Barbaricus eyes Cup start

Barbaricus is bound for the Melbourne Cup after his sensational third as a 120-1 longshot in the Caulfield Cup last Saturday.

Trainer Danny O'Brien said he was excited by the four-year-old's first effort beyond 2000m in the Group 1 feature where he jumped from the outside of the field.

"His effort was terrific, if he draws a gate he may have even pinched it," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said Barbaricus pulled up well from his herculean effort after he was posted wide for the first 1000m of the race before jockey Stephen Baster took the grey to the lead where he gamely held off all challenges expect for Godolphin's All the Good and New Zealand stayer Nom Du Jour.

"He will now go to the Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day before backing up in the Cup."

Barbaricus is 30th in entry for the Melbourne Cup, but is likely to gain a start with many horses above him on the entry list expected to be withdrawn at third declarations next Monday.

Stablemate Douro Valley finished 13th in the Caulfield Cup and will have a month between runs with his next target the Sandown Classic (2400m) on November 15.

"He cost himself any chance when he blew the start on Saturday, but he has come on well since his win the Group 1 Yalumba and the Sandown Classic is nice race for him," O'Brien said.

O'Brien's other Cup bound stayers will be in action at MooneeValley this Saturday with Master O'Reilly jumping from barrier 11 in the Cox Plate and Gallopin, fourth in the Group 1 Metropolitan last start, taking on the Moonee Valley Cup with James Winks aboard.

O'Brien is expected to have just one other runner at the Valley on Saturday with three-year-old Buffett taking on the AAMI Vase (2040m) at his first trip beyond 1700m.

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