Aidan O’Brien’s Yucatan produced a scintillating performance to win the Herbert Power Stakes at his ease at Caulfield Racecourse this morning.
The James McDonald-ridden colt put the opposition to the sword at the 500m mark as he skipped clear and put distance between himself and his rivals, before eventually easing down before the line to win by a length and a quarter.
As the horse is owned by Lloyd Williams, the Melbourne Cup’s most successful owner, the winner is now being touted as a strong possibility for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Nick Williams, son of the winning owner, said of the impressive display:
‘‘He sits right up there now. I’d be saying to you that he is the Melbourne Cup winner in waiting. The way he won there today he has only got to get a run.’’
Elsewhere in Australia this morning, Aidan O’Brien’s US Navy Flag failed in his attempt to win the TAB Everest at Randwick Racecourse as last year’s winner Redzel successfully defended the title when making every yard in the world’s richest turf race.
The Ballydoyle partners-owned US Navy Flag missed the break from stall three, and that coupled with the unwelcome heavy rain during the week, meant the Ryan Moore-ridden July Cup winner could only manage ninth in the 12-runner field.