STAR Japanese stayer Admire Deus will round off his preparation for the $3 million Caulfield Cup and the $6.25 million Melbourne Cup in Warrnambool.
Admire Deus leaves the Werribee quarantine station on Saturday morning and heads to Caulfield, where the seven-year-old will have a gallop with champion jockey Craig Williams aboard before heading to Warrnambool.
Darren Weir took over the training of Admire Deus after Australian Bloodstock purchased the stallion more than two months ago, with the Caulfield and Melbourne cups firmly on the agenda.
Weir’s Warrnambool satellite foreman Jarrod McLean is keenly awaiting the arrival of Admire Deus.
“Admire Deus will be a great addition to our stable,” McLean said. “He should create a lot of interest down here. I’ve never seen him, but there are big wraps on the horse from Weiry and Craig Williams.
“I’m not sure what work we’ve got to do with him in the lead-up to the Caulfield and Melbourne cups – that’s up to Weiry.
“I would think he’ll spend some time working at the beach. He should create plenty of interest down here as he’s very well credentialled stayer and is highly-rated for the both cups.”
McLean was tight-lipped regarding numbers that Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable will have in the cups.
“We’re only taking things one day at a time,” he said. “There’s a lot of water can go under the bridge before both races.”
Admire Deus is a $11 chance to win the October 20 Caulfield Cup and a $12 hope to take out the Melbourne Cup on November 7.