THE exuberant logic of Gai Waterhouse on the eve of big races is always welcome and often justified.
And her contribution to the debate on tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup is typically upbeat.
Waterhouse will saddle Glencadam Gold, who started favourite in last year’s cup, and Julienas who scraped into this year’s race on the vote of the Melbourne Racing Club committee.
Both horses are longshots in tomorrow’s $2.5 million race — but their trainer is confident both can defy the bookies’ assessment.
Julienas is a vastly underrated $26 chance — but also a winning one.
“He’s your long-shot in the Caulfield Cup, he’s absolutely flying,” Waterhouse said.
“He’s been carrying big weights, he drops to the limit, he’s really got a great chance.”
The MRC and handicapper Greg Carpenter are among those who agree.
When the last spot among the 18 guaranteed starters rested between Julienas and the well-performed English runner Forgotten Voice, they gave the nod to the Waterhouse horse on the strength of his last-start second in the Metropolitan at Randwick.
Waterhouse’s other runner, Glencadam Gold, is at $41, thanks largely to a poor run in the Turnbull Stakes last time out.
“He’s been working the place down, can’t fault him,” Waterhouse said.
“Last year he was the favourite and he came from a wide barrier and pulled his head off in front and then ran much better in the Melbourne Cup.
“Now that he’s been around Caulfield he’ll be a lot better. I think he’s very good value.”