The 2013 Caulfield Cup (2400m) final field has been released; with eighteen runners as well as four emergencies included in the field for the world’s richest 2400 metre handicap race that will be run at Caulfield Racecourseon Saturday.
22 horses were paid up for at the final acceptance stage for the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Racing Club was forced to decide who would be awarded the final position in the field after Gai Waterhouse-trained Julienas and European stayer Forgotten Voice could not be separated in the order of entry.
The Melbourne Racing Club decided that Julienas, who finished second behind Seville in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), would take the final position in the field while Forgotten Voice would be the first emergency from Sneak A Peek, Ibicenco and Oasis Bloom.
The announcement of the 2013 Caulfield Cup final field has not made a great deal of difference to Caulfield Cup betting markets and Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur remains the clear favorite.
Hawkspur was backed into Caulfield Cup favoritism after scoring a dominant victory in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick and was backed into even shorter Caulfield Cup odds following his fast-finishing fifth behind Happy Trails in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington just under a fortnight ago.
The next best-backed runner in Caulfield Cup betting has been Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Dandino who, at this stage, will be the only European-trained runner in the field.
Dandino has performed strongly since joining the stable of leading European trainer Marco Botti earlier this year; finishing second in both the Group 3 Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes (2414m) at Newmarket and the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) during the Royal Ascot before scoring a well-deserved win in the American St Leger Stakes (2714m) in Arlington.
The Dansili entire has impressed observers with his work since arriving at the International Horse Centre at Werribee just over a fortnight ago and this morning took part in a light canter over 1600 metres with two-time Caulfield Cup winner jockey Craig Williams, who will ride Dandino this Saturday, on board.
The 2013 Caulfield Cup may not have as many international runners as last year’s race that was won by Dunaden but it is still set to be an enthralling race; with very little separating the 18 runners in the field.
Other top contenders in the Caulfield Cup in the final field released today are:
- Royal Descent (Chris Waller) – The Australian Oaks winner is still chasing her first victory this campaign but was only narrowly defeated in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1200m) as well as the Group 1 George Main Stakes and is favored by the handicap conditions of the Caulfield Cup; carrying only 54kg with leading jockey Nash Rawiller on board.
- Silent Achiever (Roger James) – The classy Kiwi mare has improved at each start this preparation and gets into the race well with only 54.5kg. The five-year-old will relish the step-up to 2400 metres and has leading jockey Glen Boss, who is looking for his first ever Caulfield Cup win, on board.
- Fawkner (Robert Hickmott) – Fawkner looked the winner in the Turnbull Stakes before dying on his run at the fifty metre mark and there are some question marks over whether he can run out a strong 2400 metres. Owner Lloyd Williams is a savvy operator and he would have the Reset gelding as his only representative in the race if he thought he was suspect at the trip.
- Jet Away (David Hayes) – Jet Away has only had one lead-up run heading into the Caulfield Cup (2400m), finishing seventh in the Turnbull Stakes, but Hayes is hopeful that the imported stayer will handle a European-style preparation. The Cape Cross entire has recorded two wins from three starts in Australia.
- Dear Demi (Clarry Connors) – Dear Demi returned to form with a third place finish behind It’s A Dundeel and Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and is another mare that will relish the step up to 2400 metres having won the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) during the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival.
One of the best backed roughies in the Caulfield Cup field has been German import Waldpark drifted out to Caulfield Cup odds as high as $151 after he finished a disappointing fifth in the Benalla Gold Cup (2046m) last Sunday but has been well backed after producing a strong piece of work on the Caulfield course proper this morning.
The Dubawi entire has failed to fire since arriving in Australia but his best form in Europe was over a mile and a half and he finished within half a length of equine superstar Novellist in the Group 2 Grosser Preis Der Badischen Unterenhmer in May.
Waldpark is joined in the 2013 Caulfield Cup final field by fellow European imports: triple Group 1 winner Manighar, Peter Moody-trained My Quest For Peace, Hill Stakes winner Moriarty, last year’s beaten favourite Glencadam Gold, Melbourne Cup contender Kelinni and Gai Waterhouse-trained Julienas.
Flying the flag for Southern Hemisphere-bred stayers are: Naturalism Stakes winner Mr O’ceirin, star Western Australian galloper Mr Moet, Pat Carey-trained Ethiopia and Mornington Cup winner Tuscan Fire.
See the table below for the 2013 Caulfield Cup final field, jockeys, trainers and weights.
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