Glen Boss is hoping his reunion with Foreteller will be a winning one in the Group 1 $1m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Boss and the Chris Waller trained Foreteller combined to win the Group 1 $400,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The three times Melbourne Cup winning jockey is giving Foreteller a great chance to challenge Happy Trails at the end of the 2000m of the Australian Cup.
“He and Happy Trails look to have the best form and they are both well drawn and both third-up,” Boss told Racing Network.
“Foreteller’s run the other day was terrific and he should be ready to fire now third-up.”
Foreteller has had two runs back from a spell and even though he never threatened when ninth to Contributer in the Group 2 $250,000 Optus Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 14, his next run over 1600m in the Group 1 $500,000 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 28 to finish sixth to Contributer again was an improvement.
The eight year old has shown in the past that the 2000m is one of his pet distances with a win over that journey in the 2013 Group 1 $400,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
The Waller trained veteran has also been placed three times at Group 1 level over the 2000m journey with a second in the 2013 $500,000 Kirks Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben, a second in the 2013 $400,000 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield plus a third to Fiorente and Green Moon in last year’s Australian Cup.
“He’s got a lot going for him and I’m really pleased to be riding him,” Boss said.
Foreteller is well in contention in the market order for the Australian Cup and is marked as a $9.50 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Happy Trails heads the betting at $4.60 just ahead of 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist at $5.50 with the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained Spillway sharing the $10 line with last start Peter Young Stakes winner Mourinho.