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The Darren Weir trained Kings Will Dream has been promoted to outright favourite after drawing barrier six in the 2018 Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Kings Will Dream, above, has drawn barrier 6 in the 2018 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Kings Will Dream, above, has drawn barrier 6 in the 2018 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Kings Will Dream is now the $5 favourite for the Caulfield Cup with Ladbrokes.com.au just ahead of the Chris Waller trained Youngstar at $5.50 and the Irish stayer The Cliffsofmoher at $7.

Kings Will Dream will most likely move in one barrier at start time if second emergency Jaameh, who drew barrier five, doesn’t gain a late call up into the final eighteen horse field.

Youngstar, with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, drew barrier ten in the original draw but could start from nine while Hugh Bowman will be able to save plenty of ground on The Cliffsofmoher who drew gate three.

Craig Williams has retained the plumb ride on lightly weighted Kings Will Dream after the pair ran a handy third behind Winx and Youngstar in the Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 6.

Kings Will Dream gained an automatic entry into the 2018 Caulfield Cup with his win in the Listed $300,000 Mornington Cup (2400m) at Mornington in March and Spicer Thoroughbreds Syndicate manager Brad Spicer said that it has been a long seven months wait for the owners.

“That was very important. Darren (Weir) actually targeted that race after he won, I think at Ballarat, he said I think this horse can win a Mornington Cup, which then gets us in the Caulfield Cup, so that’s really important key initiative and it’s great those ballot free races are around,” Spicer told racing.com.

“It’s a long wait for the owners, seven months, from Mornington to today.”

“Jobs done, four to eight is perfect. Horse has had a faultless preparation and the barrier draw was just another sign of it, so hopefully Saturday we can get another run in transit, Craig can do his job and we can get that Cup.”

“I feel he’s got the right form going into the race, but there’s probably another five, six, seven runners with great chances and it’s one of the stellar fields I’ve seen in a while, but as long as he can run on his merits, if he gets beaten so be it, hopefully we can get a clear crack at them on Saturday.”

Kings Will Dream has had four runs back on his way to the Caulfield Cup and has been placed three times at Group 1 level with a third in the $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, a second in the $750,000 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington followed by a third in the Turnbull Stakes.

Weir will also saddle up $13 chance Night’s Watch (Ben Allen, barrier 18) and $51 outsider Gallic Chieftain (Dean Yendall, barrier 2) in the Caulfield Cup.

Final field and barrier draw for 2018 Caulfield Cup (2400m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x3195x111 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 17 57.5kg 114
2 8x512433x4 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 113
3 15x211250x CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 13 55.5kg 110
4 x68139x437 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 15 55.5kg 110
5 2144x1132x SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg 110
6 55462×0241 ACE HIGH David Payne Damien Oliver 8 55kg 110
7 5041x8x791 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley James McDonald 19 55kg 109
8 x3x15x5331 DURETTO (GB) Andrew Balding Dwayne Dunn 1 54.5kg 108
9 21×1422225 RED VERDON (USA) Ed Dunlop Zac Purton 9 54kg 107
10 121x05x405 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 7 54kg 104
11 437829×794 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 11 54kg 105
12 1x780x0069 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Tim Clark 14 53.5kg 104
13 153x16x217 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Ben Melham 4 53kg 110
14 11111×4323 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 6 53kg 105
15 732x03705x SOLE IMPACT (JPN) Hirofumi Toda Ryusei Sakai (a) 20 53kg 105
16 431105×024 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 52.5kg 104
17 2141×21316 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 18 52kg 1.0kg 105
18 311113×632 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 51.5kg 107
19e 114656×641 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 12 52kg 2.0kg 104
20e 33x1x61812 JAAMEH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 5 50kg 100

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.