New Zealand-bred and owned warhorse Who Shot Thebarman will be vying to make it back-to-back wins in the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) when he lines up on Saturday.
The Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) winner has been unplaced in all of his three starts this spring and his trainer Chris Waller is hoping for an improved performance from the evergreen stayer.
“He gets back on a good track on Saturday and up to a more suitable distance so from barrier 7 it should see him settle midfield,” Waller said.
“His fitness levels seems fine and he has arrived safely and settled back into Flemington without any issues.”
While the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) remains the ultimate spring goal for the 10-year-old gelding, Waller said a decision will be made on the remainder of his spring campaign after Saturday.
“It is a stronger race than what he won last year, but nonetheless it is a good yard stick as to where he might be heading beyond Saturday,” he said.
“We will hope for a fair run, get a good gauge on where he is at and hopefully he has another win left in him.”