This Saturday the Ciaron Maher-trained Set Square will line-up against her better fancied stablemate Jameka in the Caulfield Cup but will be better next run stepping up to the two miles of the 2016 Melbourne Cup.
Local horseman Maher has three runners in the capacity field for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) including the red hot favourite in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au Jameka.
Winner of the VRC Crown Oaks as a three-year-old last November, the Myboycharlie mare dominates the Caulfield Cup odds at $3.40 after her gun lead-up this prep.
Two back she won the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) before her second to Hartnell at Flemington in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 2.
Further down the Caulfield Cup betting markets for Maher are stablemates Set Square ($21) and Pemberley ($41), the latter backing up off a third in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) last Saturday.
There has been a tickle of money for Reset five-year-old Set Square who has been backed in from $26 having come through the same four-run lead-up campaign as Jameka, the duo working together at the course proper over 1200m on Tuesday.
“They worked over six furlongs and both are in good order. That is nothing different out of the norm,” Maher told Racenet after watching the 1200m piece of work that saw Jameka run home in 1.20 with a final 200m sectional of 22.5 seconds, half a second faster than Set Square’s 23 seconds.
“They went well and pulled up well.”
Set Square’s best result this time in was a third to Awesome Rock at Moonee Valley on September 3 in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m), where Jameka ran seventh.
From there Set Square, who won the 2014 edition of the Crown Oaks for Maher, ran fourth to Jameka in the Naturalism Stakes before her distant 10th in the Turnbull.
The Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) two years ago was the last win for Set Square, who Maher rates as a dour stayer keen to get out over the two miles of the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November.
“Set Square was good in the Dato and then went back at her next start in the Turnbull,” Maher said.
“She’s probably a bit dour now and looking for the two miles but I’m happy with her.
“Jameka is probably that little bit sharper.”
Twelve months ago Set Square ran a distant 16th (of 18 runners) behind Mongolian Khan in the Caulfield Cup before lining-up in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on VRC Derby Day for a fifth to Galileo Chop.
This season she goes from the Caulfield Cup run on Saturday to the ‘race that stops a nation’ at Flemington Racecourse on November 1.
In the Caulfield Cup Set Square carries 52kg, a half-kilo under Jameka who was penalised that difference for her Naturalism Stakes win.
For the Melbourne Cup 2016, she will also line-up a lightweight chance on 51.5kg.
She is yet to pass the Melbourne Cup first ballot clause however and is in danger of missing out on a run in the capacity 24-starter field.
Turnbull Stakes winner Hartnell ($5.50), who first takes on Winx in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Saturday week, leads the latest all-in Melbourne Cup betting markets.
Set Square is rated a $61 roughie in the futures Melbourne Cup odds.
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