Dunaden Caulfield Cup 2012 Winner – Williams

October 10, 2012

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Dunaden Caulfield Cup 2012 Winner – Williams

Craig Williams has declared his mount Dunaden as the horse to beat in the 2012 Caulfield Cup this month, the ace Australian hoop believing the French-trained stayer could actually be more suited to the mile and a half classic than the two miles of the Melbourne Cup.

Dunaden

Dunaden is on track for the 2012 Caulfield Cup on October 20

Last spring the Mikel Delzangels-trained Nicobar stallion travelled down under and stole the show when winning the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double in Melbourne, the same two races fellow French champion Americain saluted in the year before.

From there Dunaden travelled to Hong Kong to take out the Group 1 HK Vase over 2400m, but they have remained winless since.

The now seven-year-old has raced four times this year, their best result being a second to Sea Moon in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) at Ascot back in June.

Williams, who was aboard Dunaden for their Geelong Cup victory but who missed the historical Melbourne Cup mount due to suspension, travelled over to Britain for the horse’s most recent run in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2414m) on July 21.

The duo failed to reproduce their Hong Kong winning form however with Dunaden weakening inside the final furlong to run three and a half lengths away sixth to Danedream.

This spring connections have decided to not only send Dunaden to the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November to defend their title, but to chase the coveted spring cups double with the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20 also on the agenda.

Yesterday Dunaden was one of 41 stayers making up the 2012 Caulfield Cup third declarations, and while originally skeptical over whether the Caulfield Cup was the right first-up race for the champ, Williams is now brimming with confidence after partnering the progressive galloper in a hitout at Werribee on Tuesday.

“My feeling is that the Caulfield Cup will be more suitable than the Melbourne Cup,” Williams said on Tuesday.

“There’s no doubt that the way that he’s going now, because the weights are so compressed, he can definitely win the Caulfield Cup with his 58 kilos.

“I’d say the way the Caulfield Cup is usually run, it’s going to be more to his liking.

“He’s a lot bigger and stronger than last year.

“Because his physique changed, they were much happier to run with the 58 kilos.

“When I rode him in Europe, I thought he was a different horse and a lot sharper.

“He felt like a mile and a half horse, not a two mile horse and it was the same this morning.”

The Tuesday gallop over 1400m, the last 600m of which was done in 37 seconds, was Dunaden’s first since arriving back in Australia and Williams believes they have plenty of improvement in them from now until Caulfield Cup Day.

“I was happy with what he did today and I know he’s got improvement in him,” Williams said.

“When we started to canter off he really came to life and I really had to hang on to him.

“His trainer Mikel Delzangles flies in next Sunday and I’ll be back to ride him in a gallop next Monday and I expect there to be plenty of improvement.

“I’m looking forward to seeing his progress on Monday.”

In the latest Caulfield Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Duanden is the $14 fourth favourite following Gai Waterhouse’s The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold ($4.60), last year’s beaten favourite December Draw ($9) and the Robert Hickmott-trained Seville ($11) who caught the eye when a close second to Green Moon in the Turnbull Stakes last Saturday.

Check out the full range of Caulfield Cup betting odds and options online now at bookmaker.com.au – Australia’s premier online sportsbook giving away $400 bonus bets to all new depositing customers that quote the code BONUSBET this season!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field