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Early favourite to win the Melbourne Cup 2011, the Murray Baker-trained New Zealand stayer Lion Tamer has opened at the top of the odds for one of this Saturday’s three elite level Caulfield Guineas Day features – the 2011 Caulfield Stakes.
Having won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at the track last-start on September 17, four-year-old Storming Home stallion Lion Tamer firmed into favouritism for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 1st, and take their next step towards running in the world’s richest handicap in this weekend’s Caulfield Stakes.
Scheduled to run as Caulfield Race 5 at 2:00pm (EDT), the $400,000 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) field this year attracted 11 acceptors, five more than last year’s edition won by the former Bart Cummings-trained champion So You Think.
Twelve months ago So You Think won the Caulfield Stakes, then known as the Yalumba Stakes, on the back of a Underwood Stakes victory and Lion Tamer will attempt the same race double this weekend.
Lion Tamer is the current Caulfield Stakes 2011 betting favourite at Luxbet and the punters are coming for them with the galloper having been backed in from $3.80 to $3.70 in the past day.
In a relatively wide-open market there are five other gallopers in the Caulfield Stakes odds at single-figure odds:
- Whobegotyou ($3.80 out to $4.40 Luxbet)
- Sincero ($7 into $6.50 Luxbet)
- Alcopop ($10 into $8 Luxbet)
- At First Sight ($8.50 out to $9 Luxbet)
- Lights Of Heaven ($8 out to $9 Luxbet)
Of the above 2011 Caulfield Guineas betting fancies, Whobegotyou has been the biggest drifter in the market.
Mark Kavanagh’s former Caulfield Stakes winner from 2009 ran third to So You Think in last year’s race and since then hasn’t finished worse than third in their last five starts.
Whobegotyou is also the only horse in this year’s Caulfield Stakes field to have won at the track and distance, giving them the experience to possibly outclass the young guns in the field such as Lion Tamer.
“I think he is going as well as last year but obviously he is a year older and the next generation is coming through,” Damien Oliver, Whobegotyou’s Caulfield Stakes rider, said.
“The gap has definitely narrowed between the weight-for-age performers we have had in previous years and the next generation like four-year-olds Lion Tamer and Playing God.”
Playing God is one of the five remaining horses in Caulfield Stakes’ contention this year paying generous double-figure odds, the WA raider at a current price of $11 through Luxbet.
Drawn in barrier nine, the Neville Parnham-trained son of Blackfriars is a Group 1 winner back home at Ascot and is well tried in Melbourne with five previous runs which include their close third to crack imports December Draw and Glass Harmonium in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last Sunday.
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Caulfield Stakes 2011 Odds
Caulfield Race 5 – 8/10/2011
|3||Mighty High (8)||12.00|
|4||At First Sight (2)||8.50|
|7||Lion Tamer (6)||3.70|
|8||Playing God (9)||11.00|
|9||Sahara Sun (1)||71.00|
|11||Lights Of Heaven (11)||9.00|
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