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Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden will take a different route to Australia’s biggest race this year, with the French star set to contest Saturday’s Group 1 2012 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
But luck has not been kind to the first-time Caulfield Cup participant who has to overcome an early obstacle of the widest draw in the field after receiving barrier 22 this morning.
The six-year-old entire has not won since he took out the Hong Kong Vase following last year’s Melbourne Cup but placed in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
For a full rundown on the stats that matter when it comes to Dunaden this weekend, keep reading below.
#2 Dunaden – Horse Facts
- Jockey: Craig Williams
- Trainer: Mikel Delzanges
- Owners: Pearl Bloodstock Pty (MGR. R M LEVITT)
- Age: 6YO
- Gender: Stallion
- Breeding: by Nicobar out of La Marlia
- Career: 33-9-9-7
- Last 6: X3326X
- Current 2012 Caulfield Cup Odds: $7.00
Why Dunaden Can Become the 2012 Caulfield Cup winner
- A proven stayer who will have no problems running the distance
- Is genuine class, having won last year’s Melbourne Cup
- Has top Australian jockey Craig Williams aboard
- Has winning experience over the distance
- Trackwork reports have been very positive, travelled well
Why Dunaden Can’t Become the 2012 Caulfield Cup winner
- Will carry 58kg, 4kg more than he carried to win the Melbourne Cup
- Barrier 22, Craig Williams has previously stated the importance of an inside barrier for Dunaden
- Has not won since December
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