Damien Oliver hadn’t been aboard his Caulfield Cup mount Mustajeer before and so was immediately looking for signs the highly rated import has settled into Australia when he took the horse to the course proper at Spendthrift Australia Park at Werribee on Wednesday.
It took just a couple of seconds for Oliver to be reassured the Ebor winner had not only held his fitness but was enjoying his new surroundings.
“I suppose you just want to see them bright and well in themselves and when I got on him he was quite cheeky so that’s always a good sign,” the champion rider said.
“I was pleased with him. The horse seems to have done really well since he’s been here. His action was good and his recovery from his work was really good so really pleased with my first time on him.
“That was his main hit-out before the race.”
Mustajeer worked with another Australian Bloodstock-owned galloper, Torcedor, and the pair did not muck around, sprinting home the final 400 metres of their gallop in a tick over 24 seconds.
“He’s a fit horse and we won’t need to do too much with him before the race,” Oliver said.
“It’s always a little unknown with some of these Europeans but as we’ve seen in the past, the Ebor is always a good form reference so I’m hoping that’s the same again this year.”
Mustajeer is rated a $15 chance for the Caulfield Cup behind co-favourites Finche and Mer De Glace at $9, with Mr Quickie and Constantinople at $11.