FLR stable favourite Kaching heads to Caulfield with a flicker of his owners Magic Millions dream alive if he can produce something special for them all on Saturday.
Kaching is first-up at Caulfield on Saturday carrying a Magic Millions dream for his owners
With in form trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace already having the Magic Millions 2YO favourite in Dubious a confirmed starter for Australia's richest raceday, #TeamFIRST owners in Kaching are dreaming he can keep that exciting 2YO company next week.
"There's a flicker" said FLR's Tim Wilson. "Like all good plans in racing we aimed to have Kaching 3rd-up next Saturday and enroute to the Gold Coast before he suffered a minor setback around early last month"
He's over that now, he's trialled excellently and we simply heading to Caulfield on Saturday with a 'win and he's in' approach to the $1 million 1400m Magic Millions Trophy"
In fairness, we've set the bar high as he sits mid 20s in the order of entry for next Saturday's $1m race so he needs to win this coming Saturday to not only justify the 5-figure flight north but also bump himself up the order of entry"
Kaching has won three times over 1400m and he looks to add a first-up 1400m win to his impressive record on Saturday
Coming off a career campaign - it'd take a brave punter to say Kaching couldn't win in the style necessary on Saturday where he sits on the 3rd line of betting despite not having won first-up from 4 attempts.
"His first-up form is misleading" said co-trainer David Eustace. "He's hasn't won first-up but he's placed 3 times from 4 first-up runs and one of them was a close-up 3rd to subsequent Group 1 winner Peaceful State while another time he finished 2nd in a good race but pulled-up with an issue.
He loves the 1400m (three time winner) and he's trialled really well with Mark Zahra aboard who rides him Saturday"
Making the challenge of Saturday harder is Kaching has drawn the outside gate in 15 meaning Mark Zahra will have go back in the run and while the team have set the bar high on his first-up expectations it's not this year or bust for the lightly raced son of So You Think.
"While he had issues as a younger horse he's come through that now and presents as a lightly raced 5-year-old" said Eustace.
So while it might yet prove a bridge too far this season, Eustace isn't just thinking short-term with Kaching.
"Its a $1million race and there's no reason we can't target it again in 12 months and 24 months time and hence the temptation to send him to the Gold Coast this year as it'll only make it easier if we head there again next year and the year after"
Black Sail heads to Caulfield on Saturday looking to turn four consecutive minor placings into his 3rd career win
Kaching heads to Caulfield along with the ultra consistent Black Sail who looks to continue his fruitful campaign for his owners
"You'd love to own him (Black Sail)" said Eustace before joking "you wouldn't love him as a punter"
Black Sail has just the 2 wins and 9 placings but with prizemoney approaching $200k he's been a dream for his owners and a return to the winner stall on Saturday wouldn't surprise given the red hot form of Maher & Eustace who delivered the 16th winner for #TeamFIRST this season when Bold Arial won on New Years Eve.
Bold Arial surges clear to make it winner #16 for #TeamFIRST this season and she's another star on the rise for the FLR & Ciaron Maher / David Eustace team