A fourth attempt at the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will hang in the balance at Moonee Valley on October 27 for Who Shot Thebarman.

The Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) winner will line-up in the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) off the back of a disappointing ninth-placing in wet conditions to compatriot Moss ‘n’ Dale in the Gr.3 Graven Plate (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

“He’s a really good horse and he’s won on heavy tracks before, but he wasn’t at home at all in the going on Saturday, it was just as wet as it gets in Sydney,” trainer Chris Waller said.

“We’ll make sure he’s come through the race well and at this stage it looks like he has, but we’ll do some other checks as well to make sure he’s 100 percent.

“We’ll head to Moonee Valley for the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, which he won last year, and that will decide whether he progresses to the Melbourne Cup or not.” – NZ Racing Desk