CRAIG Newitt has landed the plum ride on UK stayer Seismos in the $3 million Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup, reports Racing Network. Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, in conjunction with trainer Marco Botti, booked Newitt for Seismos.

Newitt approached ATB principal Darren Dance about three weeks ago about securing a ride on Seismos.

Following the conversation, Newitt then rang Botti to present his case why he should ride the last start Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2700 m) winner.

Newitt said he watched tapes of Seismos and believes the ex-German horse has untapped potential and upside from his last start win.

“There was a lot to like about the win and it was only his third run since he came back from Dubai,” Newitt said.

“He struck me as a horse that has a lot more to offer, he’s travelled extensively and Marco has such a great record at travelling horses.

“I had a good chat to Marco for about 10 minutes and he was really bullish about the horse.”

Seismos defeated Godolphin’s Willing Foe, which will arive at Werribee in nine days to begin quarantine for the Melbourne Cup, in the Group 3 at York on August 16.

Newitt said he would head to Werribee within the next week to have a sit on Seismos before the Caulfield Cup.