Of the 10 runners set to compete in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, one will claim the golden ticket into the $5 million Caulfield Cup on October 21 with a win in the 2400m contest.
At his third Australian race start, the Danny O’Brien-trained Carini (+180) has opened as the race favourite with online bookmakers, coming off a strong Open Handicap win over 1700m at Flemington last start.
With the son of Siyouni sitting at equal 28th in the Caulfield Cup order of entry, the gelding will need to win the Herbert Power to gain a start.
After claiming the Benalla Cup last start, the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Brayden Star (+340) sits on the second line of betting and sits equal with the race favourite in the order of entry, which means he would also need to win the Herbert Power to ensure his spot in the Caulfield Cup.
Meanwhile, both Kalapour (+700) and Military Mission (+750) will come down from Sydney after competing in the Group 1 The Metropolitan two weeks ago, finishing in third and fourth, respectively.
One of the runners that could be considered over the odds is the John Leek Jnr-trained Regal Power (+1500), who is a multiple Group 1 winner and is coming off a runner-up finish behind Born A King in the R.M Ansett Classic over 2400m at Mornington.
2023 Herbert Power Stakes Final Field