Trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident that Glencadam Gold will be at his best for the $6 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington next Tuesday.
The four-year-old was forced to miss his scheduled track work this morning due to a minor hoof injury, however, Waterhouse does not expect the problem to cause any set backs.
Glencadam Gold will be looking to execute the perfect run in the Melbourne Cup, after fading to run 15th of 18 runners in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup last run.
The Refuse To Bend gelding went into that race as favourite, after winning his first four race starts in Australia.
With a Group 1 victory in the Group 1 The Metropolitan already against his name, Glencadam Gold will be looking to add Australia’s most prestigious race to his record.
Waterhouse opted to send Glencadam Gold to the beach this morning instead of his planned routine track work in order to allow him to walk in the salt water.
“I’ve sent him to the beach this morning and to the pool,” Waterhouse said.
“He’s a very fit horse. He’s been in work a long time.”
Glencadam Gold will also be reunited with jockey Tommy Berry in the Melbourne Cup, after being ridden by Jim Cassidy last start.
Berry will have his first Cup run aboard the imported stayer on November 6.
Glencadam Gold was originally raced by Sir Henry Cecil in England, before being purchased by Australian interests earlier this year.
The gelding has won six of his 13 race starts and has earned more than $470,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
Glencadam Gold will have one final start in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes this Saturday, before heading to the Melbourne Cup three days later.
There he will face the likes of Gatewood, who is attempting to force his way into the Cup by earning an automatic entry.