Caulfield Cup Nominations Reveal Descarado’s Double Hopes

By: Sarah Fortnum
August 2nd, 2011
Descarado

Descarado will be looking for back-to-back wins in the Caulfield Cup

Gai Waterhouse has once again nominated talented stayer Descarado in the hope of winning back to back Caulfield Cups with the horse.

The five-year-old gelding heads an impressive 236 nominations for this spring’s Caulfield Cup.

The High Chaparral gelding has been unable to win a race since last year’s Caulfield Cup triumph and most recently finished sixth in the $2.25 million The BMW at Rosehill Gardens during the autumn carnival.

Also included in the long list of nominations is last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday.

The five-year-old gelding finished three lengths behind winner Americain in the $6 million race, but has failed to perform during this year’s autumn racing.

The Zabeel gelding was unable to place in all three of his autumn runs and finished seventh last start in The BMW.

Trainer Chris Waller has chosen to nominate Pressday for the Cup, despite his recent failed performances.

The once champion two-year-old has been unable to win a race since last November.

Now aged four-years-old, Waller is hopeful that a change of jockey will be enough to turn Pressday’s luck around.

Waller has booked one of the country’s oldest jockeys, 50-year-old Rodney Quinn, to ride Pressday as he begins his Caulfield Cup campaign in the Group 3 Missile Stakes at Randwick this Saturday.

He worked very well this morning … it was the first time I’ve been happy with him this time in,” Waller said.

“It was noticeable he was a lot more settled and relaxed and he finished his work off nicely.

“Rodney’s got good hands and he will give Pressday every chance to settle.”

Michael Kent’s Absolutely and Mark Kavanagh’s Kittens are also feature amongst the quality nominations.

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