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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.
International raiders still on the Caulfield Cup path include Hong Kong’s Mr Medici and Japanese stayer Tokai Trick.
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2010 The BMW Caulfield Cup Third Declarations
|#||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Penalty||Hcp. Rating|
|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|
|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|
|25||ONCE WERE WILD||Gai Waterhouse||=6||51.5||–||108|
|27||EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||=28||51||–||104|
|28||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||=28||51||–||100|
|30||STERLING PRINCE (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||=28||51||–||101|
|32||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||32||50||–||93|
|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||–||–|
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