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Night's Watch Caulfield BNight’s Watch Chasing Caulfield Cup Start

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir will be a little clearer on what direction he takes with the talented Redwood gelding Night’s Watch after Saturday’s Foundation Cup Gr.3. Should Night’s Watch be able to win at Caulfield on Saturday he will earn a free pass to the A$5,000,000 Caulfield Cup with the winner of the Naturalism being exempt from ballot should Weir choose to head that way with the horse.

Night’s Watch has been in terrific form this preparation where he has had three starts for an impressive win at Caulfield two starts back, a second at Flemington in a fresh state, while his step to ‘Town Hall’ company in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes produced a first class effort for third when beaten just 0.3 of a length behind Magic Consul and Homesman, and finishing ahead of Hartnell, Bonneval, Ambitious, Mighty Boss, and Hiyaam.

Night’s Watch has always looked a horse with good ability but it is fair to say that he has made excellent progress as a 5YO and he has now risen to the top grade relatively quickly. Should Weir decide to go down the Caulfield Cup path, the horse will come into the race with just 51kg on his back, while there will be a number of other options during the spring for the exciting galloper.  

Top hoop Damian Lane will be reunited with Night’s Watch on Saturday after missing the ride last start when under suspension

Night’s Watch is raced by his breeder Gerry Harvey’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd along with OTI Racing, JB Hart, MJ Davies, Mrs B Wood, PN Kean, A Cox, TN Porter, Mrs BE Porter, WS Pelchen, Mrs VL Pelchen, JP Spence, Mrs JT Spence, & Uthmeyer Racing. 

Redwood will have a second string to his bow in the naturalism on Saturday with Group 3 winner Rising Red also in the field after resuming with an excellent run for second at Moonee Valley two weeks ago. Placed in the New Zealand Derby as a three-year-old, Rising Red won the Premier’s Cup at Doomben in the autumn and looks to have returned in good shape for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

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