October 19, 2020 3:01 pm. A shock last-start defeat has not diminished Danny O’Brien’s confidence in Russian Camelot.
Danny O’Brien’s confidence in Russian Camelot has not been shaken by his shock defeat within the Caulfield Stakes.
If something, the trouble boosted the coach’s perception that he’s an enormous probability within the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Within the Caulfield Stakes, Russian Camelot had no reply to the paralysing ending burst of West Australian raider Arcadia Queen, who sprinted previous him as he held on for second.
O’Brien is trying ahead to a rematch along with her as he believes the Cox Plate might be run at a sooner tempo than the Caulfield Stakes through which Russian Camelot wasn’t suited by the extraordinarily sluggish tempo.
“The Cox Plate might be run at a a lot sooner clip than the Caulfield Stakes, which is able to swimsuit Russian Camelot,” O’Brien stated.
“Within the end Arcadia Queen, who’s a top-class horse, reeled off the quickest final 200 metres for the day so his effort was excellent. It’s onerous to carry out a dash like that.”
O’Brien stated Russian Camelot had come out of the race in nice form and was prepared for the Cox Plate the place he might be ridden by Damien Oliver.
Oliver has gained the Cox Plate twice aboard Dane Ripper in 1997 and Northerly in 2001.
Russian Camelot has maintained favouritism for the Cox Plate over Arcadia Queen.
The race may also comprise worldwide raiders Armory, Sir Dragonet, Aspetar and Magic Wand, in addition to two stars from the Sydney carnival in Epsom Handicap winner Probabeel and Kolding.
Humidor will line up in his third Cox Plate having completed second in 2017 and third in 2018, every time behind Winx.
O’Brien is on the lookout for his second Cox Plate win as he was additionally profitable with Shamus Award in 2013.
The coach was proud of Russian Camelot’s work at Moonee Valley on Saturday morning.
The Cox Plate is the four-year-old’s major purpose for the spring however he additionally stays on monitor for the Melbourne Cup after he contests Saturday’s weight-for-age championship.