The countdown to the 2012 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is nearly over and this year is one of the most open contests in recent years.
A highly competitive field of both locals, imports and international raiders will contest the time-honoured event.
Hall of fame trainer Gai Waterhouse, who won the 2010 Caulfield Cup with Descarado, has favourite Glencadam Gold ($5.50) chasing a fifth straight victory since arriving in Australia.
In an open contest, three other runners fall under double figures with December Draw ($7.50) followed by Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden ($8.50) and the OTI-owned My Quest For Peace ($9.00).
But there are plenty of genuine chances at double figures also including Peter Moody-trained mare Lights Of Heaven ($10.00) and former Melbourne Cup winner Americian ($16.00).
Can’t work out who to back in the Caulfield Cup this year? Keep reading for our detailed selections of who we believe will be filling the placings come race 8 at Caulfield tomorrow.
1st – #10 My Quest For Peace ($9.00)
- Shahwardi showed last week in the Herbet Power Stakes the advantage overseas stayers have over the locals
- Has won five of 10 starts and placed on three other occasions
- Has won his past two starts in the UK including over 2400m at Group 3 level
- Trained by the highly successful Luca Cumani
- Can race with or without cover and Corey Brown should be able to find an ideal position from barrier two
- Gets in well at the weights with 53.5kg, 4.5kg less than Dunaden and Americain
2nd – #3 Jakkalberry ($15.00)
- Has shown he can travel and perform all over the world
- Is a Group 1 winner in Italy
- Finished third in the Dubai Sheema Classic behind Cirrus Des Aigles and St Nicholas Abbey and won American St Leger last start
- Has won first-up on three occasions
- Has multiple Group 1 winning jockey Colm O’Donoghue aboard who knows the horse well after riding in American St Leger
- Reportedly handled the trip to Australia tremendously
3rd – #12 Lights Of Heaven ($10.00)
- Looks the best of the local hopes and has been set for this race by leading trainer Peter Moody
- Drawn well in barrier eight
- At her home track
- Won convincingly in her only attempt at the distance in the Brisbane Cup
- Carries just 53kg
- Consistent mare, having won six times and placed on another five occasions from 17 starts
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