Rare gem: Trainer Mark Kavanagh with his champion mare Atlantic Jewel. Photo: Paul Rovere
Mark Kavanagh may have the best horse in training in Atlantic Jewel but not many boxes away from the unbeaten mare at Flemington is Super Cool, which could be the sleeper of the spring.
Super Cool sits on the fourth line of betting for the Cox Plate at $7.50 but is away from the spotlight, which shines on Atlantic Jewel and Puissance De Lune heading into the southern carnival.
However, consider that the past two three-year-olds to win the Australian Cup before Super Cool achieved the feat in the autumn were champions - Saintly and Dulcify. It is obvious the son of Fastnet Rock is special, despite playing second fiddle to the mare.
Kavanagh's stable jockey Michael Rodd is committed to ride Atlantic Jewel, so Glen Boss has been booked for Super Cool.
''He is a serious horse,'' Boss said. ''So I rang 'Kav' and asked if I could get on him on Saturday.
''It probably isn't his race because he will be getting back and running on and it is a very, very good field.''
Boss is committed to Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune and his preparation could include a start in the Cox Plate. However, he left little doubt where he thinks Super Cool fits this spring.
''He has shown once he gets to a mile and beyond he is up with the best of them. He showed that in the autumn [when he won Australian Cup] and is a Cox Plate horse,'' Boss said. ''He is the sort of horse you want to get on and get a feel of and you never know what could happen down the track.''
Super Cool will be part of the star-studded Memsie Stakes, which will be run at group 1 level for the first time at Caulfield on Saturday.
Where he fits on the billing is interesting as his unbeaten stablemate is the headline act, supported by Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon and runner-up Fiorente, triple crown winner It's A Dundeel and a 10-time group 1 winner King Mufhasa, whose two Australian top-level successes have come at Caulfield.
Gai Waterhouse sent Fiorente down to Melbourne last week, where he will campaign for the spring and Nash Rawiller makes the trip to ride him in the Memsie.
''It has been the plan for him to go down there and he is very fit and ready to go,'' Waterhouse said.
The depth of the Memsie field means last spring's Emirates winner Happy Trails and Australian Guineas victor Ferlax start as outsiders.
Ferlax's trainer Jim Conlan admitted his four-year-old has the job the ahead of him on Saturday. He opened his spring campaign in the Aurie's Star Handicap at Flemington a fortnight ago when unplaced behind Broken. However, the trainer was happy with the performance.
''It was a great run. He got beaten just under three lengths on a wet track he doesn't like,'' Conlan said. ''He's going to the Memsie. That's going to be incredibly tough, but after that we won't be kidding ourselves.
''Whatever he's got, he will give us [this] week. He's in great order for the race. I will probably take him to Caulfield on Tuesday and just do a bit of evens just to let him have a look at it.
''I will know [after the Memsie] whether I go to handicaps like the Toorak, or the [weight-for-age] Dato, Cox Plate, that kind of thing.''