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Wide Draw To Test Kiwi Colt

Friday, 14th October 2016

Damien Oliver will need to call on all his champion riding skills to give Highlad (High Chaparral-My Lady's Chamber, by Arena) any chance of victory at Caulfield tomorrow, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Victorian jockey will guide the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained three-year-old from the outside gate (barrier 14) against a strong line-up in the Gr3 Caulfield Classic over 2000 metres. Oliver and Highlad also drew wide when they combined to finish third last time out in the Listed UCI Stakes, but Baker won't be weighing the champion jockey down with pre-race instructions. "We will leave it up to Ollie," Baker said. "He's won 105 Group One races." Highlad has had only three starts with his domestic form including a victory in the Listed Wanganui Guineas before heading to Melbourne. "We are pretty happy with him," Baker said. "He has taken improvement from his last run." He added: "He did a lot of work into a strong wind last start. It was also his first run for a month and he stuck on well. I think he's a pretty good horse." Another bold showing from Highlad on Saturday would confirm plans to run him in the Victoria Derby. From the stakes winning mare My Lady's Chamber, Highlad hails from the same female family as Gr2 Magic Night Stakes winner Regal Chamber and her Gr1 winning Coolmore Classic winner Regal Cheer (Arena). Regal Cheer, in turn, is the dam of dual stakes-winning sprinter Knoydart.

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