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Night's WatchCareer Best Performance by Night’s Watch

Redwood gelding Night’s Watch put up a career best performance to land the A$150,000 Group 3 Bendigo Bank Foundation Cup at Caulfield on Saturday and in the process earned a “free pass” to the A$5,000,000 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup should his owners and Darren Weir decide to push on.

Weir warned post-race on Saturday that it is one step at a time with Night’s Watch, saying he would wait until the gelding has his next start in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes a week before the Caulfield Cup before making a decision. 

“I love backing horses up,” Weir said. “It will be three weeks to the Caulfield Stakes and then if he runs well in the Caulfield Stakes we can back up into the Caulfield Cup. If it’s not this year, it’ll be next year. That’s the beauty with Terry Henderson (OTI Racing) and Gerry Harvey, there’s no pressure.”

Night’s Watch has gone to a new level this preparation, a fact indicated by the sectional times he has recorded in each of his four starts this time in where he continues to run the quickest splits in his races and can keep up a sustained run from the 1200m mark to out-finish his rivals. Night’s Watch is in the Caulfield Cup with just 51kg but he is likely to receive a 1.5kg re-handicap after his impressive win in Saturday’s feature bringing him to 52.5kg, while his record of three starts at Caulfield for three wins stands him in good staid for his upcoming assignments.

The Foundation Cup provided a memorable result for High Chaparral stallion Redwood with another of his progeny, Rising Red, looking all over the winner until Night’s Watch appeared on the scene. Rising Red was runner up (to Gingernuts) in the NZ Derby as a 3YO and won the Group 3 Premier’s Cup at Doomben earlier in the year. He has had two starts back this preparation for two second placings and looks to be coming up very well for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

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