The Melbourne Cup form for Signoff is spot on with the Darren Weir trained stayer heading into today’s big ‘two miler’ as a last start Flemington winner.
Signoff was wearing the blinkers for the first time when he secured his place in today’s Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington with a win in the Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Stakes (2500m) last Saturday.
The lightly raced five year old was originally weighted on 50kgs, but still gets into the Melbourne Cup with the luxury weight of 51.5kgs which includes a 1kgs penalty for the Lexus Stakes win plus another extra half a kilo after international jockey Joao Moreira told connections that 51.5kgs was the lightest he could ride.
The Hong Kong based Moreira was excited to secure a start for Signoff in the Melbourne Cup and is keen to get back to Flemington again today for the main event.
Weir has reported that Signoff has pulled up in great order following his win on Saturday and will head to Flemington in tip top condition.
“He went home and had a bit of a wade in the water that day, then down to the beach on Sunday, Monday. He has drank and ate well, had half a day out in a grass paddock. Everything is in order,” Weir told Racing Ahead this morning.
“He has done everything we wanted him to do and he has recovered really well from Saturday which he should do because he had a hit out for today I would have thought.”
“Now the question is is he good enough? I’m not certain about that but he is certainly in the right order anyway. “
Weir was very satisfied that his long term plan to qualify Signoff for the Melbourne Cup came to fruition on Saturday with the bonus of having beaten the handicapper.
“We thought it was the right way to try and get the horse into the race barring bad luck. If he had all the luck and didn’t win he wasn’t good enough anyway,” Weir said.
“So that was the approach we took when we brought him into work and I thought he had a good preparation up until Saturday without going great. We knew he still had a bit of fitness to come.”
“And a couple of jockeys had been telling us to put the blinkers on for a while and when they went on we were hoping we would find a couple of lengths and it looked like they done the trick well.”
Weir is confident that Signoff will run out the 3200m after finishing off the 2500m of the Lexus Stakes in strong fashion.
“He was very strong through the line on Saturday. I’m not sure if he is quite seasoned enough but he has had the right preparation, I don’t think the trip will be a worry. I’m sure if he does everything properly I’m sure he will run pretty well,” Weir added.
Signoff had three runs this preparation before he started to show any form but appreciated the step up to 2400m when second to Big Memory in the Group 2 $200,000 Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 11.
He was in the prizemoney again at his next start when third to Contributer in the Group 3 $150,000 David Jones Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on October 18 before the blinkers went on for his Lexus Stakes win.
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