Meanwhile, Steel Prince is likely to line up in Wednesday’s Geelong Cup in the hope of moving up the Melbourne Cup order of entry.
“We wanted to get him to the Caulfield Cup as a run in between,” he said.
“He’ll go to Geelong. Hopefully he can draw a gate for one stage in his career. He’s in very good form.”
The Freedmans also have Le Don De Vie as a Caulfield Cup emergency, but he will most likely run next at Moonee Valley.
End of Santa?
Sam Freedman says Santa Ana Lane’s retirement papers have yet to be stamped heading into Saturday’s Everest.
He’ll start at big odds in Saturday’s $15 million sprint, but that’s something he’s used to, having won five group 1s, four of them at double figures.
“There’s a lot of people that probably think it’s his swansong and on his way out,” Freedman said.
“We think he’s sound, fit and well and he’s still got a big race in him I think.
“If he gave us the impression that he’d had enough then we would so we’ll learn on Saturday.
“I really think he’s moving on the track as well as he possibly can.”
Danny O’Brien’s pursuit of a back-to-back VRC Oaks looks set to hinge with Starelle, who will jump favourite in Saturday’s Ethereal Stakes.
Ironically, it’s a race that Caulfield Cup favourite Verry Elleegant won two years ago, and while she didn’t win the Oaks, she went onto bigger and better things.
Pinot (2017) and Set Square (2014) are two horses that have completed the Ethereal – Oaks double, and O’Brien has had a stellar 12 months training stayers including last year’s Oaks champion Miami Bound and Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare.
Million dollar day
Syndicator Sam Lyons says Behemoth is not just making up the numbers in The Everest.
The South Australian star has won three on end, including back-to-back group 1s over 1400 metres, and while he’s done his job this preparation, Lyons said he would be improved again fourth up this campaign.
Lyons will also be represented by odds-on favourite It’s Me in the $1.3 million Kosciusko. which is exclusive to NSW country-trained horses.
“I never like to be too bullish about anything because it’s racing and a lot of things go wrong but ifyou believe the times and what she’s been able to produce on more than one occasion, well you have to say something has to go wrong for her not to reproduce that and be winning,” he said.
Race 4: 4 Johnny Get Angry; Race 9: 16 Aktau
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.