Having passed up the chance to own a Melbourne Cup placegetter, another Group1 winner and even a recent stakes victor, Joel Caine had to get his fix.
‘‘I declined the Lucas Cranach [share] and then I was offered Mawingo and that sort of shot the lights out as well,’’ the former NRL player recalled.
‘‘Then I was offered Sharnee Rose and that did the same.
‘‘I committed myself, having never had a horse before, to get it out of my system and rally the boys and we’ll buy a strand of hair in the tail from the next one that comes up.’’
That’s where mystery German stayer Waldpark and Newcastle-based syndicators Australian Bloodstock come into play.
Now Caine, along with Dragons coach Steve Price and fellow media personality Jimmy Smith, have that strand of hair in the tail of Group1 horseflesh that they’ve always wanted.
It just happens that strand of hair will be swooshing around in the Caulfield Cup today, one of Australian racing’s four majors.
Their other purchase, the Kris Lees-prepared Salon Soldier, is on course for the Group1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day after an Australian debut win.
‘‘We’ve only got a small stake [in both horses] but it’s still very nerve-racking,’’ Caine said.
‘‘You get that feel of the adrenaline again [similar to rugby league]. It’s probably most nerve-racking because you have no control over it ... it’s a bit of an unknown.
‘‘It’s just been a truckload of fun to be honest with you.’’
So much so that Caine is preparing a novel way of keeping Price in the loop today while he holidays overseas with his family.
‘‘I might just call it for him myself,’’ he joked.
There’s also very serious business for Waldpark, which is German for forest park, trying to warrant a spot in the big one on the first Tuesday in November.
Bookmaker Sportsbet shunned Waldpark in Caulfield Cup markets, listing Anthony Freedman’s five-year-old entire a $34 chance last night.
‘‘The [Caulfield Cup] was the grand final the whole time from the minute it landed,’’ Caine said.
‘‘Its record over 2200 [metres] and further is probably better than anyone in the race. The last time over this distance it ran a bee’s-you-know-what to [Ascot course record holder] Novelist, which has since proven to be one of the best in the world.
‘‘Whilst we’re not super confident, we think he’s a chance and is drawn well.’’