Australian Cup winner Super Cool is on target for the Group 1 $2.65m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 19 after an eye-catching first up run on Saturday.
Super Cool made up many lengths in the straight to finish third to high profile stable mate Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 $350,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
While trainer Mark Kavanagh was soaking up the stunning performance of Atlantic Jewel’s comeback win, he was quick to highlight the effort of Super Cool who was having his first run since winning the Group 1 $1m Darley Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in March.
“That was his best first up run ever. That was good effort,” Kavanagh said after the Memsie Stakes.
“He looks like a Caulfield Cup horse to me,” he later told the Herald Sun.
“He is a gross horse. He will take improvement out of that run.”
Super Cool had several clashes with Fiveandahalfstar last season including a second to the Anthony Cummings trained three year old in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington last Spring.
But the Fastnet Rock gelding was able to turn the tables in the Autumn with a win in the Group 2 $220,000 BMW Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield and was then able to beat the Derby winner again in the Australian Cup.
Saturday’s excellent first up run has seen Super Cool placed at the top of the Caulfield Cup market and is now the $10 favourite just ahead of the Gai Waterhouse trained Fiorente ($11) who also caught the eye with a handy sixth in the Memsie Stakes.
David Hayes English import Jet Away is next in the betting at $13 with Chris Waller trained horses filling the next three spots, Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent at $15, Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur at $16 and Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up at $18.