Premier trainer Darren Weir will saddle up the favourite Kings Will Dream but he is not excited about the chances of second stringer Night’s Watch in the 2018 Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Kings Will Dream is the $5 favourite for the Caulfield Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au while Night’s Watch is at the double figure odds of $19.
Night’s Watch gained automatic entry into the Caulfield Cup with his win in the Group 3 $150,000 East Malvern Bendigo Bank MRC Foundation Cup (Naturalism Stakes) (2000m) at Caulfield on September 22.
Night’s Watch has had one run since and Weir wasn’t that impressed with his three and a half lengths sixth to Benbatl in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 13.
“He’s been a winner this preparation but this is tough and I thought he had his chance the other day but it wasn’t a back me, I’m going to be a winning chance next time type of run – but he has earned his place and deserves a run in the Caulfield Cup,” Weir told Racenet.
Night’s Watch had worked his way up through the grades this preparation and prior to the MRC Foundation Cup scored a win in a 1400m Caulfield Handicap before finishing third to Magic Consol in the Group 2 $250,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on September 8.
Appprentice Ben Allen takes the ride on Night’s Watch who was out of luck at the barrier draw with gate eighteen in the original draw.
The Chris Waller trained Youngstar is the second pick in the betting at $6 while the Aidan O’Brien trained Irish stayer The Cliffsofmoher is next best at $7.