The Caduceus Club Cup has a rich honour roll of talented three-year-old’s. Horses like Cosmic Under Fire, It Is I, Lanercost and even Jodie’s Babe readily spring to mind.
And last year’s winner Macha broke the clock running a 53.9sec last half in a stunning display.
This term there might be no breaking records, but that doesn’t mean the result won’t prove an eye to the future of the open-class pacing scene.
One man that may well have the horse to win Friday night’s race is Pearcedale trainer Bill Walker.
Handling the promising gelding Hectorjayjay, the second row draw may have been of serious concern for most trainers.
But given the blistering speed he showed in a Vicbred Super Series Semi-final from a similar position, and an expected early burn, there may not be a lot to worry about for the laconic trainer.
“Simone (Walker, driver) said the night he led from 13, she saw the opening just a fraction earlier than he did and then he just put himself through it. He’s just incredible, he’s got a mind of his own in a way, he just loves racing,” Walker said.
“I think the turning point was the gelding. Even though he wasn’t a rogue, he didn’t have his mind on what he wanted to do. He’s just a gentleman now and he loves working.”
That renewed attitude to racing has seen Hectorjayjay progress from a talented colt to one of Victoria’s best three-year-old geldings.
And with the transformation in full swing, Walker has set about tackling the end of season features to see just where his beloved son of Dream Away is at in the overall scheme of things.
“He’ll have a little let up now because we’ve always thought about the Sires Stakes and the Breeders Crown. It can be a very long taxing three-year-old year and in a year of good depth I think you have to look after your horse,” he said.
“He’s one of the most loved horses in our stable that’s for sure.”
Hectorjayjay is currently a $3.40 chance with TAB fixed odds.