The first of the ‘Big Three’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival races is this Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, and after 23 horses were paid up for at final declaration stage this morning, the Caulfield Cup 2011 final field will officially be announced at 3:30pm (EDT) this afternoon.
Final declarations were taken at 10am (EDT) this morning for the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup(2400m), which has a field limit of 18 starters plus four emergencies.
Racing Victoria officials now have the task of determining which of the horses lower down the Caulfield Cup order of entry will earn a start in the world’s richest 2400 metre handicap and which will be regulated to emergencies.
Currently there are three Caulfield Cup 2011 acceptances sitting equal 17th on the ballot that are fighting it out for a final spot in the Caulfield Cup field of starters with:
- The Lloyd Williams-owned Newcastle Gold Cup winner Green Moon (Prize money: $226,596)
- The Peter Moody-trained Zabeel six-year-old Macedonian (Prize money: $294,276)
- Ben Ahren’s Beaudesert galloper Spechenka (Prize money: $381,075)
Two 2011 Caulfield Cup acceptors have also not passed the qualifying conditions for the race with the David Hayes-trained Rebel Soldier and Mark Kavanagh’s Midnight Martini.
The committee has the discrepancy to allow one to line-up as a Caulfield Cup 2011 emergency.
David Vandyke’s Group 1 The Metropolitan third placegetter Lamasery was one of the surprise defectors from the Caulfield Cup acceptances after not having travelled from Sydney to Melbourne well.
Also among the 16 non-acceptors for the Caulfield Cup 2011, as expected, were the Robert Hickmott-trained duo of Midas Touch and At First Sight.
Other notable 2011 Caulfield Cup defectors included:
- Glass Harmonium (Michael Moroney)
- Alcopop (Jake Stephens)
- Bauer (Luca Cumani)
- Lights Of Heaven (Peter Moody)
The clear Caulfield Cup betting favourite is the Mark Kavanagh-trained December Draw who is set to jump as the shortest-priced favourite in the race in nearly four decades despite queries over their ability as a stayer.
There will also be a strong international presence in the 2011 Caulfield Cup field this year with the overseas-trained:
- Mighty High (John Moore)
- Drunken Sailor (Luca Cumani)
- Manighar (Luca Cumani)
- Saptapadi (Brian Ellison)
The 2011 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw will be conducted at 11am (EDT) tomorrow at Caulfield Racecourse as part of the early festivities of Thousand Guineas Day 2011.
Below you will find the full list of BMW Caulfield Cup acceptors and weights, but not the weights will be raised 2.5kg.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for more Caulfield Cup 2011 acceptance news and betting updates.
2011 Caulfield Cup Acceptances
|December Draw (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||52.0 (2.0)|
|Mighty High (FR)||John Moore||54.5|
|Drunken Sailor (IRE)||Luca Cumani||54.0|
|Manighar (FR)||Luca Cumani||54.0|
|Unusual Suspect (USA)||Micahel Kent||54.0|
|Shootoff (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||52.5|
|Lucas Cranach (GER)||Anthony Freedman||53.5|
|Precedence (NZ)||Bart Cummings||53.5|
|Hawk Island (IRE)||Chris Waller||53.0|
|Saptapadi (IRE)||Brian Ellison||52.0|
|Tullamre (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||52.0|
|Dream Pedlar||Troy Blacker||51.0|
|Niwot||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||51.0|
|Southern Speed||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||50.0|
|Macedonian (NZ)||Peter G Moody||50.5|
|Green Moon (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||50.5|
|Anudjawun (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||50.0|
|Lucky Eighty Eight||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||50.0|
|Rebel Soldier (IRE)||David Hayes||50.5|
|Midnight Martini||Mark Kavanagh||50.0|