2010 Caulfield Cup Third Declarations Leaves 41 in Contention

The list of horses left in contention for the 2010 Caulfield Cup has been cut from 71 to 41 as the third declarations for the Melbourne Spring Carnival feature were taken by Racing Victoria today.

The $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) is set to run on October 16 and has a field limit of 18 runners, making it a heated competition between the third acceptors to secure a spot in the final field.

Leading Australian trainer Bart Cummings claimed victory in the Caulfield Cup last year with Viewed, and has four of his horses still heading towards the event this year with Faint Perfume, Precedence, Dariana and Empires Choice.

Notable defectors from the Caulfield Cup following the third declaration stage include the Lloyd Williams-owned Alandi sent home after failing to impress in Australia and French stayer Americain targeting the Melbourne Cup instead.

Notable Defectors from 2010 Caulfield Cup Second Declarations:

  • Alandi (Robert Hickmott)
  • Americain (Alain de Royer Dupre)
  • Landlocked (Bart Cummings)
  • Mr Charlie (Peter Moody)
  • Trusting (John Thompson)
  • Speed Gifted (Lee Freedman)

The only horse exempt from elimination from the Caulfield Cup is Mark Kavanagh’s Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, now the top weight for the Caulfield feature with 57kg.

Early favourites in the Caulfield Cup betting that were accepted in the third declarations today but are still well down the order of entry include Ciaron Maher’s Moudre, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Herculian Prince who received a 2kg penalty following his win in the Group 1 The Metropolitan at Randwick last Saturday, Lloyd Williams’ Mourayan and JRA Cup winner Precedence.

These runners will attempt to gain a ballot exemption by winning either the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) or the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield this Saturday.

International raiders still on the Caulfield Cup path include Hong Kong’s Mr Medici and Japanese stayer Tokai Trick.

The 2010 Cox Plate third declarations were also released today with just 24 runners left in contention, while the 2010 Melbourne Cup second declarations were also taken leaving 78 hopefuls.

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2010 The BMW Caulfield Cup Third Declarations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight (kg) Penalty Hcp. Rating
1 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 1 57 118
2 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller 2 56 116
3 MR MEDICI (IRE) Peter Ho =4 55 112
4 TOKAI TRICK (JPN) Kenji Nonaka =6 54.5 111
5 MONACO CONSUL (NZ) Michael Moroney 3 54 108
6 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan =10 54 108
7 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott =10 54 108
8 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker =10 54 109
9 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani =10 54 110
10 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Danny O’Brien =10 54 108
11 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller =10 54 114
12 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings =10 54 110
13 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens =19 53.5 106
14 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse =19 53.5 2.0 100
15 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott =19 53.5 107
16 RED RULER (NZ) John Sargent =19 53.5 107
17 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien =19 53.5 110
18 ZABRASIVE (NZ) John O’Shea =6 53 107
19 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 24 53 108
20 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse =10 52.5 111
21 JESSICABEEL (NZ) John O’Shea =10 52.5 108
22 FAINT PERFUME Bart Cummings =4 52 108
23 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 27 52 1.5 104
24 DARIANA Bart Cummings =6 51.5 109
25 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse =6 51.5 108
26 LINTON Robert Hickmott =25 51 98
27 EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ) Bart Cummings =28 51 104
28 GINGA DUDE (NZ) Graeme Boyd =28 51 100
29 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher =28 51 101
30 STERLING PRINCE (NZ) Wayne Hillis =28 51 101
31 VALDEMORO Tony Vasil =25 50 101
32 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 32 50 93
33 AVIENUS Mark Webb 33 50 100
34 APPREHEND Tony Vasil =34 50 96
35 BECQU ADOREE (FR) Luca Cumani =34 50 82
36 COUNT DEWIN Mathew Cooper =34 50 77
37 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott =34 50 86
38 NO JURISDICTION Danny O’Brien =34 50 91
39 NOTHIN’ LEICA CAT (NZ) Anthony Cummings =34 50 89
40 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson =34 50
41 ZANTELAGH Mark Kavanagh =34 50 78