Vow And Declare finishing second to Mer De Glace in the Caulfield Cup win (Image: Racing Photos)
Australian-bred stayer Vow And Declare produced a slashing Lexus Melbourne Cup trial in the Caulfield Cup but his place in the field on the first Tuesday of November is far from assured.
Vow And Declare was runner-up, beaten a length by Mer De Glace in Saturday's $5 millon Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The result ensured he rose from 36thto 31st in the elimination order for the $8m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5.
"You'd expect with normal attrition he'd get into the field," said Danny O'Brien, trainer of Vow And Declare.
"It'd be a real shame if an Australian horse like him doesn't get a run in the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
"He, Steel Prince and Surprise Baby are three promising young local stayers that have got a chance of winning."
He is now an $11 chance for the Lexus Melbourne Cup after producing what O'Brien described as a 'really strong Cup trial'.
"I'm very pleased with him," O'Brien said.
"We were always very wary that Caulfield probably wouldn't be ideal for him and he just grabbed a bit and was a bit awkward around the corner and got a bit further back than what we wanted to be as a result.
"But he was strong late and that's what we know he can do and he's going to be better getting to Flemington and also rising to 3200 metres."
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