41 Horses Still in Caulfield Cup 2013 Contention – 3rd Declarations

Third declarations for the 2013 Caulfield Cup were taken by Racing Victoria today with 41 horses still heading towards a start in the world’s richest mile and a half handicap.


Current favourite Hawkspur is one of five Chris Waller-trained Caulfield Cup 2013 third acceptors. Photo: Steve Hart.

The numbers for this year’s $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), due to run Saturday week on October 19 at Caulfield Racecourse, are down from 72 at second acceptance stage last month.

Current favourites in the Caulfield Cup post-third declaration odds are the Chris Waller-trained duo of Hawkspur and Royal Descent.

Winner of the Queensland Derby as a three-year-old during the winter, Purrealist four-year-old Hawkspur ran on the weekend at Flemington finishing a credible fifth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in a run they are sure to improve on over more distance.

Royal Descent also won a Group 1 for Waller last season taking out the ATC Oaks and finished a luckless 11th in the Turnbull with a run that lost her few admirers going into the Caulfield Cup.

Waller also paid up for Makybe Diva Stakes champ Foreteller who ran 12th in the Underwood last start, last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placed Kelinni and Moriarty who ran fifth in the Group 1 The Metropolitan over the 2400m in Sydney on the weekend.

Other top fancies in the latest Caulfield Cup betting markets meanwhile include the Roger James-trained Kiwi mare Silent Achiever, last start USA St Leger winner Dandino, David Hayes’ British import Jet Away, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Australian Cup champ Super Cool and recent Underwood Stakes minor placegetter Dear Demi.

Two Caulfield Cup third acceptors meanwhile were penalised for their wins over the weekend with the Lloyd Williams-owned Seville who did a stellar job to win the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney and the Michael Moroney-trained Araldo both copping an extra 1kg.

High Chaparral stallion Araldo was actually second over the line in the Listed The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington but was awarded the official win upon protest over Melbourne Cup-bound Sea Moon.

Seville meanwhile will be out to become the fourth horse since 1980 to complete the Metropolitan – Caulfield Cup double following Tawqeet (2006), Railings (2005) and Hayai (1983) who were all also penalised 1kg for their respective Metrop victories.

Going back to Sea Moon, also owned by Lloyd Williams, they are one of three Caulfield Cup third acceptors yet to pass the first ballot clause along with international galloper Trevieres and the David Hayes-trained Bass Strait.

The trio gets a chance this weekend racing in either the $400,000 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) or the $220,000 Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield, the winners of which are exempt from Caulfield Cup ballot.

Two notable omissions from Caulfield Cup contention are then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente and Trent Busuttin’s Kiwi galloper Sangster.

Waterhouse’s Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Fiorente was a brave fourth in the Turnbull on the weekend and will now head towards the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), which they ran second to Green Moon in in their Australian debut last spring, via the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) under weight-for-age conditions on October 26.

Sangster, who bummed out with a dead last in the Turnbull, meanwhile has had their goals reevaluated and they will now run in the $250,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day.

The 2013 Caulfield Cup final field is now due for release on Tuesday October 15 and will be published right here at Races.com.au.

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2013 Caulfield Cup Third Declarations

Caulfield Racecourse – 19/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 4 58kg 116
2 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 39 57kg 2
3 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 5= 56.5kg 114
4 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 8= 55kg 4
5 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 8= 55kg 110
6 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 8= 55kg 110
7 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 8= 55kg (inc. 1.0kg penalty) 107
8 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh 5= 55kg 113
9 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 1 54.5kg 110
10 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 12= 54.5kg 4.5
11 WALDPARK (GER) Anthony Freedman 12= 54.5kg 109
12 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 17= 54kg 5
13 MR MOET Adam Durrant 17= 54kg 108
14 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins 17= 54kg 107
15 TANBY Robert Hickmott 17= 54kg 107
16 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 22= 53.5kg 107
17 JET AWAY (GB) David Hayes 22= 53.5kg 106
18 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 22= 53.5kg 5.5
19 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 22= 53.5kg 5.5
20 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody 22= 53.5kg 106
21 FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) Nicky Henderson 27= 53kg 6
22 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 12= 53kg 105
23 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 27= 53kg 6
24 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 2 53kg (inc. 0.5kg penalty) 103
25 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 12= 53kg 112
26 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 29= 52.5kg 103
27 KESAMPOUR (FR) Peter G Moody 29= 52.5kg 101
28 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent 17= 52.5kg 106
29 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 7 52.5kg 107
30 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 29= 52.5kg 6.5
31 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 32 52kg 102
32 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan 3 52kg 102
33 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 12= 51.5kg 104
34 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 34= 51kg (inc. 1.0kg penalty) 90
35 MOTIVADO (GB) David Hayes 34= 51kg 93
36 TREVIERES (FR) Markus Nigge 40 50.5kg 99
37 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes 41 50kg 71
38 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes 37= 50kg 89
39 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 37= 50kg 78
40 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 33 50kg 98
41 TALENT SHOW Graeme Ballantyne 34= 50kg 99