broadens Baker's smile

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by way of Michael Lynch

October 12, 2019 — four.57pm

New Zealand trainer Murray Baker says he’s hooked on Melbourne’s spring carnival – and with just right purpose.

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The Cambridge-primarily based horseman has been training for greater than forty years and has received more than 20 workforce 1 prizes in Australia, including the Caulfield Cup in 2015 with Mongolian Khan.

And he would possibly just add to that haul – and snare any other Caulfield Cup next week – with The Chosen One, who guaranteed himself a begin within the $5 million Cup with his cosy victory within the crew 2 Herbert power Handicap.

The Chosen One grabs Caulfield Cup position and broadens Baker's smile

The Chosen One leads the field across the line.

The Chosen One leads the sector across the line.credit:Getty images

The 4-year-previous entire used to be given a patient trip through Damian Lane, who used to be all the time journeying smoothly and produced him at the right time to run down the equal prime weight Prince of Arran, last year’s Melbourne Cup 1/3-positioned runner, ridden through Michael Walker.

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Sully, from the Cranbourne stable of Trent Busuttin and Natalie younger, persisted the Kiwi theme when he ran 0.33 with Wall of fire, an English import, producing a much more suitable effort to finish fourth.

however the first two drew smartly away from the remainder in a race Walker described as having been run at a muddling p.c. which didn’t suit his galloper, who had simply come out of quarantine on race morning.

not that that stricken Baker.

The veteran trainer has been touchdown major Australian prizes for 3 decades, for the reason that his first giant star, The Phantom, ran third within the 1989 Caulfield Cup and 2d within the 1990 Melbourne Cup.

He also masterminded the profession of prime line gallopers corresponding to AJC Derby winners it’s A Dundeel, Nom De Jeu and Jon Snow, together with Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer, amongst others.

a lot of his top performers had been horses who wanted a commute and Baker says that he excels with stayers such because the Chosen One as a result of New Zealanders can’t be competitive in Australian races with sprinters.

”i believe as a brand new Zealander it’s a must to breed staying horses. we can’t compete with quick path horses in Australia.

”Our industry still produces them, if you’re prepared to attend. we don’t thoughts ready, as long as I get a travel,” he joked.

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He often has a smile on his face, but any individual who under-estimates the canny Baker does so at their peril.

The Chosen One has fifty two kilos in the Caulfield Cup and he’s going to be eligible for a penalty, even supposing it is not going that he’s going to take delivery of an excessive amount of of an additional impost given the narrow margin of his victory.

light-weight jockey Stephen Baster will take the journey on The Chosen One within the Caulfield Cup.

”he’ll run the go back and forth, but he would not thoughts a little of rain,” stated Baker.

”It used to be a just right win, he used to be a ways back, and he got here the widest and went on with it.

”We have been hoping for a good run lately as a result of he was very disappointing the other day,” he defined, relating to his last begin ninth of 12 in the group 1 Underwood Stakes at the back of the boilover winner Black coronary heart Bart.

”This was very completely different. Getting back to a handicap desirable him.

”he is into the Caulfield Cup now, we will to find out if he is up to that stage. i believe he’s an making improvements to horse, he hasn’t had a variety of racing. That was once his 13th begin and i might hope he goes on with it.”

How does he compare with Mongolian Khan, he was asked.

”Mongolian Kham did things proper. He used to be an skilled horse, he had won two derbies, he was sturdy. This guy is confidently on the way in which up.

And the trap of Australian racing burns as brightly as ever.

”it can be great to return here, i am addicted to it. That buck of ours is dropping off somewhat so it can be very at hand.”

steel Prince, the race favourite and a powerful Melbourne Cup fancy, was once sensationally withdrawn at the barriers.

Jockey Damien Oliver said: ”He injured his hock, acquired his leg caught in the gate.”

Walker stated that Prince of Arran had come again greater, greater and higher than final year, when he won the Lexus and ran 0.33 within the Melbourne Cup.

”It used to be an incredibly run race … one minute we’re within the Newmarket, the subsequent we are in the Melbourne Cup, then we are within the Grand national … it used to be too cease begin for me,” he lamented.

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reviews on motor activity and horseracing

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