PREPARE for a severe dose of Cup Fever to strike the Coffs Coast like never before.
Home-grown jockey Zac Purton now has an undeniable chance of winning the Melbourne Cup thanks to a Japanese stayer named Admire Rakti.
The pair stormed home to win today's Group One Caulfield Cup, with the horse paying $12.60 on the NSW TAB.
Don't expect such succulent odds on November 4.
Admire Rakti is tipped to rocket into Melbourne Cup favouritism on the strength of his victory today at 'The Heath.'
Before the race, the seven-year-old stallion looked magnificent but was on his toes, keyed up by the huge noise from the crowd.
Zac rode him perfectly.
The inside gate in the short run to the first corner can cause problems but the champion international rider kept his mount out of trouble and settled with cover.
Rising Romance made a bold bid for victory and kicked away in the straight but the giant black horse mowed the New Zealand mare down with a dazzling burst of power over the closing stages.
A shot at the biggest racing prize of all awaits.