The highly consistent Dalasan’s next mission is the Caulfield Cup on October 17, after co-trainers Leon MacDonald and Andrew Grujas chose a $ 5 million handicap over the Cox Plate the following week.
A 4-year-old player who won a great 4th place when beaten in a blanket finish with a place getter at Turnbull Stakes weighs only 52.5 kg in the call field. The weight turned out to be too attractive for the connection.
He is 4kg less than he carried on Saturday and meets Turnbull place getters (Berry Elegant, Tofitan, Finche) in good weight conditions at the Caulfield Cup.
However, Darasan will be celebrating his fourth jockey in the campaign after former Adelaide rider Jamie Carr has committed to British galloper Prince of Alan in the Colefield and Melbourne Cups.
Jason Holder rode a horse at Morphetville’s Spring Stakes and Leon MacDonald’s stakes before Jordan Childs mounted on Flemington’s Makai BD Bastakes.
“There are no riders at this stage,” McDonald’s said. “He got well after Saturday and went home the next day.
“He was soaking in the water for an hour on the beach yesterday (Monday) and looked great. He would just hang out and spend a good deal of time on the beach, especially this week.
“He does a little work on Thursday morning, but he doesn’t do much until the next run.”
Darasan’s consistency is amazing, with seven out of 19 starts and six more appearances. He hasn’t finished beyond fifth place yet.
McDonald’s admits Darasan’s class and honesty, but he admits that horses can pass the spring without a win.
“I know it well, but he’s not too far from them,” he said. “He can be tough and back up. He can do all sorts of things.
“He is very competitive in every race. When I was a kid, there was a horse called Dauragiri. He was a champion racehorse, but every time he turned, he went to the Lord and Tarock. I came across a lot of seconds that could happen to a horse.
“Darasan has won 2.5 million, so don’t worry too much.”
Originally the weight was published as suitable for Darasan to work on the cup