Chapada wins ticket into Caulfield Cup, but there are now doubts over another prominent galloper

Best-laid Caulfield Cup plans went astray for one highly-rated horse but were confirmed for another as Chapada won his way into next Saturday’s $5 million race.

Bookies reacted savagely to Orderofthegarter finishing last in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), winding out his price for next Saturday’s Caulfield Cup from $8 to $26.

The Herbert Power threw up just as many questions as answers as Lloyd Williams-owned Orderofthegarter threw his head around in the race and didn’t fire a shot as the $2.60 favourite.

The Danny O’Brien-trained former import had already confirmed his spot in the Caulfield Cup thanks to his win in the Naturalism Stakes but Saturday was his first try beyond 2000m since arriving in Australia.

Chapada and Daniel Stackhouse gain the upper hand in the 2400m staying feature.Source:Getty Images

Orderofthegarter finished more than 5.5 lengths from the winner after settling in second in the Herbert Power, dropping back noticeably, and there now must be a major Caulfield Cup query on him.

“I just think he struggled at the mile-and-a-half to be fair. He just raced a little fierce and didn’t run out the trip,” O’Brien said post-race, as vets found no abnormalities.

However Mike Moroney was all smiles with Chapada winning his way into the Caulfield Cup, with bookies slashing his Cup price from $101-$26 after claiming the win-and-you’re in Herbert Power.

Chapada after winning the final race at Caulfield. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Chapada has just 50.5kg in the Caulfield Cup and Moroney is on the lookout for a lightweight jockey there is even some possibility Jye McNeil could do the job.

McNeil was well on the way to wasting to 51kg to ride Orderofthegarter next Saturday and if that galloper doesn’t take his place, shedding another 500 grams probably wouldn’t be too much trouble.

Regardless, Moroney is sure backing up in next Saturday’s Cup won’t be an issue for Chapada.

“He’s a tough sort of horse,” Moroney said.

“He’ll come through well enough. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t. He’s pretty laid back and his fitness is pretty good now.

“The horse deserves that, he was pretty unlucky in Group I races when he was a three-year-old. “

Chapada, who could now get a Melbourne Cup weight penalty, has come in from $101 to $51 to win the big race on the first Tuesday in November.


Originally published asSliding doors: One fires, one flops ahead of Caulfield Cup

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