TRACK conditions this morning will determine if Moudre takes his place in the field for the $220,000 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield today.
Trainer Ciaron Maher said he would scratch Moudre from the group 2 race over 2400 metres if the track was too hard.
“I’ve been watching the weather patterns closely all week,” Maher said.
“I prefer there is a bit of give in the track. We will not be running him on a rock hard track.
“The track at Flemington last week dried out really quick when we ran in the Bart Cummings Handicap.
“The strong winds meant the track dried out quick last Saturday.”
Maher, who has stables at Winslow and Caulfield, said Moudre had pulled up well from his seventh placing in the Bart Cummings Handicap (2520m).
“His run last week has really topped him off,” the group 1-winning trainer said. “The run did him no harm. It possibly helped him in his campaign.
“We’ve had him down the Mordialloc beach for a wade and he’s feeling a million dollars.
“I originally thought his effort in the Cummings was disappointing but when I look at it more closely it was not a bad effort considering the track had dried out and he does not like that sort of going.”
Maher is facing a battle against time to qualify Moudre for the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup on November 7 but he believes he is still some hope as he has the $300,000 Geelong Cup on October 23 up his sleeve.
“We’ll get over today’s Herbert Power Stakes before anything else but we still have a couple of options and one of those is the Geelong Cup,” Maher said.
“None of the feature races at this time of the year are easy races but we’ll be in there giving it our best shot.”
Maher reported Mr O’Ceirin, his Caulfield Cup runner next Saturday, had pulled up well from his run in the Turnbull Stakes.