Time has arrived: Foreteller off to Cup

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller said he had given up looking for reasons not to run his import Foreteller in next week’s $6 million Melbourne Cup, maintaining the horse’s time to compete in Australia’s most important handicap had arrived.
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”It was a cracking run on Saturday in the Cox Plate. OK, will he run a genuine two miles is the question. Saintly went from a Cox Plate to winning a Melbourne Cup with a doubt on him staying.

”I know the horse was trained by a genius [Bart Cummings], but I am just hoping Foreteller could do exactly what Saintly did and win the Cup. We have been finding reasons not to start him, but his time has come.”

While Waller will not be the biggest player in this Melbourne Cup, as wealthy businessman Lloyd Williams could have up to a quarter of the field with six runners, the former New Zealand trainer has three hopefuls – Foreteller, Hawkspur and Kelinni.

”That’s how I’m looking at it,” Waller said. ”They are all in great order and I can’t fault them so the Cup is their mission. But Foreteller will not run on Saturday, he will go straight into the Cup.”

Local jockey Craig Newitt looks set to take the ride on Foreteller.

Cummings’ mission to get an incredible 88th runner in the Cup is still alive, although hanging by a thread, after Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence was given a one-kilogram penalty .

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said the weight penalty for the group 2 win was in line with what the horse carried in last year’s race when a brave ninth to Green Moon, and was a penalty that took into consideration the horse’s age and the fact he has won a group 3 and a group 2 staying race in the past 12 months.

”The penalty takes Precedence back to the same weight he carried when running ninth to Green Moon in last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter said.

”The penalty is the same given to Vatuvei for winning the 2012 renewal at Moonee Valley and does not guarantee the horse a start in the race. After withdrawals at the third declarations stage Precedence has moved from 45th to 29th in the order of entry but is far from guaranteed a place in the final field of 24.”

To make the field Precedence must win either the Mackinnon Stakes or the Lexus Stakes on Saturday at Flemington or sit back and rely on attrition to improve his position in the order of entry.

Cummings’ grandson and training partner James said that if Precedence managed to sneak into the Melbourne Cup field his grandfather would be at Flemington to watch his 88th Cup runner.

The Melbourne Cup dream is still alive for the connections of 47 horses that were paid up at the third stage of declarations on Monday, with Saturday’s Derby day meeting at Flemington to play a significant hand in the final field.

Key Cup hopefuls that face a must-win scenario this Saturday include Caulfield Cup fourth Jet Away and English raider Forgotten Voice. Both must win the Mackinnon to get a start.

Saturday’s group 1 Mackinnon Stakes and group 3 Lexus provide the winner with ballot exempt passage into the field, meaning that horses on the borderline of a Cup start could be forced out.

And it would seem the Lexus will be a hard-fought affair considering there are 18 hopefuls attempting to force a way through to the Cup.

Key absentees from the list of nominations were the Gai Waterhouse-trained Glencadam Gold, Peter Moody’s Manighar, It’s A Dundeel, Royal Descent, and early Cup favourite Puissance De Lune, with tension building as the final field begins to take shape.

West Australian trainer Adam Durrant kept Mr Moet in the race after finishing sixth at Caulfield.

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