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Gai Waterhouse-trained import Julienas will not join stablemate and cups fancy Glencadam Gold in either the 2012 Caulfield Cup or 2012 Melbourne Cup after suffering a virus.
Waterhouse chose not to accept with the five-year-old for either event with the virus ruling him out of this weekend’s Caulfield Cup qualifying event, the 2012 Herbert Power Stakes.
Julienas was bought along with Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold with the goal of chasing glory in Australia’s biggest staying races and had shown promise in four Australian starts.
After placing in his first two starts the five-year-old scored victory in the Listed Wyong Gold Cup before finishing a narrow second to Kelinni in the group 3 Colin Stephens Quality.
The son of Cape Cross may still race again this spring, with his target downgraded to the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) at Randwick on October 20.
“He has been set for the Tatts Cup now and we will go from there,” Waterhouse’s Racing Manager Bruce Slade said.
“He had a little bit of a virus, nothing too serious but enough to rule him out of the Herbert Power this weekend.”
Glencadam Gold will be the only Waterhouse-trained runner in the Caulfield Cup for what he is currently $4.50 favourite.
The only other runner to fall under double figures in the pre-post Caulfield Cup market is December Draw ($9.00) who finished third in Saturday’s Turnbull Stakes.
Other horses toward the top end of the Caulfield Cup market include Turnbull Stakes runner-up Seville ($11.00), 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden ($14.00), Peter Moody-trained import Voila Ici ($17.00) and 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain ($18.00).
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