2014 Herbert Power Stakes – Big Memory gets a Caulfield Cup start
Big Memory has forged his way into the Caulfield Cup field with a tough win in Saturday’s Group II Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield.
The Tony McEvoy-trained galloper had to survive a short-lived protest from the runner-up Signoff before connections were able to prepare for the $3 million feature in seven days.
“We’re very happy with that and the way he kept fighting in the straight is a positive sign,” McEvoy’s son, Calvin said.
Jockey Tommy Berry, who will partner The Offer next week said Big Memory deserved his spot in the Caulfield Cup after showing the right qualities for a stayer in a major Australian staying event.
“He sprinted well to take the lead on the inside of Bonfire and then really toughed it out to the line,” he said.
“He was there to be beaten but they couldn’t get him.”
The last horse to win the Herbert Power and back up seven days later to win the Caulfield Cup was Master O’Reilly for Danny O’Brien in 2007.
He was also the last five-year-old to win the event with Big Memory from the same age bracket.