GEELONG OR MOONEE VALLEY OPTIONS FOR PATRICK ERIN

New Zealand-owned stayer Patrick Erin looks likely to miss a run in Saturday’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), for which he is first emergency.

Trainer Chris Waller reported the last start Gr.1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) winner has arrived safely into the Flemington stable.

“Unfortunately he is the first emergency in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday but if he does gain a start he certainly deserves his position there after winning the Metropolitan.

“His runs this preparation have all been very good – not just winning the Metropolitan but his run prior to that behind Avilius and Brimham Rocks which seems to be good form.

“It was certainly an eye catching run and a tough 2400m is exactly what he is looking for.

“He is the winner of 11 races on varying tracks from good to soft, Corey Brown is booked to ride on Saturday from barrier 12 so we are just hoping to see him gain a start.”

Should Patrick Erin not gain a Caulfield Cup berth, the Gr.3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on Wednesday or the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) next Saturday are possible plan b options.

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