Mare on trial for Plate run

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - MATHEW TOOGOOD

CHRIS Waller is keep­ing his op­tions open for the re­main­der of Un­for­got­ten’s spring cam­paign af­ter she runs in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.

The Waller-trained D’Ar­gento and Un­for­got­ten filled the mi­nor plac­ings in the Group 1 Ep­som Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Rand­wick be­hind Hart­nell and the sta­ble­mates will clash again in Satur­day’s 2000m weight-for-age Caulfield Stakes.

Un­for­got­ten’s per­for­mance will be telling as to where she heads next.

“Her run will de­ter­mine where she goes next, and there is an out­side chance she could go to the Caulfield Cup a week later,” Waller said.

“She will prob­a­bly head to ei­ther the Cox Plate if she wins, or the Myer if I thought she was look­ing for some­thing eas­ier to fin­ish off the prepa­ra­tion.”

A tilt at the Cox Plate would mean a clash with cham­pion sta­ble­mate Winx, who is the short-priced favourite to win the weight-for-age race at Moonee Val­ley for an un­prece­dented fourth time.

The Myer Clas­sic (1600m) at Flem­ing­ton for fil­lies and mares is on Novem­ber 3, a week af­ter the Cox Plate.

Win­ner of this year’s ATC Aus­tralian Oaks, Un­for­got­ten was at $13 in the TAB’s Caulfield Cup mar­ket yes­ter­day with her sta­ble­mate Youngstar favourite at $5.

Waller said he could not be hap­pier with how Un­for­got­ten had come through her third in the Ep­som.

“She is a very good horse but she is rac­ing against some sea­soned weight-for-age cam­paign­ers here,” he said.

“How­ever I feel she will cer­tainly be in the fin­ish.”

The Caulfield Stakes has a sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional pres­ence but the Waller-trained pair head the mar­ket with D’Ar­gento, who has the out­side bar­rier, the $4.80 favourite ahead of Un­for­got­ten at $5.

D’Ar­gento won the Rose­hill Guineas over 2000m in the au­tumn.

“He is ready for the 2000m and went to Caulfield on Tues­day morn­ing and got around the track with­out any is­sues, so he just needs an ounce of luck and he will show his class,” Waller said.

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