Trainer Chris Waller will saddle two horses in the 2016 Caulfield Cup following confirmation the promising stayer Antonio Giuseppe will miss the race and head to the spelling paddock.
Antonio Giuseppe will be sent to the spelling paddock. Photo: Steve Hart
Waller announced the decision to spell Antonio Giuseppe in a statement on Monday morning.
“I had not been completely satisfied with his action since the McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan on October 1 and our vet has diagnosed some muscle damage,” Waller said.
“For this reason, he will be spelled immediately and be prepared for an Autumn 2017 campaign. He made excellent progression this preparation and I eagerly await his return next year.
“At this stage we will have two runners in the Caulfield Cup, Preferment (Hugh Bowman) and Sacred Master (Tommy Berry).
“Grand Marshal and Who Shot Thebarman will both head towards either the Moonee Valley Cup or the Geelong Cup.”
A four-year-old son of Shocking, Antonio Giuseppe won four races in a row in Sydney before finishing runner-up to Sir John Hawkwood in the Group I The Metropolitan on October 1.