Jockey Tommy Berry says punters are yet to see the best of new Caulfield Cup favourite Glencadam Gold after Gai Waterhouse's imported galloper maintained his unbeaten record in Australia with a dominant win in the Group One Metropolitan in Sydney on Saturday.
The five-year-old gelding has won all four starts for Waterhouse since joining her stable from England with the Metropolitan victory following on from Glencadam Gold's win in the Newcastle Cup.
And with last year's winner Southern Speed having run poorly in the Group One Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday and with last year's runner-up Green Moon now being saved for the Cox Plate - after his win in the Turnbull - Glencadam Gold is suddenly the clear favourite to win the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on October 20.
Berry, Waterhouse's No.2 jockey behind Nash Rawiller, picked up the ride on Saturday after Rawiller could not make the weight of 53kg while Glencadam Gold - which is currently weighed at 51.5kg in the Caulfield Cup - is likely to carry a similar weight again in the Caulfield Cup once the handicap penalty is announced for his Metropolitan win.
Berry told Melbourne racing radio station RSN on Monday morning that Waterhouse had targeted the Caulfield Cup for Glencadam Gold ever since he won on his Australian debut over 1550 metres at Canterbury back in mid-August.
"He has just continued to improve in each of his four starts in Australia," Berry said.
"And he has got something that a lot of good stayers haven't and that is a turn of foot at the end of his races."
Glencadam Gold has barely been challenged in each of his four Australian wins and Berry warned punters that the imported galloper would only continue to improve once he steps up to the elite level of the Caulfield Cup.
"He hasn't been fully tested yet but once they get up to him and challenge him, he will fight and will be hard to get past because he is one of those horses that just doesn't like being beaten."
"There is a lot of improvement in him yet and he has pulled up that well this morning (from his win in the Metropolitan) it's not funny."
Glencadam Gold opened as a $51 chance for the Caulfield Cup and got into $18 before firming into the $5.50 favourite at TAB Sportsbet on the strength of his win in the Metropolitan with last year's beaten Caulfield Cup favourite in December Draw second pick at $9.At Betfair, Glencadam Gold is the $5.40 favourite ahead of December Draw at $11 with the Lloyd Williams owned Seville now third favourite at $13 - ahead of his surprise second placed finish behind stablemate Green Moon in the Turnbull - with Peter Moody's much improved Italian import Voila Ici on the fourth line of betting at $19.