Constantinople (Image: Racing Photos)
Constantinople is the new $6 favourite for next month's $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) after his luckless fourth-placed effort in Saturday's $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Constantinople and his rider Luke Nolen were never out of trouble in the Caulfield Cup, striking interference down the side of the course and then early at the top of the straight.
However, the Northern Hemisphere three-year-old by Galileo surged once clear in the straight to finish fourth behind Mer De Glace, Vow And Declare and Mirage Dancer.
WATCH: Constantinople's Caulfield Cup run
"It was a brilliant run," said Tom Dabernig, who trains Constantinople in partnership with David and Ben Hayes.
"He got further back than I thought he would, he was second or third-last turning for home and then copped a severe check in the straight.
"He's a big-striding horse and a lot of times when they get disappointed for a run like that they can't get their momentum to finish off.
"However, he overcame that and still attacked the line.
"Luke Nolen thought he would have gone close to winning or run second for sure. So that was a very pleasing run.
"I think he'll be a lot more suited with the bigger track at Flemington.
"We bought him as a Lexus Melbourne Cup horse. Pulling up he wouldn't have blown a candle out.
"He's still a big baby, he's only three and he'll get better with racing."
Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace is $9 second favourite within the market with Vow And Declare, Finche and Surprise Baby next best at $11. Last year's Melbourne Cup quinella Cross Counter and Marmelo are $13 hopes.