International stayer Raymond Tusk will not be an acceptor for the Caulfield Cup and is instead being saved for the Melbourne Cup.
Turnbull Stakes winner Kings Will Dream is also a non-runner with trainer Chris Waller to target the Cox Plate 2019.
Raymond Tusk was safely in Saturday’s $5 million Caulfield Cup field as No.18 in the ballot order with a number of runners above him declared as non-acceptors.
Trained by Richard Hannon, Raymond Tusk was a last-start fourth behind Mustajeer in British racing’s richest handicap, the Ebor at York in August.
Raymond Tusk is a $26 chance in Melbourne Cup betting with Australian-trained gallopers Finche and Surprise Baby sharing favouritism at $9.
Kings Will Dream held a ballot exemption into the 2019 Caulfield Cup for his win in the Turnbull at Flemington on October 5.
Previously trained by the disqualified Darren Weir, Kings Will Dream suffered a serious pelvic injury in last year’s Cox Plate.
Japanese mare Lys Gracieux heads Cox Plate odds at $4.50 ahead of Avilius at $6 with Kings Will Dream a $15 chance.
Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au