Top trainer wanted more Caulfield Cup runners
Sydney trainer John O'Shea says he is bitterly disappointed equal-second favourite Hauraki will be his only runner in tomorrow's $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The trainer for the global Godolphin stable has Complacent and Magic Hurricane - both last-start winners in Sydney at group level - among the four emergencies for the race.
Complacent is second emergency, behind European galloper Quest For Fame, and O'Shea (pictured) said he was confident the five-year-old would prove extremely hard to beat if he could get a start.
O'Shea admitted that if a horse was scratched and Quest For Fame was elevated into the field, he had strongly considered pulling Hauraki out to give Complacent a run.
"It's frightful," he said when asked about the prospect of Complacent and Magic Hurricane staying in their stalls come race time.
"We have a nice chance in Hauraki, but the other two are legitimate chances who would make the race very exciting if they were in it," he told reporters.
Asked whether he would really scratch the second favourite to get Complacent into the field if another horse came out, O'Shea admitted that probably wouldn't happen.
"Hauraki is primed to run the race of his life - he's probably entitled to have that crack to be fair,'' he said.
"The thing about Hauraki is he loves the ground - the firmer the better for him - whereas Complacent is probably a little bit compromised on real firm ground."