Instrumentalist earns Caulfield Cup start

Instrumentalist has earned a start in the $3 million Caulfield Cup following a tough victory in the Mornington Cup.

The Chris Waller trained import, who was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock from the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale, surged late under the guidance of Craig Newitt to defeat the Gai Waterhouse trained Travolta, with Macedonian third.

Instrumentalist had won three of his past five starts prior to the Mornington Cup and proved he was more than capable with the step up to stakes company.

The five-year-old gelding has now amassed more than $450,000 in prizemoney and will be aimed towards the Caulfield Cup, given he is now exempt from the highly competitive ballot.

“All he wanted to do was relax and then when they bunched up from the 700 metres he picked up underneath me,” said jockey Craig Newitt.

“He got to the outside, quickened nicely and sustained his run. It was a great effort.”