Raquel in Cox Plate reckoning

Raquel in Cox Plate reckoning

Sunday’s Caulfield Guineas Prelude could form part of a Cox Plate dream for jockey Raquel Clark.

Clark is the regular rider of exciting colt Dalasan, the reigning Caulfield Guineas favourite, who will chase his fifth win in six starts in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

It could be argued Dalasan should be unbeaten with his only defeat being an unlucky second in the Group II VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in the autumn.

Dalasan was a powerful second-up winner of the Group II Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 14 in the first step to what could be a Cox Plate start at The Valley next month.

Clark said co-trainer Leon Macdonald has brought up the possibility of running the son of Dalakhani in the Cox Plate.

“Leon spoke to me about it the other day. He asked if I could do 49(kg),” Clark said.

“I will remove something to make it happen if I had to! For a rider like me, he’s probably a once in a lifetime horse.

“He probably wouldn’t get the Derby trip, so I think the Cox Plate is a good goal for him.”

Clark said Dalasan would enjoy the 1400m trip at Caulfield on Sunday and he should get the perfect run from barrier four if he jumps as well as he did in the Danehill Stakes.

“He has been really strong early in his races, even at Morphettville, then midway he wants to have a nice breather and he gets a bit lost with his legs and breathing as he’s trying to relax,” Clark said.

“He’s got a really long stride. He’s like good horses, they don’t look like they are going any quicker, they just lengthen their stride.”

Dalasan will progress to the Group I Caulfield Guineas after the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. Clark said the colt would continue to thrive with racing and trackwork.

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