Can Moody Pull Off 2011 Caulfield Cup Miracle with Macedonian?

Don’t be fooled by the Caulfield Cup 2011 odds that have just two of the 22 acceptors at single-figures, this year’s race is a wide-open affair where every galloper has claims of an upset including Peter Moody’s roughie Macedonian.

Luke Nolen & Peter Moody

Peter Moody with Stable Jockey Luke Nolen who have Macedonian in the 2011 Caulfield Cup

Having just made the field for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), which is set to jump at 4:05pm (EDT) as Caulfield Race 8, six-year-old Macedonian will wear the No. 17 saddlecloth and is due to be ridden by the stable’s ace hoop Luke Nolen.

While they have come through all the right races over the right distances in the right order, Macedonian is far from a superstar on the turf and their generous $61 Caulfield Cup odds at Luxbet reflect this.

Still, there have been some big bets rolling in for the well-bred son of Zabeel as Macedonian has shortened dramatically in Caulfield Cup betting from their original $151 quote.

Moody knows that this is a tough test for a horse of Macedonian’s rating, but eyeing the grand prize of a run in the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November, he’s happy to roll the dice.

“I’m more than happy to take Macedonian there and have a throw at the stumps,” Moody said.

“It can get my bloke in the Melbourne Cup more easily than a Geelong Cup victory.”

Race favourite for the Caulfield Cup is the Mark Kavanagh-trained Turnbull Stakes champion December Draw ($2.50 Luxbet), and Moody is tipping them as the horse to beat.

“December Draw is obviously going to be hard to beat,” Moody admitted.

“He’s a Group 1 winner, racing at the top of his game, takes up a position, and while he hasn’t raced at 2400 metres, I’m not doubting he’ll run it.

“There is none better at Mark Kavanagh at setting for the race and the way this horse has progressed tells me his target is more the Caulfield Cup than the Melbourne Cup.”

Moody has said to expect big improvement from his horse, however, and money is coming in for them from somewhere so below the team take a look at the pros and cons of backing Macedonian in the Caulfield Cup markets at Luxbet.

Macedonian – Horse Details

  • Jockey: Luke Nolen
  • Trainer: Peter Moody
  • Owners: Fairway Thoroughbreds
  • Age: 6YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by Zabeel (NZ) from Society Walk (NZ)
  • Career: 26-5-1-4
  • Prizemoney: $294,276
  • Track: 6-0-0-1
  • Distance: 6-0-0-1
  • Good: 15-3-1-2
  • Current Caulfield Cup Odds: $61 Luxbet

Pros for Macedonian in the 2011 Caulfield Cup Field & Form:

  • Their last-start seventh in the Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) was better than it looks, only four lengths from the winner
  • Has a champion in the mount with experience hoop Luke Nolen to ride
  • Stable trainer and jockey are in-form, but sprints seem their specialty (Black Caviar)
  • Genuine stayer bred for this distance and above
  • Win Rate is not impressive – 19.23%

Cons against Macedonian in the 2011 Caulfield Cup Field & Form:

  • Has run six times at the track but only placed third once
  • Same record for the distance, six starts for one third place finish
  • Hasn’t won a race since the Sandown Cup (3200m) last November
  • Could be looking for more distance

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