The Chosen One to start wide

Southland-bred The Chosen One, trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, rates...
Southland-bred The Chosen One. PHOTO: RACE IMAGES SOUTH
Melbourne rider Stephen Baster is not fazed about Southern-bred galloper The Chosen One's wide draw in tomorrow's Caulfield Cup.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained 4yr-old, bred and co-owned by the Dennis Brothers, will start from barrier 22, with just two horses outside him in 2400m group 1 feature.

"There was nothing I can do about that, so we'll just have to see how the race unfolds," Baster told Australian media.

"If we can get in three wide with some cover that will be fine, just as long as we're still not 16-deep at the [1600m]."

The Chosen One showed the Caulfield Cup distance was not going to be a problem when he won the 2400m Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield last weekend.

He will be in good company in his wide barrier.

Race favourite Finche will start from barrier 19, two spots inside second favourite, the Japanese runner, Mer De Glance.

Lightweight chance Vow and Declare has been backed into fifth favouritism following his good fourth behind Kings Will Dream and Fince in the Turnbull Stakes.

The only other New Zealand trained runner in the field - Crown Prosecutor - has a much different draw to contend with than The Chosen One.

The Stephen March-trained galloper will start from barrier 2 tomorrow.


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