20 Oct 2012

Caulfield track will be firm for Caulfield Cup

11:08 am on 20 October 2012

The Caulfield track manager Jason Kerr says his course will be in perfect order for the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne but he will not be doing the international horses any special favours.

Kerr says he expects to have the track rated firm for the meeting and is aware that may not delight some of the European stables.

The rail will be moved out six metres and the surface will receive about 15 millimetres of water before race day.

Kerr says some of the Europeans preferred softer tracks, but the policy in Australia was to have a firm rating.

The connections of French stayer Americain have expressed concern about running on a hard track and doing damage ahead of a tilt at a second Melbourne Cup on November 6th.

But the track forecast should not prove a problem for former English galloper and Cup favourite Glencadam Gold.

Since brought to Australia to the Gai Waterhouse stable, Glencadam Gold has won all four starts and all have been on firm tracks.

Starting from the second widest barrier is one thing he must overcome, but it's not a concern for jockey Jim Cassidy.