The Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) is one of eight Group races running at Caulfield this Saturday, kicking off the autumn racing carnival in Melbourne.
A classy field of 12 horses is set to tackle the mile following Wednesday’s acceptances. Headlining the 2015 Carlyon Cup field is the Wez Hunter-trained Smokin’ Joey, who will carry the top weight of 58.5kg.
Luck was against Smokin’ Joey during the spring with the seven-year-old gelding finishing outside the placings in all four of his starts. His best result was a fifth place run in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on October 18.
Hunter then decided to head west with the gelding in search of victory in Perth’s Summer Racing Carnival, however he finished in fourth place in both the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Smokin’ Joey’s lack of luck seems to have followed him into the autumn after the gelding missed out on third place in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) on January 24 by a head, however it’s too early to tell.
The gelding will jump from barrier seven with Chris Parnham to ride.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Jacquinot Bay will be backing up in the 2015 Carlyon Cup after winning the Summer Championship Final (1600m) at Sandown last Saturday. Jacquinot Bay will enjoy an ideal start from barrier three with Michael Walker as jockey.
Other fit runners include Gai Waterhouse’s Spurtonic, who won the $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on January 10 and will jump from barrier eight, and Gerald Ryan’s Red Excitement.
The five-year-old gelding won the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on January 17 and will jump from barrier two with Mark Zahra as hoop.
There are also a number of big name runners from the spring who will be resuming in the Carlyon Cup on Saturday, including Bring Something, Lidari, and Big Memory.
Ken Keys’ Bring Something won the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) last October and finished just outside the placings in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) the following month. The four-year-old gelding will have to overcome a jump from the widest gate with Dwayne Dunn.
Peter Moody’s Lidari earned runner-up credentials in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in the spring but finished just outside the placings in both the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The six-year-old horse earned a place in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4 but finished end of the field in 19th place, not being able to stay over the two mile distance. He will jump from barrier four with Luke Nolen in the Carlyon Cup.
The Tony McEvoy-trained Big Memory was looking for a place in the Melbourne Cup field after winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) but just missed out after running second in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on November 1. Instead the gelding ran third in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes four days later.
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2015 Carlyon Cup Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||18×8577444||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Chris Parnham (a)||7||58.5kg||106|
|2||90x544260x||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||57.5kg||105|
|3||10x281023x||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||6||57.5kg||102|
|4||8265052111||JACQUINOT BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||3||57kg||103|
|5||419x0x5x10||SPURTONIC||Gai Waterhouse||Vlad Duric||8||57kg||103|
|6||211×668776||AMORINO||Archie Alexander||Steven Arnold||10||57kg||97|
|7||118x09115x||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||Dwayne Dunn||12||57kg||97|
|8||122145×525||AKZAR (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1||56kg||103|
|9||27x46765x4||ESCADO||Matt Laurie||Luke Currie||11||56kg||94|
|10||4x23111x11||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Mark Zahra||2||56kg||103|
|11||2x182x0055||CHESTER ROAD||Adam Durrant||Craig Williams||5||56kg||95|
|12||126×043105||BACKSTEDT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||9||56kg||95|