Caulfield Cup watch: Lindsay Park to debut handy import

The Lindsay Park stable have another handy import on their hands with Arc runner Neufbosc settling in well up at Eurora with a first up task in the PB Lawrence on the cards this Saturday.

The Group 3 winner of the Prix Du Lys back in May of last year, Neufbosc beat home some very handy types on that occasion including Mahoe and Ispolini. He then ran a very credible second in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix De Paris to Kew Gardens, beating home Dee Ex Bee by 3 lengths on that day. Kew Gardens has gone onto win in Group 1 company since, while Dee Ex Bee placed 2nd at Goodwood and Ascot recently behind the world’s best stayer on both occasions, Stradivarius. Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter finished in 3rd in the Goodwood Cup, a remarkable form line to take into a Spring campaign over here.

Yet to race below 1900m in his life, the stable aren’t expecting big things first up, with the main aims being at 2000m.

Neufbosc hasn’t seen the track since failing in the Arc last year and arrived in Melbourne back in February to be aimed at a Spring campaign. After the initial orientation prep, he receiving the ultimate gear change, gelding.

He is a strong travelling type best suited to fast run races, similar in racing nature to a Boom Time or Harlem type.

With a Timeform rating of 116, Neufbosc is around the mark Best Solution had reached at this time last year. If the Lindsay Park stable can take this horse to the next level, he will be a competitive factor in the Caulfield Cup this year.

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