Australian Cup for Night’s Watch

Enigmatic galloper Night’s Watch (NZ) (Redwood) is likely to be aimed at the Gr.1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 6.

The multiple Group Three winner, who commenced his career in New Zealand under the tutelage of Peter and Dawn Williams and Paul Richards, has had a slew of trainers since relocating across the Tasman.

Night’s Watch made an impressive debut for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander at Pakenham on Saturday, running on strongly to finish second behind dominant winner Tavidance when lumping 62kgs in the David Bourke Memorial (1600m).

Alexander is the fifth trainer of the son of Redwood, following Darren Weir, Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace and Chris Waller.

The OTI Racing-owned seven year-old, who has won nine races from 36 starts, will have a light summer campaign before connections turn towards key autumn targets.

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