Melbourne Cup tie to Highlands Stud


Cape Town – Canford Cliffs, who is scheduled to stand at Highlands Stud, Western Cape, next year, is the sire of Wall Of Fire, a potential Group 1 Melbourne Cup runner.

Wall Of Fire makes his Australian debut on Saturday when set to carry top-weight in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes over 2400m at Caulfield.

Wall Of Fire, whose rivals include recent G1 Metropolitan winner Foundry, will be ridden by Mark Zahra in Saturday’s $400,000 contest.

Trainer Hugo Palmer admitted to being concerned about the weight his charge would carry, but did say: “He’s a remarkable horse, really. He won his first career start over 1200m as a two-year-old, and he’s won races over a mile (1600m), a mile-and-a-quarter (2000m), mile-and-a-half (2400m), mile-six-and-a-half (2900m), so he’s won over a range of distances which makes him versatile. He goes on all ground.”

The four-year-old colt was a close second on his last start when under a length off Defoe in the Group 3 Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes.

Wall Of Fire is one of 15 stakes performers for five time Group 1-winner Canford Cliffs this year. Others include Derby winner Dorset Noble and top-class filly Al Jazi, winner of the Grade 3 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Oak Tree Stakes for a second year running. – Cape Breeders’ Club.

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