Exactly seven weeks ago, on these very pages, I gave you the winner of the Caulfield Cup.
A long-range tip, for one of our great races. The feedback was overwhelming.
The great majority of you had a hearty laugh, and marked the selection ‘Can’t Possibly Win – tipster an absolute dud.’
Hard to argue with that. It must be said, my record in the 2400 metre event is less than flattering.
But a select few, obviously with way more dollars than sense, jumped on board. Without telling anyone. Just in case.
I’ve fancied Lights of Heaven for a while now. Since Peter Moody started wrapping her two seasons back. Something special.
Things didn’t work out last Spring. The mare needed more time. Moody admitted he needed to re-adjust his thinking with her.
She was a different horse in Brisbane over the winter. Improved every run. Blew them away at Eagle Farm. With some left in the tank.
Granted, the smarties still don’t accept the Queensland form as genuine. More fool them.
Moody has always had this race in mind for her. Even when the current campaign started shakily. He hasn’t wavered. And as the big day approached, the pieces have tumbled into place.
Luke Nolen selected her, over the stable’s two other runners, both imports. Rest assured, if Moody thought the others were better chances, Luke would have been on them.
She’s carrying 53 kilos. A luxury impost for a quality performer. And the camp draws barrier 8 during the week. Perfect.
It will be run at a genuine clip. The on-pacers, including the highly fancied Glencadam Gold, will be at each other for the first half of the race. That’s not the way to win a Caulfield Cup.
Nope. The winner will get a cosy run. A world away from the battle up front.
The big question is .. is she good enough? Does she have the talent to hold off the overseas raiders?
I think she does. We’re about to see the best of her, striding past them on her home track. The great man from Charleville will be holding the Cup aloft.
Seven weeks ago, when I gave her the big tick, she was paying 21 dollars. If you were jumping on last night, you would have had to settle for 8 bucks. And don’t be surprised if she keeps tightening during the day.
The internationals will have their turn in a few weeks at Flemington. But not today. Wish us luck.
When you collect, as big Pete is downing that frosty Queensland brew, remember to keep a few dollars aside for my Cox Plate tip. Another special. More on that next week.