Mirage Dancer took a year to win his first race in Australia but the import will be out to better last year’s third placing in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.
Mirage Dancer ran third to Mer De Glace and Vow And Declare at his Australian debut in the 2019 Caulfield Cup in a performance that promised plenty of wins in 2020.
However, connections had to wait until the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Randwick to celebrate a local win with the son of former champion Frankel.
Co-trainer Trent Busuttin said the handicapper may have overrated Mirage Dancer when he arrived in Australia, compelling the seven-year-old to carry big weights.
“He came over as a bit of a boom horse, which he’s not, but he came over with a bit of a boom horse’s rating and had to carry the big weights,” Busuttin, who trains Mirage Dancer in partnership with Natalie Young, said.
While Mirage Dancer went winless in Australia, he recouped his new owners’ investment. Busuttin said the stallion was going well enough to give connections a windfall in the Caulfield Cup.
Mirage Dancer will have a second crack at a Caulfield Cup win on Saturday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“He ran third in the race last year and I can’t see why he won’t run well,” Busuttin said.
“He’s already won them back their money so they’re very happy with him.
“He’s done his job but it was fantastic and a bit of a relief when he won the Metrop.
“I’m under no illusions, he has got to lift from the Metropolitan but I don’t think it’s any stronger field than last year.
“Anything can win it but I know my bloke can run well. If we get a nice soft run, we can put him to sleep and pick up some of the prizemoney.”
International runners have won the last two Caulfield Cups while the Turnbull Stakes has provided five of the last 11 winners of the $5 million race.
However, Railings and Tawqeet both won the Metropolitan Handicap at Randwick before bringing their form to Melbourne to win the Caulfield Cup in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Originally published asMirage back for another Cup dance
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