The Sir Mark Prescott-trained British raider Pallasator is the sole late Caulfield Cup 2015 entry taking the total number of nominations up to 210 and increasing the number of internationals in the mix for the October classic to 26.
Originally Racing Victoria took 209 early entries for this year’s $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), the world’s richest mile and a half handicap lighting up Caulfield Racecourse on October 17.
Late entries remained open until 12 noon on Tuesday, the connections of just one additional stayer paying the $2,750 late entry fee to get their previously non-nominated horse into the mix.
Prepared in Great Britain, stakes winning Motivator seven-year-old Pallasator has been in solid form this season running two brave fourths in his two most recent appearances, the lightly raced stayer having won five of his total 15 runs to date.
On July 30 he was beaten three lengths by the Michael Bell-trained Big Orange, who is also a possible Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival visitor later this year, in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219m) over the two miles.
He then ran fourth again, this time beaten a more notable distance by the winner Agent Murphy, who now heads towards the Irish St Leger, in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2672m) at Newbury on August 15.
The Geoffrey Freer Stakes has proved a credible form guide in the spring majors down under over the years including last year when the Ed Dunlop-trained vet Red Cadeaux ran second before placing second in his third Melbourne Cup this time behind German raider Protectionist.
Last year’s winning quinella in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November are again heading into the ‘race that stops a nation’, Red Cadeaux to race in the event for the fifth straight year and Protectionist to defend his title having since been transferred to the care of Kris Lees.
Having been entered for the Caulfield Cup, the Sheik Fahad-owned Qatar Racing’s Pallasator is now also likely to be nominated for the Melbourne Cup 2015 when entries close early next month.
Pallasator’s biggest win to date was in the Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl (3200m) at Newmarket in September last year, a race run over the same distance as the iconic Melbourne Cup.
“Pallasator is a lightly-raced stayer with plenty of potential and it would be great to see him out here,” Racing Victoria’s International Recruitment Officer Leigh Jordon said.
“He’s won at distances ranging from 2000m to 3200m so he’s obviously a versatile stayer.”
Current Caulfield Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au have the Japanese-trained Tenno Sho runner-up Fame Game and ATC Derby winning New Zealander Mongolian Khan installed as the $13 co-favourites.
The next best fancied is then the Chris Waller-trained Queensland Oaks winning mare Winx ($15) who was also one of 14 nominations from Waller in the $1 million Group 3 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in Sydney on October 3.
Pallasator is yet to be added to the all-in Caulfield Cup odds, but is likely to sit around the same price as stablemate Quest For More ($41) who ran fourth in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes.
Qatar Racing chase their second Caulfield Cup trophy following that won by the French-trained Duanden back in 2012 who also won the previous year’s Melbourne Cup going back-to-back for France after the success of Americain (2010).
First 2015 Caulfield Cup declarations close at midday on Tuesday September 8 followed by second acceptances on September 22 and third declarations on October 6.
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