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Verminator To Miss Caulfield & Target Melb Cup
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller confirmed he will not run last weekend’s Gr1 The Metropolitan-winning 5YO gelding The Verminator (Jeune-Fraar Side, by Fraar) in Saturday week’s Caulfield Cup, but instead aim his solely at the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 1. Waller told racenet.com.au: “I’ve looked back over the past 10 years or so & even though a couple of Metropolitan winners have won the Caulfield Cup, they haven’t been sighted in the Melbourne Cup, that’s if they make it. We want to have a crack at the Mebourne Cup & be at our best.” Waller also noted The Verminator (a son of 1994 Melbourne Cup winner Jeune out of a mare by 1993 Caulfield Cup winner Fraar) “was on empty on Saturday” & won’t race again until Derby Day (October 29) “probably in the Mackinnon (2000m)”.