2015 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances Released

A talented list of 114 stayers remain in contention for October 17th’s feature event at Caulfield Racecourse following the release of 2015 Caulfield Cup first acceptances this afternoon.

Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist has been confirmed in 2015 Caulfield Cup first acceptances. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist has been confirmed in 2015 Caulfield Cup first acceptances. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

An impressive mix of leading local talents and talented international raiders headlines 2015 Caulfield Cup first acceptances including renowned Japanese stayer Fame Game, who will contest the 2400m event as a final point of call ahead of the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Fame Game has posted five wins and two minors through his sixteen career starts so far, and has undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the last 12 months.

Clearly needing the run when returning to competition this year for twelfth in the Group 2 American Jockey Club Cup (2200m) on January 25th, the Heart’s Cry entire charged home to win the Group 3 Diamond Stakes (3400m) in his next start before finishing a close second to Gold Ship in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) on May 3rd; beating home some of the world’s best stayers.

2014 Melbourne Cup champion Protectionist and notable Northern Hemisphere stayer Snow Sky were allocated a top-weight of 58kgs when weights were released last week, but both horse have been confirmed in 2015 Caulfield Cup first acceptances.

Beginning his racing career under the guidance of leading German trainer Andreas Wohler, Protectionist announced himself to the Australian racing community with a credible run for fourth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before producing a monumental turn of foot to take out the Melbourne Cup by four lengths.

While unable to find peak condition through a four start autumn campaign, the Monsun will have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) and will likely find the 2015 Caulfield Cup in peak order.

A strong and consistent performer for Sir Michael Stoute since first appearing on course in 2013, Snow Sky is a proven performer over all corners of the globe and is a credible chance for success in the 2015 Caulfield Cup.

Returning this year for success in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup (2816m) on May 15th, the Nayef entire repeated the dose in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) before failing to fire and sixth in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2414m) on July 25th.

Australia’s leading interests in the 2015 Caulfield Cup first acceptances arguably lie with John O’Shea’s six entries including Complacent and Hartnell, and Chris Waller’s eleven horse contingent, including Bagman, Royal Descent and Who Shot Thebarman.

Complacent spent close to two years in the paddock with a string of unfortunate ailments, but returned to the winner’s circle with an impressive start-to-finish performance in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in only his second race back last weekend.

Hartnell is widely expected to contest the Cox Plate as his final point of call ahead of the Melbourne Cup, but O’Shea may elect to look at the Caulfield Cup instead following a first-up defeat.

Bagman has posted fourteen wins and nineteen minors through a busy 53 start career, but has found blistering form already this season, highlighted by his savaging of the line for second in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) over the weekend.

Popular mare Royal Descent has also returned to racing in typically impressive condition this season; winning the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) first-up before boxing on for third in the Chelmsford Stakes last start.

Who Shot Thebarman is one of Waller’s leading chances in the Melbourne Cup this year, and will be ideally suited to contest the 2015 Caulfield Cup as a final competitive point of call before the first Tuesday of November.

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2015 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 123x7x116x SNOW SKY (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 1 58kg 1
2 2321002408 BANCA MO G 8 Scott Brunton 2 50.5kg 99
3 141x6857x0 PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 3 58kg 1
4 1x18x111x5 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea 4 57kg 113
5 6x61x01x2x FAME GAME (JPN) H 6 Yoshitada Munakata 5 57kg 2
6 101111151x MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 6 55kg 112
7 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 7 56kg 112
8 167x2114x4 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 8 55.5kg 3.5
9 238x05x36x HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) H 8 Yasutoshi Matsunaga 9 55.5kg 3.5
10 20x7433x13 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 10 53.5kg 114
11 x1244F7221 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 6 William Mullins 11= 55kg 4
12 x1113213x7 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan 11= 53.5kg 110
13 421x0628x0 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 13 53.5kg 107
14 4×41112135 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 5 Ed Dunlop 14 55kg 4
15 30x49376x6 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 15 53kg 4.5
16 11x60212x0 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 16= 53kg 4.5
17 7226x122x6 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 16= 53kg 110
18 103x5442x7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 18 54.5kg 4.5
19 4x1141x9 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 19 51kg 102
20 3111x230x2 SET SQUARE M 4 Ciaron Maher 20 51kg 103
21 1x3x1112x2 ALPINE EAGLE H 4 Tony McEvoy 21= 52kg 102
22 143x4412x FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 21= 50.5kg 102
23 84618411×0 MAGICOOL G 4 Mark Kavanagh 23 52kg 101
24 1x889431x0 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 24 53.5kg 5.5
25 2201x2112x QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) G 6 Roger Charlton 25 53.5kg 5.5
26 221112×01 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 26= 53kg 104
27 9698464×79 FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 26= 53kg 108
28 3x21172x0x BONDEIGER H 4 Danny O’Brien 28 51.5kg 98
29 4111112×70 TAIYOO G 6 Darren Weir 29= 53kg 104
30 x1324x113x NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 29= 51.5kg 105
31 43352x0x33 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 31 53kg 105
32 x8782123x8 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 32 53kg 104
33 127318040x PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Peter & Jacob McKay 33 52.5kg 6.5
34 x800530x48 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 34= 52.5kg 6.5
35 1x80429x00 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 34= 52.5kg 6.5
36 x6798x21x0 SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 36= 52.5kg 106
37 x130082x24 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 36= 52.5kg 107
38 111122x24x DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 36= 51kg 96
39 84x630210x LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 39 52.5kg 106
40 x14x2111x5 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 40 51kg 100
41 3x43028x4x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 6 Tony McEvoy 41 52.5kg 102
42 x25x6624x0 DANDINO (GB) H 9 Darren Weir 42 52.5kg 105
43 41411x82x0 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller 43 52kg 7
44 70x0084x75 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 44 52kg 7
45 0033075×00 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 45 52kg 104
46 x015416x50 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 46= 52kg 101
47 x2237x421x BONFIRE (GB) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 46= 52kg 7
48 12x0535x86 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 48 50kg 95
49 0160x82Px0 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 49 51.5kg 7.5
50 0x40831516 JETSET LAD (NZ) G 8 Brian Smith 50 51.5kg 7.5
51 x36211x0x0 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 51 51.5kg 101
52 24004361×1 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody 52= 50kg 99
53 154x2121x6 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 52= 50kg 8.5
54 75200281×9 ESCADO G 6 Matt Laurie 54 51kg 100
55 2x21x67x1x OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott 55 51kg 98
56 222x131x0x MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) G 7 John Sadler 56 51kg 102
57 11x42154x1 SADLER’S LAKE G 4 Chris Waller 57 50kg 8.5
58 37x88713x3 CANDELARA M 4 Bjorn Baker 58 50kg 8.5
59 11x81111x8 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 59 50.5kg 98
60 0x21141x62 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 60= 50.5kg 8.5
61 023x8761x0 LA AMISTAD M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 60= 50kg 99
62 4x078160x0 TREMEC (NZ) G 7 John P Thompson 62 50.5kg 8.5
63 88174×7 BIKILA G 4 Pat Carey 63 50kg 74
64 0357x214x0 LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 6 Nigel Blackiston 64 50kg 97
65 4x00x86123 KAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 65= 50kg 9
66 71212146×0 MAYGROVE G 5 Murray Baker 65= 50kg 96
67 1122×2 SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 65= 50kg 82
68 00755×9960 DISCLAIMER (GB) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 68= 50kg 9
69 21x06300x0 RENEW (IRE) G 6 Archie Alexander 68= 50kg 95
70 22231111×3 GO DREAMING G 6 Grant Kluske 70= 50kg 9
71 1842494×11 MAGNAPAL G 6 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 70= 50kg 95
72 33322211×0 GENUINE LAD G 5 Robert Smerdon 72 50kg 95
73 13955×1431 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 73 50kg 9
74 80x888332x LADY CUMQUAT M 5 Darren Weir 74= 50kg 87
75 88x007141x MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 74= 50kg 85
76 24211x7x23 ORBEC (FR) H 5 John P Thompson 76 50kg 9
77 x61337x8x9 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 77 50kg 9
78 3311x6x0x0 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 78 53.5kg 105
79 3350x19x87 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 79 52.5kg 6.5
80 7x0556x5x0 PRECEDENCE (NZ) G 10 James Cummings 80= 52kg 7
81 11x6650x55 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 80= 50.5kg 7
82 1x7348x0x4 MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir 80= 50.5kg 101
83 x715x11x57 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 83 51kg 101
84 4700x88x00 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 84= 50.5kg 98
85 16x684x4x8 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 7 David Vandyke 84= 50.5kg 99
86 x6745x458x AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher 86= 50kg 97
87 1346Lx6446 ALBONETTI M 6 Sue Jaensch 86= 50kg 83
88 4111×41191 ASTRONOMOS (GB) H 5 David Vandyke 86= 50kg 9
89 x343x034x3 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 86= 50kg 87
90 17x32303x8 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86= 50kg 96
91 74×12 CASTELO H 4 Clinton McDonald 86= 50kg 62
92 15x070x099 COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir 86= 50kg 87
93 21x07130x4 DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing 86= 50kg 90
94 3621120×87 EPSOM HILL (SWE) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86= 50kg 76
95 6x23x98x21 EXTRA NOBLE (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 86= 50kg 81
96 5x12x009x8 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 86= 50kg 99
97 x0x0083x54 GERONTIUS G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86= 50kg 71
98 140x030x36 HAPPY AS HELL G 5 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 86= 50kg 83
99 33x362Lx60 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 86= 50kg 9
100 411111x8x5 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86= 50kg 86
101 44117x28x1 KING KINSHASA (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 86= 50kg 9
102 14x21221x1 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke 86= 50kg 9
103 6315×1 NAZIR (NZ) G 4 James Cummings 86= 50kg 9
104 2212216×04 PURPLE SMILE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86= 50kg 67
105 4612156×2 RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 86= 50kg 9
106 3210x0x06x RUSCELLO (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 86= 50kg 94
107 3983211×74 SASENKILE G 5 Tony McEvoy 86= 50kg 9
108 1384x452x7 SYSMO (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 86= 50kg 93
109 430x210x73 TERONADO G 5 Bruce W Hill 86= 50kg 9
110 1x4x3x0x12 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 86= 50kg 94
111 710320x2x5 VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 86= 50kg 79
112 23x31159x6 ZADON G 5 Robbie Griffiths 86= 50kg 74
113 6x42111x64 ZEBRINZ G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 86= 50kg 86
114 52x6105x42 ZEE ZEELY (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 86= 50kg 9

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