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Littorio draws well in Caulfield Cup


Caulfield Cup favourite Littorio today drew exactly where trainer Nigel Blackiston had hoped in Saturday’s $2.5 million race.

Nigel Blackiston

Littorio will start from barrier 10, a position Blackiston believes will give him all the options he needs.

"He can balance up from there and we’ve got a few more choices than if we were inside," Blackiston said.

The gelding remained a $5 chance after what leading bookmaker Alan Eskander described as an "unremarkable" barrier draw.

The inside gate in the race regarded as one of the toughest 2400m handicaps in the world went to New Zealander Red Ruler with the emergency acceptor Barbaricus drawing the outside gate in the 18-horse field.

For trainer Mark Kavanagh, the draw provided him with his second barrier disaster in as many years.

Kavanagh’s runner Maldivian drew barrier 18, having last year suffered an injury in the gates when a short-priced favourite.

"You can’t do anything about it," Kavanagh said.

"The horse is going as good as he has gone this time in, we’ll just have to see."

In a happier frame of mind was trainer Ross McDonald whose boom galloper Weekend Hussler drew 11.

A raging favourite until he failed last start in the Turnbull Stakes, Weekend Hussler is a solid second favourite at $6 with TAB Sportsbet.