Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Boss hopes Sir Lucan can give Melbourne Cup a shake

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Sir Lucan with Gai Waterhouse and Glen Boss
Source: Racenet
Words: Brad Waters

 

Jockey Glen Boss is predicting a favourites’ year but hasn’t ruled out winning a fourth Melbourne Cup aboard import Sir Lucan. Boss won the Cox Plate on Sir Lucan’s ill-fated brother Sir Dragonet last year for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace camp. He will ride Sir Lucan for his new trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott at Flemington on Tuesday.

Sir Lucan made a good first impression on Boss in a light workout at Werribee on Sunday morning. But Boss said those at the top of the weights would present a tough challenge in the Melbourne Cup. “In my opinion, it is a top-weight year. I think they pick themselves the ones up the top, last year’s winner (Twilight Payment), Spanish Mission and obviously Incentivise pick themselves as the class runners. If there was one down the bottom that might trouble them, it’s this horse.” Boss said.

Boss said Sir Lucan was an exciting horse but he might not be mature enough to handle a Melbourne Cup at only his ninth start. He said the northern-hemisphere three-year-old would either relish the occasion or struggle in the pressure of the big race.  “He’s either going to do one of two things, he’s either not going to cope with the day and not run well or he’s going to cope with the day and he’s going to run out of his skin. I hope it’s the latter.” Boss said.

Incentivise is the short-priced favourite to win the Melbourne Cup for trainer Peter Moody and jockey Brett Prebble but Boss said Australian racing’s newest star needed to prove himself in two areas. “He’s clearly the benchmark horse in Australia, there’s a few things that he has to come up against. It’s his first time over two miles. I think it’s not a problem but he’s still got to do it and he’s going to run into a horse called Spanish Mission.” Boss said.

Boss and Waterhouse agreed Sir Lucan would be a better Melbourne Cup chance in 2022. Waterhouse went within a length of winning the 2012 Melbourne Cup with Fiorente at his Australian debut before the stayer returned to win the race the next year.

However, Waterhouse said Sir Lucan was not as mature as Fiorente at the same stage. “He’s a very talented and very athletic but Fiorente was ready to rock and roll, this horse is still a preparation away.”  Waterhouse said Sir Lucan had the potential to become a top weight-for-age performer in Australia on his way to next year’s Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

“I think he can be both. I think he has the makings of a top-class horse, I think it might all happen a bit too quickly this Tuesday.” Waterhouse said

TAB has Sir Lucan at $26 in its latest Melbourne Cup betting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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