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Bjorn to do it again in Sprint

Bjorn Baker will take $1 million colt Caballus to Flemington on Saturday to contest the $1 million Inglis Sprint.

Sold to Coolmore for that seven-figure amount as a yearling, Caballus began his career with Chris Waller before he was purchased by Darby Racing online in October for $315,000.

The son of I Am Invincible is now unbeaten in two starts since joining Baker's stable, but the Kiwi expat played down his achievements with the horse.

"I think he's just a nice horse with good ability, it's as simple as that," Baker said.

"I've got him, he did a good job as a two-year-old and I'm probably lucky to receive a readymade horse. He's trialled really well with me, he's been pretty straightforward, he's a stunning-looking colt and Darby have found another good one, as they continue to do."

After winning his first Group race at his most recent start in the G3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, Caballus faces another challenge this weekend when he tackles the Flemington straight for the first time.

"I guess his last win was very, very good and he seemed if anything, to maybe appreciate getting out into open space and clear air, so I'm hoping from that point of view the straight will be good for him," Baker said.

Already, the form out of that last-start win for Caballus has been franked, with Celestial Legend and Encap both coming out of that race and going on to quinella the G2 Hobartville Stakes last weekend.

Josh Parr will retain the ride on Caballus for Saturday's Inglis Sprint, a race that he and Baker took out together two years ago with Overpass.

Overpass used his win down the Flemington straight as a springboard on to success in The Quokka and the G1 Winterbottom Stakes and Baker will be hoping that Caballus can follow a similar trajectory.

"I definitely hold him in very high regard, I think the best is yet to come, so he's an exciting horse," Baker said.

"It would be lovely if he could win on Saturday, we could possibly look at a better-class race, taking into account that he's a very well-bred colt."


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