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Claiming two wins from four starts, five-year old gelding Night’s Watch has enjoyed a strong start to the Spring, but champion trainer Darren Weir sounded only half confident when asked on his chances ahead of Saturday’s $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m).
“Whether it’s all sort of come a bit quick for him I don’t know,” Weir told RSN’s Racing Pulse on Friday morning.
“He’s a bit like Kings Will Dream, he’s had a great prep and he’s in really good order.”
While Weir compared Night’s Watch to fellow stablemate and $5.00 Cup favourite, Kings Will Dream, the difference between the two is obvious.
Night’s Watch has drawn the second-widest gate on Saturday, barrier 18, while Kings Will Dream will enjoy the perfect start jumping from barrier six.
“He’s got the tricky barrier to overcome, and I guess when you draw there you’re sort of committed to ride one way and that’ll be to be ridden quiet,” Weir went on to say.
After winning the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m a month ago, Night’s Watch seemed to struggle with the same distance last weekend in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes.
In opposite fashion, the New Zealand import drew barrier three last start, but struggled to kick home down the straight after shifting from a three-wide position to the inside part of the track.
Jockey Ben Allen gets the ride on Night’s Watch again on Saturday, but Weir admits he’s hoping for a similar ride on the outside.
“Try and get into a three-wide sort of lane and get a bit of a cart into the race and be riding to be strong late” Weir said.
As for the step up to the mile and a half, Weir liked what he saw from Night’s Watch last weekend, but admits it wasn’t great.
“I thought he ran well without running great, and I thought it wasn’t sort of a run to say that you’re going to be a real Caulfield Cup chance, but it was a run to say that you deserve your spot in the race, obviously he drops a lot in weight as well.”
At long $17.00 odds, Night’s Watch enters on the third line of betting with Ladbrokes.
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