Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman know what it takes to prepare a Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner, having put the polish on 2015 victor Mongolian Khan.
The champion New Zealand trainers will be represented in the $5 million contest by The Chosen One on Saturday, with the four-year-old son of Savabeel rocketing into contention care of a dominant win in last week’s G2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).
The stars looked to be aligning for the talented entire, who has been allotted just 52kg for the Caulfield Cup, however, Wednesday’s barrier draw has made replacement rider Stephen Baster’s task tougher, with The Chosen One set to jump from the outside barrier in the capacity field of 18.
“It is far from ideal, that’s for sure, but he is a horse whose racing pattern is to get back and come with one run,” Forsman said.
“To do that from the outside barrier draw obviously makes it even harder because you think at some point he is going to get caught wide. Hopefully he can get that spot with a bit of cover two or three off the fence.
“I guess the key will be following the right horses into the race at the right time.
“Hopefully they go quick enough up front, but those sort of things you can’t bank on, you just have to wait and see how it all plays out.”