Malkovich Melbourne-bound

After a dominant all-the-way trial win at Warwick Farm on Tuesday, trainer Bjorn Baker has confirmed that Malkovich will return to Caulfield for next Saturday's Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m).



While the track has at times brought several Sydney-trained gallopers unstuck, Malkovich has a proven liking for the course, winning there at his first attempt before going on to finish second to Red Can Man in the G3 Sir John Monash Stakes.


"He's got experience there, hopefully it's third-time lucky," Baker said on Tuesday afternoon.


"He was very good there first time and the form's worked out pretty well with beating that El Roca filly (Esta La Roca), then he was a close second in the next race.


"I'm looking forward to it, he trialled brilliantly this morning, he ran the quickest time and did it comfortably, he looks fantastic, so looking forward to getting back down there."


Malkovich will head into the Caulfield Sprint first-up as he hasn't raced since the Monash Stakes in mid-July, and Tuesday's trial was his second of the preparation.


The son of Choisir will join stablemate She's Ideel on the trip to Melbourne, with the latter to run on the same day in the Caulfield Cup.


Baker also has plans to send Harpo Marx to Melbourne, but it remains to be seen what race he will line up in.


The G3-winning stayer finished third on Saturday in The Metropolitan.


"Harpo Marx, we've still paid the next acceptance for the Caulfield Cup, he's probably unlikely to get a run, but you've got to be in to win and we might look at taking him to the Moonee Valley Cup," Baker said.