HALL of Fame jockey Damien Oliver is warming to his chances of winning a record-equalling fifth Caulfield Cup on Saturday to match the legendary Scobie Breasley.Oliver will ride the Luca Cumani-trained English raider Cima De Triomphe and after partnering the grey in a workout at Sandown last Friday he has no doubts the horse has the talent to give the $2.5 million race a shake. ”He is quite an impressive horse,” he said.Oliver was taken by the win of the Jake Stephens-trained South Australian stayer Alcopop in the Herbert Power Stakes at the weekend and was relieved to hear the horse was not in the Caulfield Cup.”That makes everyone else’s job easier,” he said. ”It is lucky Alcopop is not in the race, he is the horse on the up and he keeps doing everything right.”Oliver has had an association with Cumani over the past two spring carnivals. He rode Purple Moon to a second placing behind Efficient in the 2007 Melbourne Cup for the trainer and then rode Mad Rush for the stable in last year’s Caulfield and Melbourne cups. Cumani also brought over Bauer last year with that horse winning the Geelong Cup before a close second to Viewed in the Melbourne Cup.”Luca is a great trainer and he knows what type of horses to bring over for the cups,” Oliver said.Cima De Triomphe was a winner of the Gerard Stakes at Sandown earlier this year and since then he has finished fourth to the world’s best thoroughbred, Sea The Stars, in the Coral Eclipse before another fourth, in the Arlington Million.Bart Cummings will have two runners in the Caulfield Cup with Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder to be joined in the race by Viewed. Michelle Payne, who scored her first group 1 win when partnering Allez Wonder in the Toorak, sticks with the mare while Viewed will be ridden by Brad Rawiller.”She [Payne] said she can make the light weight in the Caulfield Cup so she can have the ride again,” said Cummings, who after the Toorak win said Payne was a ”pretty little thing and she rides very well”.Allez Wonder is striving to be the first horse since Cole Diesel in 1989 to complete the Toorak-Caulfield Cup double.Cummings is favouring missing the Caulfield Cup with his AJC Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor to instead have a crack at the Cox Plate the following weekend. The trainer said he would chase another group 1 at Caulfield on Wednesday when Faint Perfume contested the Thousand Guineas with Michael Rodd in the saddle.Cummings’s son, Anthony, will saddle up Red Lord and Zavite in the Caulfield Cup while Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien will have two starters with 2007 winner Master O’Reilly backing up after a fourth in the Yalumba Stakes at the weekend. Former pre-post favourite Vigor will also run for O’Brien.”He was just not quite quick enough over the 2000 metres on Saturday but he’s starting to look well,” O’Brien said of Master O’Reilly. ”His coat is about to come and he’ll really relish the 2400 metres [of the Caulfield Cup]. Vigor pulled up well from his Turnbull run and with the weight drop [to 51kg] I’d expect him to be right at his top on Saturday.”Craig Williams has been booked to ride Vigor but he must successfully appeal a careless riding suspension in Melbourne this morning to be able to fulfil the engagement. Corey Brown and Glen Boss are in the running to take over should his appeal fail.Meanwhile, trainer Lee Freedman is still yet to decide if he will start favourite and The Metropolitan winner Speed Gifted in the Caulfield Cup or instead wait and try to secure a run in the Cox Plate as he pushes towards the Melbourne Cup.Speed Gifted has won three of his four starts since joining Freedman’s stables from Britain. He was penalised 2kg for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups after his The Metropolitan success and a win in the Caulfield Cup would attract another penalty for the Melbourne Cup.
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