Littorio Leads Caulfield Cup 2011 Ballot & First Declarations

Connections of last Saturday’s upset Makybe Diva Stakes winner have opted to keep Littorio in contention for the 2011 Caulfield Cup, the seven-year-old now sitting at the top of the ballot for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s $2.5 million handicap showdown next month.

Littorio

Littorio is the only horse still in contention for the 2011 Caulfield Cup to be exempt from elimination

Racing Victoria took first declarations for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2040m), $3.5 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas today.

After earning a ballot exemption into the Caulfield Cup 2011 field on October 15 thanks to their first-up Flemington victory in the Makybe Diva, last year’s Group 1 The BMW winner Littorio is the only one of the 117 horses still in contention, cut from 237 at nomination stage, to be exempt from elimination.

Despite being No. 1 on the ballot, Littorio is far from being the 2011 Caulfield Cup betting favourite, Luxbet paying $21 for them to win.

Caulfield Cup odds are currently lead by $9 co-favourites December Draw and Scarlett Lady.

Mark Kavanagh’s exciting import December Draw took their Australian race record to three wins (all at Flemington) from four starts last Saturday, but is one of 44 horses still yet to pass the first elimination clause for the Caulfield Cup.

Savabeel mare Scarlett Lady, from the New Zealand-based stables of Graeme Rogerson, emerged as a genuine Melbourne Spring Carnival contender last season when she travelled down under to take out the Doomben Roses – QLD Oaks double.

She resumed on August 27 at Hastings with a solid effort in the Challenge Stakes and is out to emulate the sensational Ethereal, the former Kiwi sensation taking out the same Brisbane Winter Carnival double in 2001 before returning to Australia in the spring to salute in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, making her trainer Sheila Laxon the first female trainer to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.

Reigning Caulfield Cup winner Descarado has defected, but was kept in contention for the 2011 Cox Plate along with 95 other weight-for-age hopefuls.

Descarado’s trainer, the very likable Gai Waterhouse, still has six chances of securing back-to-back Caulfield Cups having paid first acceptance fees for Herculian Prince, Once Were Wild, Tullamore, Older Than Time, Sweetest Melody and Western Symbol.

The shortest-priced of Waterhouse’s contingent in the latest Caulfield Cup betting markets at Luxbet is Brisbane Cup winner Tullamore at a quote of $26.

Other horses well-supported in the futures odds for the Caulfield Cup this year that are still entered include Peter Moody’s Zabeel mare Lights Of Heaven, Michael Moroney’s well-performing import Glass Harmonium, dual Classics winner Shamrocker, last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday and the Chris Waller-trained My Kingdom Of Fife.

There are still eight international raiders on the Caulfield Cup path, including a quartet from leading European horseman Luca Cumani.

Cumani’s Caulfield Cup 2011-bound horses are recent Goodwood winner Drunken Sailor, 2008 Melbourne Cup second placegetter Bauer, former Chilean stayer Sahara Sun and Manighar.

Rounding out the Northern Hemisphere-trained Caulfield Cup hopefuls are defending Melbourne Cup winner Americain who sits as the 58kg topweight, fellow French-trained galloper Dunade, the Brian Ellison-trained Saptapadi and Hong Kong galloper Mighty High from the stables of esteemed trainer John Moore.

Below is the updated Caulfield Cup 2011 ballot after first declarations.

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2011 BMW Caulfield Cup First Declarations & Elimination Order

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 2 58kg
2 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 74 55.5kg
3 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 4= 55kg
4 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 4= 55kg
5 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 7= 54.5kg
6 LITTORIO Nigel Blackiston 1 54.5kg
7 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 7= 54.5kg
8 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 14= 54kg
9 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 14= 54kg
10 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 14= 54kg
11 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 3 54kg
12 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14= 54kg
13 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 14= 54kg
14 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 14= 54kg
15 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 24= 53.5kg
16 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 24= 53.5kg
17 LINTON Robert Hickmott 24= 53.5kg
18 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 24= 53.5kg
19 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 24= 53.5kg
20 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 24= 53.5kg
21 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody 7= 53kg
22 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 31= 53kg
23 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 31= 53kg
24 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 75 53kg
25 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 76= 52.5kg
26 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 33= 52.5kg
27 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 14= 52.5kg
28 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 14= 52.5kg
29 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 14= 52.5kg
30 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 33= 52.5kg
31 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 76= 52.5kg
32 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 39= 52kg
33 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 39= 52kg
34 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 4= 52kg
35 TRUSTING John P Thompson 39= 52kg
36 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 39= 52kg
37 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 7= 51.5kg
38 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 78 51.5kg
39 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 7= 51.5kg
40 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 7= 51.5kg
41 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 7= 51.5kg
42 ROTHERA Ben Currie 46= 51.5kg
43 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers 46= 51.5kg
44 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 48= 51kg
45 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 48= 51kg
46 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 79= 51kg
47 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 79= 51kg
48 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 48= 51kg
49 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 48= 51kg
50 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 33= 51kg
51 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 48= 51kg
52 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 33= 51kg
53 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 33= 51kg
54 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 14= 51kg
55 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 33= 51kg
56 SYREON Chris Waller 48= 51kg
57 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 55= 50.5kg
58 DOMESKY Michael Kent 39= 50.5kg
59 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 55= 50.5kg
60 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 55= 50.5kg
61 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 55= 50.5kg
62 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 39= 50.5kg
63 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 82= 50.5kg
64 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 82= 50.5kg
65 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 24= 50.5kg
66 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 55= 50.5kg
67 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 84= 50kg
68 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson 84= 50kg
69 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 62= 50kg
70 ALLANTHUS Brian Jenkins 84= 50kg
71 ALTIUS Chris Waller 84= 50kg
72 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 62= 50kg
73 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 62= 50kg
74 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 79= 50kg
75 BUILDER O’REILLY (NZ) Leon Corstens 84= 50kg
76 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 84= 50kg
77 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 84= 50kg
78 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 62= 50kg
79 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 84= 50kg
80 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy 84= 50kg
81 GALIZANI John P Thompson 62= 50kg
82 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 84= 50kg
83 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards 62= 50kg
84 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs 62= 50kg
85 HIDDEN GEM David Vandyke 84= 50kg
86 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 84= 50kg
87 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme Sanders 62= 50kg
88 ISHANT Peter G Moody 84= 50kg
89 KIM DIVINE Bart Cummings 84= 50kg
90 KITTENS Mark Kavanagh 55= 50kg
91 LAMASERY David Vandyke 84= 50kg
92 LANGRIDGE STREET Michael Hibbs 84= 50kg
93 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 84= 50kg
94 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 62= 50kg
95 MANY STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 84= 50kg
96 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 84= 50kg
97 MUSHATTA Mark Kavanagh 84= 50kg
98 OLYMPIC WIN (NZ) Robert Smerdon 62= 50kg
99 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings 84= 50kg
100 PERFECT PECS Rick Hore-Lacy 84= 50kg
101 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 39= 50kg
102 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker 84= 50kg
103 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 62= 50kg
104 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 84= 50kg
105 RIGHT OF REFUSAL Nigel Blackiston 55= 50kg
106 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 84= 50kg
107 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 48= 50kg
108 STRATOCRACY Michael Moroney 84= 50kg
109 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 84= 50kg
110 SWEETEST MELODY Gai Waterhouse 84= 50kg
111 TAMANU PARK Bart Cummings 84= 50kg
112 TANBY Robert Hickmott 84= 50kg
113 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 62= 50kg
114 VIKING LEGEND Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes 84= 50kg
115 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 84= 50kg
116 ZAGREB David Hayes 84= 50kg
117 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 84= 50kg