Wide gate makes it harder for Caulfield Cup favourite
SYDNEY trainer Chris Waller had a mixed result with his four Caulfield Cup runners at yesterday's barrier draw for Saturday's $2.5 million race.
Early favourite Hawkspur drifted slightly to $4.80 with TattsBet after drawing gate 16 for the 2400m Group One, but Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent reclaimed the second line ($6) on the strength of barrier three.
On her inside in gate two is $51 roughie Tuscan Fire, who is likely to be pushed forward by Luke Currie to take the lead.
Waller's two other runner's also drew opposite sides of the track, with Moriarty ($26) in 18 and Kelinni ($41) on the inside.
The Roger James-trained Silent Achiever ($8), the winner of the 2012 New Zealand Derby and well supported to triumph on Saturday, drew ideally in five.
Either side of her are My Quest for Peace (four, $51) and last year's beaten favourite Glencadam Gold (six, $35).
Lloyd Williams' lone Cup runner, Fawkner ($11), drew 12, with fancied David Hayes-trained import Jet Away ($10) to his immediate outside.
Jockey Craig Williams, who is aiming to win his third straight Caulfield Cup, will have to take off on English raider Dandino ($8) from barrier 19.
The outside gate went to the Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi ($19), who finished a respectable eighth in the Turnbull Stakes after a close-up third to It's A Dundeel and boom mare Atlantic Jewel in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.