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Non-conformers still watch the original Caulfield Cup show

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The non-conformist was dropped from the JRA Cup to follow Grahame Begg’s preferred route to the Caulfield Cup

Grahame Begg says that your first thoughts are often your best, which is why Non-Conformers aim to Underwood Stakes at Sandown.

Those who do not comply are also acceptors in Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, but after weighing everything up, the decision was made to take part in Sunday’s Group 1 race over the 1800m at Sandown.

“The only reason that we accepted in the other race was because we had a curve ball thrown in the end and we left that race unwisely,” said Begg.

“He was completely upside down in the Makybe Diva Stakes and no one learned anything from the track, the way the horse races, or the way he walks.

“It has absolutely no character.

“The original plan was to go to Underwood. We thought hard about that and we decided to stick to the original plan.

“Your first thoughts are always your best.”

Last year’s runner-up Caulfield Cup behind Incentivize, Nonconformist was safe in this year’s race and Begg went the weight-for-age route for the race.

In sticking with Underwood Stakes, Nonconformist will omit a weight penalty while he will be liable for a forehand if successful on Friday night.

Small fields in weight-for-age races can produce humorous results.

Begg did not witness the Nonconformist beat Zaaki, an opponent on Sunday, in a five-horse court in Group 1 Power and Equity (2000m) in Caulfield last year.

“I’m under no illusions he won’t beat the top four, but it’s a weight-for-age race, and you never know,” Begg said.

“He can poke around, do his thing, run his own race and come home to the finish line.

“He drew the first hurdle, he won’t have to do any work, he can let them pass him and if he can finish and run for the money, just like him did in Possibility and power last year, everyone will be happy.”

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