“[He’s run] 2.2 lengths above IVR benchmark. In its raw sense that doesn’t come across as being something that’s out of this world but for a horse that’s a specialist when you get beyond 2000 metres, to do that first up … I’m asking myself this question.”
Accardi said the Rupert Legh-owned galloper made a statement in the spring when he won consecutive races in Sydney over 2000 and 2400 metres respectively.
“Would a stable like this genuinely aim for let’s say a Caulfield Cup [this far out]?” Accardi asked colleague Ralph Horowitz.
“I think yes, but there’s one pretty big race in John Hawkes’ CV he’s yet to win. The Melbourne Cup,” Horowitz replied.
“Could he win a Melbourne Cup, this horse?”
Accardi responded: “Ralphy, he’s that good.”
“Not many horses have ever done this but he’s good enough to win a Caulfield Cup, a Cox Plate and a Melbourne Cup all in the same year. This horse is serious,” he said.
“I’d like to back it now [in the Caulfield Cup] and take a risk.”
Bookmakers have already slashed Master Of Wine’s odds for the Cups in the wake of Saturday’s victory.
The TAB have the five-year-old listed an equal Caulfield Cup favourite at $15 and an equal Melbourne Cup favourite at $18. Sportsbet are still offering $31 and $26 respectively, in from $41 and $51 before Saturday.
“I doubt there’s very few horses in the world that could beat this in a Melbourne Cup and I’m very confident to say that,” Accardi said.
“I’m not going to say superstar in the sense that it’s a different story if you get a superstar mile race, but once you start to get to 2000 and beyond, super stayer.
“We’ve got a phenomenal horse here who, all things being equal, if the Hawkes camp keep this horse together, you [are] going to go to the counter and collect money.”
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said post-race that the stable was aiming at the Cups with the gelding.
“This horse’s best attribute is he’s got the biggest turn of foot and you just saw that,” Hawkes said.
“As the races get longer it’s going to be pretty exciting.
“Last time we thought he was a Cups horse and he just fell short because of immaturity.
“He will definitely head towards that in the spring. We wanted to give him a light autumn but who knows where he might take us.
“The sky is the limit for this horse.”
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.