Big 4 Out of 2012 Caulfield Cup Third Declarations

Four big name gallopers will bypass the Caulfield Cup 2012 on October 20 and go straight to the Cox Plate the following Saturday it has been revealed with third acceptances for both of the spring majors released today.

Green Moon

Green Moon is one of the big name defectors from the 2012 Caulfield Cup third declarations

There are now 41 gallopers still in contention for the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2040m) after third acceptances cut the number of hopefuls down from 80 (second acceptors).

The four most notable non-Caulfield Cup 2012 third acceptors were:

  • Green Moon (Robert Hickmott) – Lloyd Williams-owned galloper ran second in the Caulfield Cup last year but will start a top fancy for the Cox Plate this year having won the Turnbull Stakes last Saturday
  • Mourayan (Robert Hickmott) – Stablemate of Green Moon also a winner last weekend having scored a tight victory in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick
  • Manighar (Peter Moody) – Ace Moody import is a triple Group 1 winner down under during the autumn, last seen running a below par sixth to Ocean Park in the Underwood Stakes
  • Shoot Out (Chris Waller) – Recent winner of the George Main Stakes first-up, was out of luck when seventh in the Epsom Handicap and will likely be kept to 2000m this prep

Other notable omissions from the Caulfield Cup entries include the injured Lamasery, and top Melbourne Cup chance Mount Athos from the UK stables of Luca Cumani.

Meanwhile the top three horses in 2012 Caulfield Cup betting are still in the mix with:

  • Glencadam Gold ($4.50) – Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite for the Melbourne Cup also after this British import retained their undefeated status down under with a mighty four length effort in The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick last Saturday
  • December Draw ($9) – Mark Kavanagh’s beaten favourite last year when fracturing their leg during the run, in flying form again this spring having run a close third in both the Underwood Stakes and Turnbull Stakes with improvement to come
  • Seville ($11) – Progressive Robert Hickmott-trained import this four-year-old caught the eye at Flemington on the weekend when running a close fourth to Green Moon in the Turnbull

Adding more interest to the 2012 Caulfield Cup third acceptances are the likes of defending Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed and the past two Melbourne Cup winners Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) who are both set for the coveted spring cups double.

Along with Americain and Dunaden other notable international raiders featuring in the Caulfield Cup third acceptances 2012 include the Mark Botti-trained Jakkalberry who won the American St Leger last time out and who is owned by Aussie interests, the Andre Fabre-trained Brigantin and American’s stablemate Shahwardi who will look to move up the Caulfield Cup ballot with a win in the $220,000 Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield this Saturday.

The 2012 Caulfield Cup final field of acceptors will now be taken on October 16, 2012 and published right here at

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2012 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances

Caulfield Racecourse – 20/10/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 103
2 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 118
3 AULD BURNS (GB) David Hayes 81
4 BIANMICK Michael Brady 100
5 BRIGANTIN (USA) Andre Fabre 107
6 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 90
7 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek 103
8 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 112
9 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 118
10 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 97
12 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope 102
13 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 101
14 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
15 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani 100
16 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 101
17 JAKKALBERRY (IRE) Marco Botti 113
18 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 112
19 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
20 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 107
21 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 104
22 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 95
23 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Luca Cumani 108
24 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
25 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien 105
26 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 105
27 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Michael Moroney 82
28 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 94
29 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 108
30 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 112
31 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 108
32 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 101
33 SILENT SURROUND William Smart 93
34 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 104
35 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 115
36 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent 108
37 TANBY Robert Hickmott 104
38 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 104
39 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 110
40 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler 111
41 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 101

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