The Matt Cumani-trained San Huberto is borderline to make the Caulfield Cup field
Ballarat horseman Matt Cumani is one of the trainers anxiously awaiting Wednesday’s release of the field for Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.
Cumani took over the care of the international galloper San Huberto from Frenchman Fabrice Chappet earlier this month but the stallion isn’t certain to make the Caulfield Cup field.
San Huberto was officially 26th in the Caulfield Cup order of entry on Tuesday.
However, Cumani said his calculations of horses likely to run in or bypass the $5 million event left him thinking San Huberto would be one of the emergencies on Saturday.
He‘s probably second or third emergency at this stage, it depends what happens in the Coongy tomorrow and also depends on the weather a fair bit as well,” Cumani said.
“I think a few trainers are unsure what the ground is going to be, so we have to plan and program for Saturday.”
Matt Cumani has taken over the training of the international runner San Huberto. Pic: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
Cumani’s back-up plan is to get San Huberto into the Melbourne Cup via next Wednesday’s Geelong Cup.
San Huberto is 33rd in line for a Melbourne Cup start. Only the top 24 qualifiers can run in the $8 million race.
“We were intending on giving him a gallop on Thursday thinking that we were most likely running in the Geelong Cup but it looks like we could get into the Caulfield Cup which will be really exciting,” Cumani said.
“If at 7:30am on Saturday we don‘t get in we can give him another little gallop ahead of the Geelong Cup the following Wednesday.“
Jockey Fred Kersley had his first ride on San Huberto at Werribee on Tuesday. Cumani said San Huberto would enjoy a bigger track than the tight circuit at the quarantine centre.
“He‘s a bit of a leggy, gangly sort of horse and it takes him a bit to get organised,” Cumani said.
“It‘s a bit of a tight turn around Werribee but as soon as he got into the straight he lengthened nicely
“I was very happy and I think Fred was as well.“
Originally published asCaulfield Cup wait for Cumani
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