There’s never been a better time for young Werther to stand out than with Saturday’s $5 million Caulfield Cup.
It’s hard to believe that Young Werther has only Geelong first success in the winning column, but he still puts in over $850,000 for his 10 start connections.
Young Werther finished third after Denis Pagan-trained Johnny Get Angry at last year’s Victoria Derby and narrowly entered the Explosive Jack at the Australian Derby in Sydney in April.
Young Werther could be a double Derby winner if he gets lucky, but O’Brien said Tavistock’s son has long been a Caulfield Cup prospect for the stable.
It would just take some time.
“We’ve been really thinking about this race since this time last year,” O’Brien said.
“He had a nice little campaign in Sydney and he was touched in Derby.
“He would always mature into a lovely horse at age four because he was quite immature at age three.”
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Young Werther (left) takes a half-length lap from Caulfield Cup favorite Incentivize in the Turnbull Stakes. Image: Getty Images
O’Brien shared the 2007 Caulfield Cup with Master O’Reilly and Douro Valley.
Master O’Reilly made his way into the Caulfield Cup after winning the Herbert Power Stakes, while Douro Valley performed strongly in the race after finishing well in that year’s Turnbull Stakes.
Young Werther took the final Caulfield Cup lead in the Turnbull Stakes on October 2nd, placing second behind raging Cup favorites Incentivise.
Young Werther ran Encouragement halfway through the Turnbull Stakes.
O’Brien said the 2400m step would give Young Werther a chance to make up for the half-height gap in the Caulfield Cup.
“Turnbull is generally a really good form race going towards both the (Caulfield and Melbourne) Cups and Young Werther has produced a pretty solid run at Turnbull,” said O’Brien.
Danny O’Brien is looking for a second Caulfield Cup win with Young Werther. Image: Race Photos with Getty Images
“Incentivise is definitely the favourite, having two really impressive Group 1 victories but that’s a huge handicap and we only have 52.5kg.
“2400m is up our street and possibly further.
“We have a realistic chance of upsetting him, but we understand that it won’t be easy.”
Young Werther’s jockey Daniel Moor noted that the Young Werther camp paid homage to Incentivize, but the favorite’s 18th barrier shot helped their opponents.
“We’re not afraid of Incentivize, but we’re very respectful nonetheless, because he’s a very good horse with weird qualities,” said Moor. said.
“The drawing of lots probably puts a little more of a wrench on that camp’s business than it does for us.
“We have a good draw and a light weight, so we are part of the road.”
Young Werther rose from $11 to $10 on TAB’s post-barrier draw betting market.
Incentivize has dropped from $2.40 to $2.60 but will start to be a favorite in the Caulfield Cup.