2011 Caulfield Cup Second Declarations Leaves 80 Contenders

The likely 2011 Caulfield Cup field became a little clearer this afternoon with Racing Victoria taking second declarations for the famous staying showdown to run on October 15 this spring carnival.

December Draw

2011 Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw is one of 80 second acceptors

Today the number of gallopers heading towards a start in the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) was cut from 117 at first declaration stage (September 6) to 80, up nine on the 71 Caulfield Cup second acceptors 12 months ago.

Notable omissions from the 2011 Caulfield Cup entries at second declaration stage include:

  • Littorio (Nigel Blackiston) – Retired from racing
  • Maluckyday (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) – Ruled out of remainder of spring due to virus
  • Anacheeva (Peter Moody) – Retired
  • Herculian Prince (Gai Waterhouse)
  • Once Were Wild (Gai Waterhouse)
  • Brazilian Pulse (Michael Moroney)
  • Pinker Pinker (Greg Eurell)
  • Secret Admirer (Grahame Begg)

While retirement and failed recent runs are the main reasons for connections not to pay the second acceptance fee for their Caulfield Cup entries, Pinker Pinker are Secret Admirer are still very much in-form but have had her spring plans changed to target the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.

Both were among the 59 second acceptors for the 2011 Cox Plate today.

Coolmore Flight Stakes winner Secret Admirer has had two runs for two devastatingly close seconds this season and will contest the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday seeking her maiden win as a four-year-old.

Horses dominating the Caulfield Cup 2011 odds at Luxbet that are among the 80 still in contention include:

  • December Draw (Mark Kavanagh): Ace import has won four from five in Australia including the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday which earned them a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption, moving into odds-on territory at this rate
  • Scarlett Lady (Graeme & Debbie Rogerson): Star Kiwi mare won the Doomben Roses – QLD Oaks double last season but has been well beaten in her two first-up this season, still her eighth to Lion Tamer in the Underwood last Saturday was credible considering she is unsuited to the 1800 metres and will continue to improve with more distance
  • At First Sight (Robert Hickmott): Originally didn’t seem worth a look for the Caulfield Cup until the Lloyd Williams-owned Galileo stallion ran a brilliant second to December Draw in the Naturalism, the 2400 metres looks ideal but seem a little short in the odds still
  • Lion Tamer (Murray Baker): One of the clear picks, should be near co-favourite with December Draw after their ultra impressive Group 1 Underwood Stakes win (1800m) last Saturday, Victoria Derby winner from last year has bucketloads of potential and doesn’t need it wet to win as they just showed, exempt from Caulfield Cup ballot
  • Midas Touch (Robert Hickmott): Another four-year-old Galileo stallion imported by Williams and prepared by Hickmott (like At First Sight), has been very progressive this month running third to Littorio in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and third again last Saturday in the Underwood, like them better than their stablemate at shorter odds

Below is the updated BMW Caulfield Cup list of entries, ballot and weights as of second declaration stage today.

Third declarations for both the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate 2011 will be taken on Tuesday October 4, and again Races.com.au will publish the complete lists.

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2011 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances & Updated Ballot

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rtg.
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 4 58kg
2 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 61 55.5kg 109
3 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 5= 55kg 112
4 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 5= 55kg 112
5 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 8= 54.5kg 110
6 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 8= 54.5kg
7 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 13= 54kg
8 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 13= 54kg
9 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 13= 54kg 110
10 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 1 54kg 114
11 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 13= 54kg
12 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 13= 54kg 108
13 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 21= 53.5kg 108
14 LINTON Robert Hickmott 21= 53.5kg 109
15 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 21= 53.5kg
16 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 21= 53.5kg 106
17 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 21= 53.5kg 109
18 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 26= 53kg
19 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 26= 53kg
20 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 62 53kg
21 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 28= 52.5kg 106
22 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 28= 52.5kg
23 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 13= 52.5kg 110
24 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 13= 52.5kg
25 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 28= 52.5kg
26 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 63 52.5kg 104
27 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 3 52kg inc. 2kg pen 105
28 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 33= 52kg 101
29 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 33= 52kg
30 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 5= 52kg 110
31 TRUSTING John P Thompson 33= 52kg
32 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 33= 52kg
33 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 8= 51.5kg 105
34 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 64 51.5kg
35 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 8= 51.5kg 109
36 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 8= 51.5kg 104
37 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers 39 51.5kg
38 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 40= 51kg 98
39 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 40= 51kg 101
40 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 65= 51kg
41 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 65= 51kg 100
42 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 40= 51kg
43 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 40= 51kg 101
44 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 28= 51kg
45 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 40= 51kg 100
46 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 2 51kg 108
47 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 28= 51kg
48 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 13= 51kg 104
49 SYREON Chris Waller 40= 51kg
50 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 47= 50.5kg 100
51 DOMESKY Michael Kent 33= 50.5kg 89
52 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 47= 50.5kg inc. 0.5kg pen 95
53 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 47= 50.5kg 98
54 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 47= 50.5kg 98
55 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 33= 50.5kg
56 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 68 50.5kg
57 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 47= 50.5kg
58 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 52= 50kg 87
59 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 52= 50kg 89
60 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 52= 50kg 93
61 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 65= 50kg 98
62 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 69= 50kg 67
63 GALIZANI John P Thompson 52= 50kg 92
64 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 52= 50kg
65 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme Sanders 52= 50kg
66 ISHANT Peter G Moody 69= 50kg 87
67 KIM DIVINE Bart Cummings 69= 50kg
68 LAMASERY David Vandyke 52= 50kg
69 LANGRIDGE STREET Michael Hibbs 69= 50kg 70
70 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 69= 50kg 78
71 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 52= 50kg 98
72 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 69= 50kg 82
73 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings 69= 50kg
74 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 69= 50kg
75 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 69= 50kg 85
76 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 40= 50kg 100
77 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 69= 50kg 75
78 TANBY Robert Hickmott 69= 50kg 95
79 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 52= 50kg
80 ZAGREB David Hayes 69= 50kg 93