2014 Caulfield Cup Day – Scratchings & Track Report

Today in Melbourne Caulfield Cup Day 2014 kicks off the spring majors with a bumper 10-race program headed by a dwindling list of stayers facing off in the $3 million Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Dear Demi

Last year’s third placegetter Dear Demi is one of four 2014 Caulfield Cup scratchings. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

It is a cracking day for racing in Victoria today with sunny skies and a fast Good (3) track for the first of the ‘Big 3’ spring showcase showdowns.

Caulfield Track Report – 18/10/2014

  • Rail Position: +6m Entire Circuit
  • Track Condition: Good (3)
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Weather: Fine
  • Penetrometer: 5.39

The headline race on the program is of course the 2014 Caulfield Cup due to jump as Race 9 at 5:40pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event at the meeting.

There has already been a host of notable Caulfield Cup scratchings coming out of the world’s richest mile a half handicap over the past few days affecting the odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $3 million Megapick!

2014 Caulfield Cup Scratchings

  • #2 Dandino (Marco Botti)
  • #5 Bande (Yoshito Yahagi)
  • #12 Dear Demi (Clarry Conners)
  • #18 Gris Caro (Jake Stephens)

First to be officially scratched from the capacity 18-starter Caulfield Cup field was the Marco Botti-trained Dandino, runner-up to Fawkner in the classic last year, who could also miss the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November.

Next to go was then Jake Stephens’ Naturalism Stakes winner Gris Caro due to a bruised hoof, the galloper likely to shoot for a consolation Group 1 in the Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 1.

Then on Friday Japan lost one of their two Caulfield Cup hopefuls in the well-fancied Bande, due to heat in a tendon, who was second pick in the markets behind Kris Lees’ Turnbull Stakes winning mare Lucia Valentina.

The final Caulfield Cup scratching was then third placegetter from 12 months ago, the Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi who was found to have been suffering for a throat infection.

With four out of contention from the original starting 18 that means all four of the Caulfield Cup emergencies will get a run today with: the Peter Moody-trained Brambles (barrier 9), Araldo (barrier 15) for Michael Moroney, Unchain My Heart (barrier 11) and the imported Renew (barrier two) now under the care of Ballarat horseman Archie Alexander having previously been prepared by Botti.

The other most notable Caulfield Cup Day scratching comes out of Race 8 – the $200,000 Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) with the Richard Jolly-trained Adelaide raider Karactis coming out.

See below for the full Caulfield scratchings for today’s line-up so you know who is in and who is out before placing your bets online at Ladbrokes.com.au where you can enjoy up to $500 in bonus bets this season!

Caulfield Scratchings – Saturday October 18, 2014

Race 1 (12:50pm) – $100,000 Yellowglen Plate (1400m)

#10 Show Us Your Tatts (6)

Race 2 (1:25pm) – $120,000 Listed Crown Lager Stakes (1400m)

#10 Shae (13), #13 Rib Eye (9)

Race 3 (2:00pm) – $120,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m)

#5 Miss Interiors (4), #7 Little Hottie (3)

Race 4 (2:35pm) $750,000 Group 3 racing.com Caulfield Classic (2000m)

No current scratchings

Race 5 (3:10pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Moonga Stakes (1400m)

No current scratchings

Race 6 (3:45pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400m)

No current scratchings

Race 7 (4:20pm) – $150,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m)

#1 Brambles (5), #4 Slow Pace (11), #10 Kincaple (4)

Race 8 (4:55pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m)

#9 Karacatis (12)

Race 9 (5:40pm) – $3,000,000 Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m)

#2 Dandino (22), #5 Bande (10), #12 Dear Demi (13), #18 Gris Caro (3)

Race 10 (6:15pm) – $120,000 Listed Polytrack Alinghi Stakes (1100m)

#1 Spirits Dance (13), #7 Counted (8), #13 Follow My Lead (4), #15 Excellent Pins (5)

*All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change

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