Japan’s Admire Rakti looks on target for the Caulfield Cup after a solid hit-out at Werribee on Tuesday morning.
Prepared by Tomoyuki Umeda, Admire Rakti trailed stablemate Admire Inazuma in the gallop before getting on terms approaching the turn and shading him in the run home.
Admire Rakti worked over 1400m, quickening up from the 800m with experienced trackwatcher Les O’Briem clocking him to run the final 400m in 25.5s.
Speaking through an interpreter, track rider Kiyoshi Shikato said he was happy with the workout and more importantly happy with the horse.
He said Admire Rakti usually works on his own in Japan but is relishing working with a partner since arriving in Melbourne.
Shikato also said he got a bit of a surprise when Red Cadeaux charged past him after they had started cantering off.
“I noticed him. He is in good condition,” Shikato said.
Meanwhile the trip to Caulfield last Saturday has mentally switched on fellow Japanese galloper Bande.
Also speaking through a translator, trainer Yoshito Yahagi’s assistant Takahide Ando said Bande had become too relaxed in his surroundings at Werribee.
“After Caulfield, his head is switched on for racing so we are very happy now,” Ando said.
“He is ready to go to racing now.”
While the Melbourne Cup is the ultimate target for Bande, Ando said both the owner and trainer were keen on winning the Caulfield Cup on the way through.
After a canter around Werribee on Tuesday morning, Bande was put through the barrier stalls and he will his final gallop on Wednesday morning.