Capecover to attempt to make Cup field through Saab

Capecover will attempt to gain entry into the $A5.65 million Melbourne Cup through the Saab Quality just three days before Australia’s most famous race.

The winner of the Saab (2500m) on November 1 gains automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Trainer Alexander Fieldes said he had bypassed races such as tomorrow’s Geelong Cup and Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup to keep Capecover fresh.

The six-year-old ran second to Reggie in the Moe Cup (2050m) last week when ridden by Craig Williams.

“Craig said he raced quite dourly as if he would have appreciated 2400-2500 metres, but said he surged before the line and took quite some time to pull up. He said not to be disappointed by the run,” Fieldes said.

Capecover is 51st in order of entry into the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field and there is a minor possibility that even if he didn’t win the Saab he could sneak into the field, with a high attrition rate expected when the third acceptances are taken on Monday before the final field is declared after racing on November 1.

If the horse fails to make the Cup field, Fieldes said he would look at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m) on the last day of the Flemington carnival or the Sandown Classic (2400m) a week later, provided the horse was still in top condition.

By Greg Tourelle