There was a great response to the inaugural Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) yesterday as first declarations were taken by Racing Victoria.
103 first acceptors declared for the October 18 race. This is a fantastic result for a Group 3 feature still new on the scene, with the lucrative $750,000 prize pool undoubtedly drawing in the crowd.
The set weights race open to three-year-olds will be held on Caulfield Cup Day for the first time this year, one week after the top three-year-olds in the country run in either the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) or $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The Caulfield Classic also features a $250,000 bonus up for grabs, available to any horse that can win either the Thousand or Caulfield Guineas before backing it up with a Classic victory the following weekend. Unsurprisingly, almost all of the following acceptances are combined from the two Guineas’ – which had their second acceptances taken yesterday.
Of the 103 horses officially accepted yesterday, there were some serious contenders including Almalad, Chivalry, and Go Indy Go.
Gai Waterhouse’s Almalad took out the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) back in June, but just missed out on a top-three place in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 14.
Chivalry is $4.40 early favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au to win the Caulfield Guineas, and could easily back it up with a win in the Classic to take home the bonus $250k. The Mark Kavanagh-trained colt won the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at the end of August, before finishing runner-up at Flemington earlier this month in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m), where he was beat by a nose.
The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Glyas-trained Go Indy Go enjoyed a one length victory over the boys in April’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m). However, the daughter of Bernardini didn’t do as well in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) earlier this month, finishing dead-last behind fellow Classic contender Rich Enuff.
Some of the other notable Caulfield Classic first acceptors include Paul Berry’s Scratch Me Lucky, Listed winning Merion, and Group 3 winning Sweynesse.
The 2014 Caulfield Classic final field will be released on October 15, three days out from the race.
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2014 Caulfield Classic First Acceptances
Caulfield Racecourse – 18/10/2014
|2||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||2||55kg|
|3||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||3||57kg|
|4||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||4||57kg|
|6||RICH ENUFF Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Ken Keys||6||57kg|
|10||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||10||57kg|
|12||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara||12||57kg|
|15||MOONLIGHT HUSSLER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||15||57kg|
|16||LOOKS LIKE THE CAT||Tony Gollan||16||57kg|
|18||MODOC Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Paul Perry||18||57kg|
|20||FONTEIN RUBY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon||20||55kg|
|21||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||21||57kg|
|25||CAVEKA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter G Moody||25||57kg|
|26||FORGIVE AND FORGET||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||26||57kg|
|27||KAIZAEN (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||27||55kg|
|28||FIREHOUSE ROCK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||28||57kg|
|29||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan||29||55kg|
|30||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||30||55kg|
|31||SILENT WHISPER||Lloyd Kennewell||31||57kg|
|32||LOTION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||32||57kg|
|33||GOOD PRINCE||Anthony Cummings||33||57kg|
|34||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher||34||57kg|
|35||WAR POINT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mick Price||35||57kg|
|38||STAVIVA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Matt Laurie||38||57kg|
|39||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings||39||55kg|
|40||TASHBEEH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||40||57kg|
|41||ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||41||57kg|
|42||WILDERNESS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||42||57kg|
|43||DIVAN (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||43||57kg|
|44||EASTERN CAPE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||44||57kg|
|45||PROACTIVE (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||45||57kg|
|46||ARMADA||Peter G Moody||46||57kg|
|47||NOT A HAPPY CAMPER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||47||55kg|
|48||LORD BECKWORTH||Paul Perry||48||57kg|
|49||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||49||55kg|
|51||BERNING DESIRE||Robert Smerdon||51||57kg|
|52||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||52||57kg|
|53||STITCH ME UP Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Shane Nichols||53||57kg|
|54||THE SPITFIRE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||54||57kg|
|56||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings||56||55kg|
|57||MANHATTAN AVENUE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mick Price||57||57kg|
|58||VOLLEY OF FIRE||Anthony Cummings||58||57kg|
|61||MIHANY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||61||57kg|
|62||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||62||57kg|
|63||MUNJIZ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||63||57kg|
|64||SAN PADRE||Michael Kent||64||57kg|
|65||BONDEIGER Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Danny O’Brien||65||57kg|
|66||KAPSET Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Greg Eurell||66||57kg|
|67||SILVER EAGLE||Peter G Moody||67=||57kg|
|69||JUSTAWAY (NZ)||Steve Richards||69||57kg|
|70||ROYAL TRIESTE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||David Brideoake & David Feek||70||55kg|
|71||AWARD OF MERIT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Tony McEvoy||71||57kg|
|72||DUCK DYNASTY (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||72||57kg|
|73||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey||73||55kg|
|74||NOZOMI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Anthony Freedman||74||57kg|
|75||GO JENNIO||Darren Weir||75=||55kg|
|76||TEARS OF JOY||Mark Kavanagh||75=||55kg|
|77||RANDAROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||77||57kg|
|78||DHAHAB||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||78||55kg|
|79||HOSTILE WITNESS||Anthony Cummings||79||55kg|
|80||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||80||57kg|
|81||ATMOSPHERE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||81=||57kg|
|82||WHITE HUNTER||Mark Kavanagh||81=||57kg|
|83||BALLET SUITE||Mark Kavanagh||81=||55kg|
|85||SISTINE STAR||Andrew Noblet||85||55kg|
|86||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy||86||57kg|
|87||HOME RUN HERO||Matt Laurie||87=||57kg|
|88||KODINHI (NZ)||Anthony Freedman||87=||57kg|
|89||THE MIGHTY JROD (NZ)||Robbie Laing||89||57kg|
|91||PELIRROJO||Leon & Troy Corstens||91||57kg|
|93||NAKATAAN (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||93||55kg|
|94||AUTHORITARIAN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Anthony Freedman||94=||57kg|
|95||CASTELO Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Clinton McDonald||94=||57kg|
|97||DOWNTOWN CHICAGO (NZ)||Michael Kent||94=||57kg|
|98||KIWI DREAMER (NZ)||Michael Moroney||94=||57kg|
|100||SIMPLY EXPLOSIVE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||94=||57kg|
|101||VERREAUX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||94=||57kg|
|102||WE FOUND IT||Frankie Stockdale||94=||57kg|
|103||ZIMBABWE (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||94=||57kg|