Caulfield Cup 2014 Barrier Draw

The Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) barriers were drawn on Wednesday afternoon at 5:45pm (AEDT) for the 18 final field runners plus four emergencies.

Lucia Valentina (outside) and Lidari (centre) are among the runners in the 2014 Caulfield Cup final field.

Lucia Valentina (outside) and Lidari (centre) are among the runners in the 2014 Caulfield Cup final field. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The 2014 Caulfield Cup is set to be full of international talent with just two of the runners having their first start in Australia.

Gates two to five have won 10 of the past 30 Cups with barrier nine drawing the most winners (5). That is promising for Chris Waller’s Hawkspur this year, after drawing the middle barrier.

Hawkspur, one of only two runners who started their careers in Australia, will partner Damien Oliver as he tries to turn around his hit-and-miss spring campaign. The gelding has had five starts since August, only winning one, the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), and failing to place in any others. He’ll also enjoy riding with the lowest weight all spring, down to 55.5kg.

It is interesting to note that since 1983 no Caulfield Cup winner has won from barrier one, which is often the most desirable gate. The Marco Botti-trained Seismos will try and break that maiden this year as he enjoys the inside run with Craig Newitt to ride.

However this isn’t deterring punters, as money has come in fast for the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2700m) winner following the draw. has shortened Seismos’ odds from $26 to $21.

Last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino will have to work a lot harder to win this year’s race after drawing the widest barrier (22), however he did come home second from barrier 16 in 2013. Craig Williams will partner the eight-year-old once again.

The Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi is also contesting the Cup, after finishing third last year.

The mare will start from barrier 13 with Jim Cassidy to ride, five places better than her 2013 start, which implies good things for the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) winner.

She is just one of four mares set to take on the boys this Saturday, with three guaranteed runs. Lucia Valentina is the best of the small pack, drawing barrier 12 (which will drop to an ideal 10 should the emergencies not start).

The four-year-old has been favourite for the 2014 Caulfield Cup ever since she won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 4, already shortening to $4.60 following the draw.

Kerrin McEvoy will ride Lucia Valentina once again, following their shock win at Flemington.

Japanese super star Admire Rakti got an ideal start after drawing barrier eight, which is a great advantage for the stayer who will ride with the top weight of 58kg, up to six kilos heavier than his rivals.

The other Japanese runner Bande also drew well in barrier 10, continuing to be only the second runner offering single figure odds ($8.50) after his brilliant five-length victory in the Listed Sapporo Nikkei (2600m).

Other horses who drew good barrier include the Jake Stephens-trained Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) winner Gris Caro (3), Turnbull Stakes runner-up Lidari (4), and Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) winner Moriarty (7).

Check out the complete 2014 Caulfield Cup final field & barrier draw below to choose your winner.

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2014 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 9 – 18/10/2014

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x4240x20x ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda Zac Purton 8 58kg 113
2 21x25x6624 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Craig Williams 22 57kg 110
3 990x427x60 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Chad Schofield 6 57kg 111
4 x00210x8x5 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 21 57kg 108
5 613x133x1x BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi Christophe Lemaire 10 56.5kg 110
6 x63111x596 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 19 56.5kg 110
7 30x10x641x SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti Craig Newitt 1 56kg 109
8 3440×75140 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 55.5kg 110
9 31143×8611 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Douglas Whyte 15 55.5kg (incl. 1.5kg) 110
10 55512×5561 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 7 55kg 107
11 12119×0711 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 16 55kg (incl. 1.5kg) 107
12 x3008x5217 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 13 54.5kg 109
13 x0x623x175 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 5 54kg 104
14 x7190x5442 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 4 53.5kg 105
15 2x3013x161 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 12 53kg 110
16 312241×472 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan James McDonald 17 53kg 105
17 221210×281 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Corey Brown 20 52kg 100
18 7x128x6710 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens Joao Moreira 3 52kg 101
19e 11×4088213 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 11 53.5kg 105
20e 4x0313x763 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 18 53kg 100
21e 8241×83439 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 14 52kg 98
22e 1x8x47x630 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti 2 52kg 89

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