17th September 2020 Cascadian to offer spring credentials in G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield

Mike Hedge

A pair of encouraging lead up runs are expected to have Cascadian ready to define his spring campaign when he runs in Saturday’s G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

A horse who began his career with a flourish by winning three of his first four starts in France, Cascadian has shown enough promise in Australia to lead his trainer James Cummings to believe he is capable of top-level success.

“With reasonable luck he could have won the G1 Doncaster Handicap last season and his two runs this time in have both been encouraging,” Cummings said.

Cascadian has finished fourth in G2 races over Saturday’s 1,400m trip at Caulfield at his two runs this time in, most recently behind Behemoth, who opposes again, in the Memsie Stakes.

“He’s a horse who is fit after two good efforts and he might have got the knack of Caulfield by now,” his trainer said.

Damien Oliver who handled Cascadian in both races retains the ride on Saturday with Cummings relying on the result as a guide to the remainder of the spring.

“I think he has to lift to be competitive here, but I believe he can do that,” he said.

“As a handicap, this race should be easier than his first two and it might lead the way to a winnable Toorak Handicap."

Cascadian meets Behemoth 2kg better at the weights from their latest meeting in an evenly graded race.

Cummings also has an eye to the spring plans for Roheryn (John Allen) who steps up to G1 level in the Rupert Clarke following a last-start G3 win in Sydney.

“He’s yet to prove himself at the distance in two attempts,” Cummings said.

“But if he can handle the 1400m challenge, it opens up a lot more options for him.”

Roheryn is also an acceptor in Sydney on Saturday with a decision on where he runs to be confirmed.

The same is the case for Thermosphere, who along with Silhouette is an acceptor in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes.

Two runs this preparation have Thermosphere in peak condition with her chances likely to improve on a wet track, while Silhouette is first-up in Saturday’s race restricted to three-year-old fillies.

The Caulfield Stakes team is completed by Lyre (Luke Currie) who runs in the G3 How Now Stakes with co-trainer Sam Freedman encouraged by the filly’s first-up second in the same class at the same track two weeks ago.

“She went into that race with some improvement to make but still ran very well,” Freedman said.

“An extra 100m here won’t do her any harm and we’re looking forward to seeing her get back to her best over the course and distance of her G1 Blue Diamond win.”

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