2014 Caulfield Cup Betting – Best Fancied Internationals

Betting on the first of the ‘Big Three’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors, the Caulfield Cup 2014 is now open and below we take a look at the best fancied of the record 44 international nominees for the world’s richest mile and a half handicap.

Mount Athos

2013 Melbourne Cup placegetter Mount Athos is one of the best fancied internationals for this year's Caulfield Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

This week Racing Victoria (RV) took an historical-best 221 early entries for the Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), Ladbrokes.com.au markets for which are now open.

The iconic clash runs at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 18 and is worth a highest ever $3 million in prizemoney.

The global interest in the Caulfield Cup, and also the 2014 Cox Plate, is at a peak this season with 44 Northern Hemisphere-trained nominations for the former – up from 20 in 2013.

Stayers from all over including France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom are all in the mix for the Caulfield Cup title this year.

The inflated number looks to be thanks not only to the increase in stakes but also RV announcing prizemoney paid down to 10th instead of only 8th place for the first time.

A trio of internationally-trained raiders has taken out the Caulfield Cup over the years with Taufan’s Melody (2008, UK), All The Good (2008, UK) and Dunaden (2012, France).

Caulfield Cup betting on the official nominees is already heating up with Australian Oaks winning New Zealand mare Rising Romance, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney Cup winner and 2014 Melbourne Cup hope The Offer the equal $15 favourites.

But where do the internationals fall in the markets?

Below we take a look at the shortest priced of the raiders so you can place your early bets at generous odds through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Admire Rakti (JPN)

($26)

  • 7YO Bay Horse
  • D.O.B: 20-Feb-2008
  • By Heart’s Cry (JPN) from Admire Teresa (JPN)
  • Trainer: Tomoyuki Umeda
  • Owners: Richii Kondo
  • Career: 26:6-6-5
  • Prizemoney: $3,270,763
  • Min/Max Win: 1800/3400

One of three Japanese raiders in the mix this year that could be the first horse from Japan in the race since 2010 (Tokai Trick, 12th), this Heart’s Cry stallion was last seen running a disappointing 13th in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over the two miles at Kyoto in May. They haven’t won a race since February last year over 3419m but have been competitive in some good events and 2400m should be their go as they get back and finish hard. Career highlight was a second in the Group 2 Daishoten Stakes earlier this year so will need to lift to win a Caulfield Cup. 2013 Melbourne Cup plans abandoned so out to atone in 2014.

Bande (IRE)

($26)

  • 4YO Bay Horse
  • D.O.B: 01-Jan-2010
  • By Authorized (IRE) from Logica (IRE)
  • Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi
  • Owners: N/A
  • Career: 4:0-0-2
  • Prizemoney: N/A
  • Min/Max Win: N/A

Not much data on this stallion who was a surprise nominee but has Grade 1 form back home in October last year when third in the Japanese St Leger over 3016m. Resumed this March in the Grade 2 Hanshin Daishoten Stakes (2614m) for another third this time behind Gold Ship so looks more a 3200m type than 2400m making the Melbourne Cup more their go.

Cavalryman (GB)

($26)

  • 9YO Bay Horse
  • D.O.B: 26-Sep-2012
  • By Halling (USA) from Silversword (FR)
  • Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor
  • Owners: Godolphin
  • Career: 37:10-5-5
  • Prizemoney: $3,386,154
  • Min/Max Win: 1600/3270

Very versatile and impressive galloper who, despite being a nine-year-old, is racing at career best for Godolphin. This was proven by their back-to-back wins in July most recently defeating a field of fellow spring carnival hopes in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3218m). Definite Melbourne Cup chance as well this spring, a race they ran 12th in back in 2012, but form this time is much stronger and connections are keen.

Dandino (GB)

($26)

  • 8YO Bay or Brown Horse
  • D.O.B: 16-Aug-2013
  • By Dansili (GB) from Generous Diana (GB)
  • Trainer: Marco Botti
  • Owners: Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Merlin Bloodstock, Mr I W Hicks, Mr C J G Smith, Kahlefeldt Family Racing, S C G Racing Pty Ltd, Mr G P Gereaux, Mr M J Eastmure, Mr W E Martin, Mr G De Graaff, Mr C R Willian, Mr M Byrne, Mr V Ristevski, Mr F Morris, Love Racing, Mr R G Cid, Gogetters, Biggsy’s, Baker Bucket List, A T B Dandino
  • Career: 28:8-9-1
  • Prizemoney: $1,525,975
  • Min/Max Win: 1800/2700

Another raider that’s been down under for a Cups’ bid before, the stallion here last spring when runner-up to Fawkner in the Caulfield Cup and then a brave fifth to Fiorente in the ‘race that stops a nation’ in a luckless performance were interference lost them the race. Has had two runs off a length seven and a half month let-up this year running a distant sixth in both. Latest they were defeated 16lengths when dead last to Cavalryman in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2414m) on July 10. Capable of much better having won the Grade 1 American St Leger in the US before their trip down under last year. Owned by Aussie connections (ATB) and trainer Botti has excuses for their failed run last start as he ran them on an unsuitably soft track.

Hillstar (GB)

($26)

  • 5YO Bay Horse
  • D.O.B: 22-Feb-2010
  • By Danehill Dancer (IRE) from Crystal Star (GB)
  • Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owners: N/A
  • Career: 12-2-5-1
  • Prizemoney: N/A
  • Min/Max Win: 1400/2400

British galloper that has been in flying form this season when second in their past two starts at Group 2 level over the mile and a half. The first was in the Hardwick Stakes at Ascot to Telescope before a much closer effort to Cavalryman when only half a length off them in the Princess Of Wales’s. Caulfield Cup distance is ideal, they’re a 2400m specialist, and form can hold.

Mount Athos (IRE)

($26)

  • 8YO Bay Gelding
  • D.O.B: 01-Aug-2011
  • By Montjeu (IRE) from Ionian Sea (GB)
  • Trainer: Marco Botti
  • Owner: Dr. M Koukash
  • Career: 31:9-1-3
  • Prizemoney: $1,016,555
  • Min/Max Win: 2036/2800

One of the most recognisable names on the Caulfield Cup international nominee list this year, Botti’s gelding having appeared in the past two editions of the Melbourne Cup. They were the second elect behind Dunaden in 2012 when prepared by Luca Cumani running fifth after being slow away from the gates and caught up. Twelve months later they returned and caught the eye again with a brilliant third first-up having had to work for it from barrier 22 (of 24). Out to improve on that this time in and their form is looking pretty good after their Listed Newbury win over 2670m in May. Targeting the Caulfield Cup first this time that could be the key.

Venus De Milo (IRE)

($26)

  • 5YO Brown Mare
  • D.O.B: 03-Mar-2010
  • By Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) from Inchmahome (GB)
  • Trainer: Aiden O’Brien
  • Owners: N/A
  • Career: 10-4-3-1
  • Prizemoney: N/A
  • Min/Max Win: N/A

Promising young mare that raced last Saturday at Goodwood in the Fillies’ Group 1 Nassau Stakes (1986m) for a third behind Sultanina. Before that was second in a 2011m of the same class and grade on the back of a Group 3 Munster Oaks Stakes victory over the 2414m. Mile and half is her go, she’s got a few Group 3 wins to her name over the distance and was runner-up over 2414m in the 2013 Irish Oaks. Could also target a 2014 Cox Plate run at Moonee Valley under WFA conditions.

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