Following the release of the 2011 Caulfield Cup final declarations this morning, the official 16-starter field and four emergencies for Saturday’s highly-anticipated handicap showdown can now be found below.
Of the three horses that sat equal 17th on the order of entry for the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at last acceptance stage this morning, the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon and the Peter Moody-trained Macedonian secured the final two spots in the starting line-up for Saturday.
Ben Ahern’s honest Beaudesert-based galloper Spechenka, then, has been regulated to first emergency for the Caulfield Cup 2011 and will need one of the 16 confirmed starters to scratch out in order to gain a run.
The three other Caulfield Cup emergencies this year are six-year-old Lucky Eighty Eight, Shaun Dwyer’s Queensland raider Anudjawun and the Mark Kavanagh-trained Street Cry mare Midnight Martini who ran an eye-catching fourth beaten only two lengths over the Caulfield Cup track and distance in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes last Saturday.
The David Hayes-trained Rebel Soldier was the unlucky Caulfield Cup acceptor to miss out on a spot in the finalised final 22 despite connections having paid the $20,625 final fee this morning.
Kavanagh is also represented in the Caulfield Cup 2011 field by raging favourite December Draw.
The in-form European import was last seen winning the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and jockey Michael Rodd will continue their association with them in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday with December Draw to carry 54.5kg after the Caulfield Cup weights were officially raised 2.5kg.
December Draw is out to emulate the mighty Northerly (2002) and Let’s Elope (1991) by winning the Caulfield Cup at their first start over the 2400 metres, and if successful he will be just the third Caulfield Cup winner to do so in the past three decades.
For the first time in Caulfield Cup history, an overseas raider will jump the top-weight with the John Moore-trained Mighty High to carry 57kg with Darren Beadman aboard.
Two more of the four internationally-trained horses in the 2011 Caulfield Cup field this year, which is a record number of internationals for the race, follow in the weights with the Luca Cumani-trained stablemates Drunken Sailor and Manighar on 56.5kg along with Michael Kent’s American import Unusual Suspect.
The final Northern Hemisphere-trained horse in Caulfield Cup contention this year is Brian Ellison’s unlucky Herbert Power Stakes eighth placegetter, Saptapadi who will be ridden by Mark Zahra on 54.5kg.
In the past 22 years the only two international-prepared Caulfield Cup winners have been Taufan’s Melody (1998) and All The Good (2008).
Anthony Freedman’s spruik German import Lucas Cranach, who was crunched in the ante-post Caulfield Cup markets, makes their Australian race debut on Saturday with Corey Brown to ride.
“He won a Group 2 in Germany and was fifth last start to Prix d’le Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream and that looks very good form for this,” Racing Victoria’s Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter said of Lucas Cranach.
The horse is preparing for their spring grand final in the 2011 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November, for which they are equal $10 favourite along with defending champion Americain through Luxbet.
“We’re very happy with him,” Freedman said.
“All the signs are there that he’ll be competitive and up to this level here and the horse is very fit and well.”
Absolutely is one of only eight Australian-bred horses among the Caulfield Cup acceptances this year, Michael Kent’s AJC Oaks winner over the 2400 metres out to improve on her last-start sixth to December Draw in the Turnbull.
Meanwhile popular Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse will seek back-to-back victories in the Caulfield Cup following the success of Descarado 12 months ago with Tullamore.
The five-year-old Savabeel gelding won the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) during the winter but has been well beaten in their three first-up runs this season including their last-start eighth to The Verminator in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 1.
See below for the full 2011 BMW Caulfield Cup final field, jockeys and weights.
The official Caulfield Cup 2011 barrier draw will take place on-site at Caulfield Racecourse at 11am (EDT) tomorrow ahead of the Thousand Guineas Day racing action at the track.
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2011 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Weights
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (Penalty)||Hcp Rating|
|1||2132331X34||MIGHTY HIGH (FR)||John Moore||Darren Beadman||0||57kg||109|
|2||0X446X1313||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Dwayne Dunn||0||56.5kg||110|
|3||52573X3484||MANIGHAR (FR)||Luca Cumani||Damien Oliver||0||56.5kg||110|
|4||93621X5X40||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Nash Rawiller||0||56.5kg||110|
|5||1111X4215X||LUCAS CRANACH (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Corey Brown||0||56kg||109|
|6||18X025X670||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||0||56kg||108|
|7||1341FX6022||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller||–||0||55.5kg||109|
|8||031141X002||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||Kerrin McEvoy||0||55kg||104|
|9||98X11X2111||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||0||54.5kg (2.0kg)||112|
|10||2534X75558||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Brian Ellison||Mark Zahra||0||54.5kg||103|
|11||211421X838||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Newitt||0||54.5kg||101|
|12||X63321X566||ABSOLUTELY||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||0||54kg||105|
|13||11255X0061||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Chris Symons||0||53.5kg||103|
|14||X40121X072||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dean Yendall||0||53.5kg||101|
|15||14109X5737||DOMESKY||Michael Kent||Brenton Avdulla||0||53kg||94|
|16||11585X8921||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||0||53kg (0.5kg)||95|
|17||19435X0067||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||0||53kg||95|
|18||1723X00424||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Williams||0||52.5kg||105|
|19e||X207155309||SPECHENKA||Ben Ahrens||Michael Walker||0||53kg||92|
|20e||111X5X3739||LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Ms Michelle Payne||0||52.5kg||98|
|21e||2322X00445||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Chris Symons||0||52.5kg||89|
|22e||X9111X5814||MIDNIGHT MARTINI||Mark Kavanagh||–||0||52.5kg||89|