Ultra consistent Dalasan’s next mission will be the Caulfield Cup on October 17 after co-trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas opted for the $5 million handicap in preference to the Cox Plate the following week.
The four-year-old, coming off a superb fourth in the Turnbull Stakes when beaten in a blanket finish with the placegetters, has just 52.5kg at Caulfield. The weight proved too enticing for connections.
It is 4kg less than he carried on Saturday and he meets the placegetters in the Turnbull — Verry Elleegant, Toffee Tongue and Finche — on superior weight terms in the Caulfield Cup.
However, Dalasan will have his fourth jockey this campaign after former Adelaide rider Jamie Kah committed to Great Britain galloper Prince Of Arran for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Dalasan (left) will line up in the Caulfield Cup at his next start. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Jason Holder rode the horse in the Spring Stakes and Leon Macdonald Stakes at Morphettville, before Jordan Childs had the mount in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
“We don’t have a rider at this stage,” Macdonald said. “He pulled up fine after Saturday and came home the next day.
“He had an hour in the water at the beach yesterday (Monday) and looks great. He will just bob around and spend a fair bit of time at the beach, especially this week.
“He’ll do a bit of work Thursday morning, but he won’t be doing much before his next run.”
Dalasan’s consistency is remarkable, winning seven of 19 starts and being placed another six times. He has yet to finish further back than fifth.
Dalasan pulled up well after his fourth in the Turnbull Stakes. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
While Macdonald acknowledges the class and honesty of Dalasan, he admits the horse could go through the spring without a win.
“I’m well aware of that, but he is not far off them,” he said. “He is tough and can back up, he can do all sorts of things.
“Every race he is a very competitive. Going back when I was a kid there was a horse called Dhaulagiri. He was a champion racehorse, but ran into Lord and Tulloch every time he went around. There were lots of seconds, that can happen to a horse.
“Dalasan has won two and a quarter million so I can’t worry about him too much.”
Originally published asWeight is right for Dalasan to tackle Cup
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