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Caulfield Cup Weight Tempts Volkstok'n'barrell

Wednesday, 9th September 2015

The handicapper has made the task of choosing a primary target a touch easier for the Volkstok'n'barrell camp as they continue to mull over their Melbourne spring carnival alternatives, reports NZ Racing Desk. "The way he's weighted for the Caulfield Cup has to make it a good option," said Chris Gibbs, who prepares the four-year-old with Donna Logan. "He's got 53.5kg and that's an attractive weight, he would get a kilo and a half off Mongolian Khan." Volkstok'n'barrell finished a close seventh when resuming in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago when ridden by Blake Shinn and he will be reunited with Craig Williams in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. Saturday's performance is likely to determine whether he heads toward the Caulfield Cup or the Cox Plate. "We will talk to Craig after the race, we value his opinion, and take it from there," Gibbs said. "There's no rush to make a decision just yet and we'll get Saturday out of the way first." Williams won the Rosehill Guineas on Volkstok'n'barrell in the autumn and was once again aboard the Tavistock gelding in a gallop at Caulfield yesterday morning. "He worked with John Sadler's horse Mutual Regard and he pulled up really well," Gibbs said. "Craig was very happy and when he hopped off he said while Volkstok'n'barrell wasn't quite there yet, he would be competitive on Saturday." he added: "The horse has settled into his routine here and he's eating well so we'll push on again from this run. We want him to be peaking at the right time and he's definitely heading in the right direction." Should the connections of Volkstok'n'barrell decide to target the Caulfield Cup they will require a change of jockey as Williams is already committed to the Japanese stayer Hokko Brave. "As long as our horse is racing well that will sort itself out, they will all be ringing for the ride," Gibbs said.


Volkstok'n'barrell (image: Steve Hart)
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