2014 Caulfield Cup Weights Released – Silent Achiever Big Winner

Today Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announced the handicaps for the Caulfield Cup 2014, one of the big winners weight wise looking to be Roger James’s smart Kiwi mare Silent Achiever with 54.5kg.

Silent Achiever

Silent Achiever looks well weighted for this year's 2014 Caulfield Cup on October 18. Photo: Steve Hart.

Melbourne Cup bound this spring, connections of the four-time Group 1 winning daughter of O’Reilly could now be very tempted to use the $3 million Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) as a stepping stone to the world’s richest handicap.

Run on October 18 at Caulfield Racecourse, this year’s Caulfield Cup attracted a bumper 222 nominations including a record 44 internationals.

That gave Carpenter a tough assignment when allocating the Caulfield Cup weights, led this year by the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram with 58kg as the highest internationally rated horse, especially based on the strength and depth of the entries.

“It’s one of the most competitive renewals of the race I’ve seen,” Carpenter told TVN.

“I’ve set the puzzle….now everyone has to assess the weights and work out what they have to do and what they have to win to get in.”

Carpenter looks to have done Silent Achiever a favour with her 54.5kg allocation, the same weight she carried last year after an original handicap of 52.5kg was raised to be beaten only two and a half lengths by Fawkner when eighth.

Since then however she proved the star of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival going back-to-back at Rosehill to beat Carlton House in the Ranvet Stakes and It’s A Dundeel in The BMW.

Pre-weight allocations Silent Achiever paid $21 to win the Caulfield Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au, a price sure to firm this afternoon.

Carpenter said the 54.5kg was the same weight Mannerism carried to victory back in 1992 with the only mare to win with more being Tranquil Star back in 1942 with 56kg.

Key Local Caulfield Cup Weights

  • Silent Achiever (54.5kg) – With this weight the autumn’s dominant weight-for-age horse is sure to be coming to the Caulfield Cup and could be hard to beat.
  • Criterion (54.5kg) – Highly regarded four-year-old, more likely going into the Cox Plate. David Payne’s Sebring stallion has been given a similar weight to Sky Heights in 1999, allocated 55kg before carrying 56.5kg. The form is similar too as they won the Rosehill Guineas and AJC Derby as did Criterion in the autumn.
  • The Offer (54.5kg)Gai Waterhouse’s Sydney Cup winner is right up the early Caulfield Cup odds based on the trainer’s Melbourne Cup win last year with Fiorente. One horse, along with Silent Achiever, Carpenter admitted to nearly allocating more weight to. Very dominant with three straight wins in the autumn including a four length runaway victory in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m). Visually a very impressive win but the strength of what he beat that day is somewhat questionable.
  • Rising Romance (51kg) – Could be a struggle for the one-time favourite to make the field now with this light weight. Donna Logan-trained Kiwi mare travelled down under during the autumn and enjoyed a Group 1 ATC Oaks win over the 2400m at Randwick. Not form Carpenter rates highly enough for the Caulfield Cup however and she’ll be needing a ballot exempt win.
  • La Amistad (50kg) – Big blow for the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Redoute’s Choice mare, a close relation to triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. She has been right up in the top two or three of Caulfield Cup betting but now the challenge is making the field with this weight. She’s another that will have to go into the ballot exemption offerings like the Naturalism to gain a start, and she’ll be needing to win. Carpenter described this one as a case of public sentiment v actual potential.

As mentioned above this year’s Caulfield Cup weights are led by British raider Mukhadram with 58kg, the Shamardal stallion having won the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes (2000m) two back in July.

He, along with the second heaviest weighted hope Dan Excel (57kg) for expat Aussie trainer John Moore in Hong Kong, however are far from confirmed to make the trip down under.

If that’s the case then the Caulfield Cup weights will be raised two kilos to bring Japan’s Admire Rakti, allocated 56kg, up to the minimum top weight of 58kg.

Also in the picture for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4, Heart’s Cry seven-year-old Admire Rakti is one horse Carpenter warns not to write off.

“Anyone that thinks he is not without a winning chance need to drill right down to his form,” Carpenter said.

That form includes a very nice fourth when beaten just over a length by Gentildonna in the Group 1 Japan Cup (2413m) last November, as well as a first-up second behind a genuine champion in Gold Ship this March in the Grade 2 Hanshin Daishoten Stakes (2614m).

“He has similar and interesting form line to (2006 Melbourne Cup winner) Delta Blues,” Carpenter added.

Key Caulfield Cup Top Weights

  • Mukahadram (58kg) – Top rated internationally and the natural top weight for Carpenter to allocate the 58kg to, but might not run causing weights to be raised.
  • Dan Excel (57kg) – Also in doubt of travelling down under for the race, Moore’s Shamardal seven-year-old was last seen continuing his ace form this year with a win in the Group 1 Singapore International Cup (2000m) in May.
  • Admire Rakti (56kg) – Awesome lead-up form according to form specialist Carpenter and could be the top weight on Caulfield Cup Day if Mukhadram and Dan Excel don’t accept.
  • Fawkner (56kg) – The defending Caulfield Cup champion is out to become the seventh dual winner of the classic, but only two before him have done it back-to-back with Poseidon (1906-07) and Rising Fast (1954-55). Robert Hickmott-trained Reset seven-year-old hasn’t raced since a seventh in the William Reid Stakes back in March.

“It’s a challenge for him,” Carpenter said of Fawkner’s bid at a successive Caulfield Cup trophy in 2014.

“We’ve only seen him sparingly since last year.

“It’s a test for him to defend his crown this year.”

  • Red Cadeaux (55.5kg) – Dual Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is confirmed as coming down under for a fourth shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’ but could this year run in his first Caulfield Cup. Prepared by Ed Dunlop at Newmarket  this European nine-year-old caught the eye first-up in the Geoffrey Freer when running a close fourth but Carpenter has been kind with his allocation as no horse this age has won the Caulfield Cup.

Other Key International Caulfield Cup Weights

  • Dandino (55kg) – Confirmed as a non-runner today with connections to focus solely on the Melbourne Cup for last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up owned by Australia’s ATB but raced in Europe under the care of Marco Botti.
  • Bande (54.5kg) – The other highly touted Japanese raider in the mix for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup this year, he ran third to Gold Ship in the Grade 2 form that Carpenter rates highly before an impressive all the way win in Listed company to win by five lengths last time out proving a progressive stayer with genuine claims down under.
  • Protectionist (54.5kg)Andreas Wohler-trained German raider that won the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) on August 24, a French race that has proven to be a great form line for the spring cups down under in recent years.
  • Seismos (54kg)Marco Botti’s veteran returned to winning form at Newbury last month to beat home the likes of Red Cadeaux (4th) in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer (2700m). Another ATB-owned galloper with claims for Darren Dance and co.

See below for the full 2014 Caulfield Cup handicaps, the first acceptances taken next Tuesday, September 9.

Our preferred online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au will be releasing their updated Caulfield Cup odds shortly so make sure you’ve got an account open and ready to go with the country’s best bookie this spring!

2014 Caulfield Cup Weights

Caulfield Racecourse – 18/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Weight Hcp. Rating
1 MUKHADRAM (GB) William Haggas 58kg 1
2 DAN EXCEL (IRE) John Moore 57kg 2
3 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda 56kg 3
4 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 56kg 3
5 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 55.5kg 3.5
6 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 55kg 4
7 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 55kg 4
8 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 55kg 4
9 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 55kg 4
10 SMOKING SUN (USA) Pascal Bary 55kg 4
11 BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi 54.5kg 4.5
12 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne 54.5kg 3
13 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 54.5kg 4.5
14 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler 54.5kg 4.5
15 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding 54.5kg 4.5
16 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 54.5kg 3
17 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 4.5
18 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe 54kg 5
19 GRANDEUR (IRE) Jeremy Noseda 54kg 5
20 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Marco Botti 54kg 5
21 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 54kg 5
22 SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti 54kg 5
23 TERRUBI (IRE) David Payne 54kg 5
24 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 53.5kg 5.5
25 HILLSTAR (GB) Sir Michael Stoute 53.5kg 5.5
26 PETHER’S MOON (IRE) Richard Hannon 53.5kg 5.5
27 CERTERACH (IRE) Michael Halford 53kg 6
28 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 53kg 6
29 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 53kg 6
30 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 53kg 4.5
31 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 53kg 6
32 STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 53kg 6
33 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott 52.5kg 6.5
34 AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian 52.5kg 5
35 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners 52.5kg 5
36 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 52.5kg 6.5
37 PAKAL (GER) Mick Price 52.5kg 6.5
38 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 52.5kg 6.5
39 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay 52.5kg 5
40 TOP TRIP (GB) Francois Doumen 52.5kg 6.5
41 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 52.5kg 6.5
42 BAGMAN Chris Waller 52kg 7
43 BLACK TYCOON Darren Weir 52kg 7
44 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 52kg 7
45 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 52kg 7
46 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 52kg 7
47 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 52kg 7
48 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 52kg 7
49 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 52kg 7
50 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 52kg 7
51 SINGING (FR) Kris Lees 52kg 7
52 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 52kg 7
53 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 52kg 7
54 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 52kg 5.5
55 ADMIRE FLIGHT (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida 51.5kg 7.5
56 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 51.5kg 7.5
57 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 51.5kg 7.5
58 CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 51.5kg 7.5
59 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51.5kg 7.5
60 HAVANA BEAT (IRE) Andrew Balding 51.5kg 7.5
61 JUST THE JUDGE (IRE) Charles Hills 51.5kg 6
62 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 51.5kg 7.5
63 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 51.5kg 7.5
64 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 51.5kg 7.5
65 OUTBACK JOE Nigel Blackiston 51.5kg 7.5
66 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees 51.5kg 7.5
67 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 51.5kg 7.5
68 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 51kg 8
69 AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre 51kg 8
70 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 51kg 8
71 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 51kg 8
72 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 51kg 8
73 GLORIOUS PROTECTOR (IRE) Ed Walker 51kg 8
74 HONORIUS David Payne 51kg 8
75 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith 51kg 8
76 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent 51kg 5
77 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 51kg 5
78 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 51kg 5
79 SCAPOLO (NZ) Kevin Myers 51kg 8
80 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 51kg 8
81 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 51kg 6.5
82 VENUS DE MILO (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 51kg 6.5
83 ZEPHYRON (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51kg 8
84 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) David Simcock 50.5kg 8.5
85 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 50.5kg 8.5
86 MANALAPAN (IRE) Patrick Prendergast 50.5kg 8.5
87 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Luca Cumani 50.5kg 8.5
88 SIRIUS (GER) Andreas Lowe 50.5kg 5.5
89 VAN PERCY (GB) Andrew Balding 50.5kg 8.5
90 ALBONETTI Sue Jaensch 50kg 9
91 ALI VITAL (NZ) Robbie Laing 50kg 9
92 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 50kg 9
93 ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE) Richard Fahey 50kg 9
94 AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings 50kg 9
95 ARCHEAN (USA) David Vandyke 50kg 9
96 ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 50kg 9
97 AUSSIE REIGNS (IRE) William J Knight 50kg 9
98 AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 50kg 9
99 AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 50kg 9
100 BARDEM (NZ) Peter G Moody 50kg 9
101 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 50kg 9
102 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) Chris Waller 50kg 9
103 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
104 BIOGRAPHER (GB) David Lanigan 50kg 9
105 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys 50kg 9
106 CAILLEBOTTE (IRE) Mick Price 50kg 9
107 CAMPANOLOGY (GB) Chris Waller 50kg 9
108 CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 50kg 9
109 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Danny O’Brien 50kg 9
110 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 50kg 9
111 COMMANDING TIME Brendan McCarthy 50kg 9
112 COSTUME (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 50kg 7.5
113 COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price 50kg 9
114 DANCHAI (GB) Chris Waller 50kg 9
115 DARK THUNDER (NZ) Robbie Laing 50kg 9
116 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace 50kg 9
117 DENONINATOR John Symons & Sheila Laxon 50kg 9
118 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston 50kg 9
119 DIAMONDSINTHENIGHT David Pfieffer 50kg 9
120 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 50kg 9
121 EGO’S BETTER Ray Cross 50kg 9
122 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 50kg 7.5
123 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
124 FALAMONTE (NZ) Robbie Laing 50kg 9
125 FAST DRAGON Bruce Wallace 50kg 9
126 FLEDGED (GB) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
127 FLEURISSIME Trevor Rogers 50kg 9
128 FORGOTTEN HERO (IRE) Charles Hills 50kg 9
129 GABRIAL (IRE) Richard Fahey 50kg 9
130 GALLATIN John O’Shea 50kg 8.5
131 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 50kg 8
132 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 50kg 9
133 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 50kg 9
134 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 50kg 9
135 HARTANI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg 9
136 HATHRAS (GB) Kris Lees 50kg 9
137 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 50kg 9
138 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50kg 9
139 HOOKED John P Thompson 50kg 7.5
140 INITIATOR (GB) Aaron Purcell 50kg 9
141 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Ron Quinton 50kg 9
142 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 50kg 9
143 KAPOUR (IRE) Ciaron Maher 50kg 9
144 KELINNI (IRE) Marco Botti 50kg 9
145 KINCAPLE (NZ) Mark Webb 50kg 9
146 KINGFISHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 50kg 7
147 KOURKAM (FR) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
148 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 50kg 7.5
149 LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50kg 9
150 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 50kg 8.5
151 LIVERY (IRE) Robert Smerdon 50kg 9
152 LORNA MAY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 50kg 9
153 MADE TO ORDER Chris Waller 50kg 9
154 MAGNAPAL Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 50kg 9
155 MANDURO’S SON (IRE) Michael Moroney 50kg 9
156 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher 50kg 9
157 MARTIAN (IRE) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
158 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 50kg 9
159 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg 9
160 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke 50kg 9
161 MICHELANGELO (GB) Gai Waterhouse 50kg 9
162 MISSVONN David Vandyke 50kg 9
163 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney 50kg 9
164 MOBACO (FR) Darren Weir 50kg 9
165 MOMENT IN TIME (IRE) David Simcock 50kg 8
166 MORE THAN SACRED Robert Smerdon 50kg 8.5
167 MULTILATERAL (USA) Chris Waller 50kg 9
168 MURPHY’S DELIGHT (IRE) Chris Waller 50kg 9
169 NEVIS (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg 9
170 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Stuart Kittow 50kg 8
171 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 50kg 9
172 ORATOR (IRE) Francis-Henri Graffard 50kg 9
173 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 50kg 9
174 ORIENTAL LADY (GER) Kris Lees 50kg 9
175 PENTOMETER (NZ) Chris Waller 50kg 9
176 PHARRELL (NZ) Nick Harnett 50kg 9
177 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 50kg 7.5
178 PLUTOCRACY (IRE) David Lanigan 50kg 9
179 POLYANTHA Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 50kg 9
180 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir 50kg 9
181 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 50kg 9
182 PYTHAGOREAN (GB) Chris Waller 50kg 9
183 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 50kg 9
184 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 50kg 8.5
185 RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 50kg 9
186 REIGNING Chris Waller 50kg 9
187 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti 50kg 9
188 RIO PERDIDO (FR) Kris Lees 50kg 9
189 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 50kg 9
190 SAGUARO (NZ) Peter G Moody 50kg 9
191 SAINT DESIR (GB) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
192 SAINTLY LAD Bart & James Cummings 50kg 9
193 SCINTILLULA (IRE) John Symons & Sheila Laxon 50kg 8.5
194 SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent 50kg 9
195 SHIKARPOUR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg 9
196 SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir 50kg 9
197 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 50kg 9
198 SIR WALTER SCOTT (IRE) Luca Cumani 50kg 9
199 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 50kg 6.5
200 SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 50kg 9
201 ST JEAN (IRE) Aaron Purcell 50kg 9
202 STREAMING BY (GB) Tony McEvoy 50kg 9
203 SWEET AS BRO (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 50kg 9
204 TERONADO Bruce W Hill 50kg 8.5
205 TEXT’N HURLEY Colin Little 50kg 8.5
206 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott 50kg 9
207 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 50kg 9
208 TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Chris Waller 50kg 9
209 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 50kg 9
210 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) Robbie Laing 50kg 9
211 TUCANCHOO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 50kg 9
212 TURNER BAYOU (NZ) Patrick Payne 50kg 9
213 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 50kg 8.5
214 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller 50kg 7.5
215 WEISSMULLER (NZ) Andrew R Campbell 50kg 9
216 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 50kg 9
217 WROTHAM HEATH (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 50kg 9
218 ZANBAGH Patrick Payne 50kg 6
219 ZEVADA (NZ) Tony Noonan 50kg 9
220 HUNTERS GRACE Daniel P Kelly 49kg 9

*Excludes two from nomination stage

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