Internationals set sights on Caulfield with potentially nine engaged

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UP to nine internationals could target Saturday’s Caulfield feature meeting after completing quarantine.

Aidan O’Brien’s Johannes Vermeer and Taj Mahal are likely to clash in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), while connections of seven other visitors consider starts at The Heath.

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Willie Mullins might also use the Caulfield Stakes to kick off Riven Light’s campaign after the gelding worked three laps on the synthetic track at Werribee on Monday with stablemate Wicklow Brave.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Kaspersky could meet Fastnet Tempest in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) — which could also be the objective for Hugo Palmer’s Mask Of Time.

Johannes Vermeer rolls on the grass after a trackwork gallop at Werribee on Sunday. Picture: AAP

Johannes Vermeer rolls on the grass after a trackwork gallop at Werribee on Sunday. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

The William Haggas-trained Fastnet Tempest, which worked well for Dean Yendall on Monday, might also be nominated for the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m).

Godolphin’s Kidmenever and Palmer’s Wall of Fire both are likely to be entered for the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).

And Appleby’s Folkswood might also be entered for the Caulfield Stakes but he’s more likely to head to Sunday’s Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m).

Appleby last season dominated feature provincial Cups, scooping wins at Geelong and Bendigo before landing the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sandown Cup.

Craig Williams will give Japanese veteran Admire Deus another gallop at Werribee tomorrow, when Hugh Bowman will ride Tiberian.

The 19 horses currently at Werribee will complete their 14-day quarantine period on Saturday.

Five more visitors, including Rekindling and 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite, are due to arrive on Saturday.

Johannes Vermeer (left) and Taj Mahal (right) stretch out on the Werribee track. Picture: AAP

Johannes Vermeer (left) and Taj Mahal (right) stretch out on the Werribee track. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

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