Craig Williams has given a glowing endorsement of Cups contender Admire Deus after piloting the Japanese raider in a strong gallop at Werribee on Tuesday morning.
The Darren Weir-trained stayer was given his most serious piece of work since arriving in Melbourne seven days ago, warming up with stablemate Sixties Groove before working solo from the 1600m chute.
Williams, who partnered the entire for the first time during a recent trip to Japan, let Admire Deus build into his work gradually before clicking him up a gear at the 800m and was delighted with the response from the seven-year-old.
"I've been really happy with his preparation and Darren Weir has been down to look at him and he's really happy with the way he looks since he's come out," Williams said.
"He was in good order this morning, nice and fluent in his action and every time I asked him he responded nicely.
"He is actually rated higher than those two horses (Admire Rakti and Hokko Brave) and his form suggests he can win the Caulfield Cup and he can win the Melbourne Cup.
"Most importantly, so far in his work he's felt like he has brought that out to Melbourne which is fantastic."
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