2015 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances Leave 38

Just 38 stayers are still in the mix for a shot at the Caulfield Cup 2015 Saturday week in Melbourne following Tuesday’s third acceptances for the mile and a half classic.

Complacent (inside), Hauraki (outside)

Complacent (inside) and Hauraki (outside) are two of the three John O’Shea-trained hopes still in 2015 Caulfield Cup contention after third acceptances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Last declaration stage there were 81 acceptances, a number that was more than halved with third declarations taken this week for the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) set to run at Caulfield Racecourse on October 17.

Current equal top weights in the Caulfield Cup handicaps this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival allocated 58kg are the Sir Michael Stoute-trained European raider Snow Sky and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, who are looking to become the third Caulfield Cup winner in four years to carry that weight to victory joining Dunaden (2012) and Admire Rakti (2014).

In the futures Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of the $700 bonus bet for first time depositing players that quote the code SPRINGBONUS this season, Snow Sky pays $15 for the win while the now Kris Lees-trained German import Protectionist is a $41 outsider in the all-in markets.

After taking out a Group 2 double that included the Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) at Ascot earlier this year, Nayef stallion Snow Sky was last seen racing on July 25 when sixth of seven runners in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2414m) that he’ll be out to improve on if he makes it to into the capacity 18-starter Caulfield Cup field.

Protectionist meanwhile hasn’t won a race since the Melbourne Cup over the two miles last spring and has had three below par runs this time in including a disappointing 13th in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last Sunday.

Also high up the Caulfield Cup weights this season are the Yoshitada Munakata-trained Japanese raider Fame Game (57kg) and Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Our Ivanhowe (56kg).

Heart’s Cry six-year-old Fame Game is looking to go back-to-back for the Japanese in the Caulfield Cup following the success of Admire Rakti 12 months ago.

He leads the latest Caulfield Cup betting markets at $8.50 as the only single figure fancy and was last seen running second to champion galloper Gold Ship in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) back home in late May when defeated only a quarter length carrying 58kg.

Imported German galloper Our Ivanhowe is a $15 shot after improving on his two previous runs down under, the Group 1 winning son of Soldier Hollow crossing second in last Sunday’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington with a hefty 60kg on his back compared to the winner Let’s Make Adeal’s 54kg.

Occupying the second line of Caulfield Cup odds at $11 are the John O’Shea-trained Hauraki (53kg), Rising Romance (53kg) and light weight hope Set Square (51kg).

O’Shea and the Godolphin stable still have three Caulfield Cup hopes with last start Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) winner in Sydney Complacent ($13), in-form Magic Hurricane ($17) who enjoyed an elite level success last time out in Randwick’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) carrying 55.5kg and Hauraki.

A four-year-old son of Reset, Hauraki is on the improve this season as he steps up in distance, the autumn’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) runner-up last seen crossing second to stablemate Complacent in the Craven Plate with improvement expected when he drops down in weights and goes up in distance.

Rising Romance and Set Square are both out to become the first Caulfield Cup winning mare since Southern Speed (2011).

Kiwi expat Rising Romance is now prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig and is looking to atone for her Turnbull Stakes 12th over the 2000m from the outside barrier (15) while fellow Group 1 winner Set Square is prepared by Ciaron Maher and comes off a Turnbull third when beaten under a length.

Other notable Caulfield Cup second acceptors include the other Japanese galloper in the mix Hokko Brave ($13), Murray Baker’s ATC Derby winning stallion Mongolian Khan ($13) who ran fourth in the Group 1 The Underwood (1800m) at Caulfield last start and the Darren Weir-trained nine-year-old Dandino ($15) out to become the first of his age to win the race in over 30 years.

Check out the full Caulfield Cup 2015 third acceptances below, final declarations due for release at 10am (AEST) on Tuesday October 13.

Before then make sure you place your futures bets on the upcoming Group 1 staying showdown online at Ladbrokes.com.au at the guaranteed hottest odds!

2015 Caulfield Cup Third Declarations

Caulfield Race 7 – 17/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 123x7x116x SNOW SKY (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 1 58kg
2 1x0628x011 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 2 53.5kg
3 42494×1112 MAGNAPAL G 6 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 3 50kg
4 1x6857x080 PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 4 58kg
5 6x61x01x2x FAME GAME (JPN) H 6 Yoshitada Munakata 5 57kg
6 1111151×74 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 6 55kg
7 x1016x7x92 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 7 56kg
8 238x05x36x HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) H 8 Yasutoshi Matsunaga 8 55.5kg
9 x7433x1322 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 9 53.5kg
10 13213×7059 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan 10 53.5kg
11 4×41112135 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 5 Ed Dunlop 11 55kg
12 x49376x648 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 12 53kg
13 x60212x072 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 13= 53kg
14 26x122x620 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 13= 53kg
15 3x5442x758 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 15 54.5kg
16 4x1141x980 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 16= 51kg
17 11x230x253 SET SQUARE M 4 Ciaron Maher 16= 51kg
18 18411×0000 MAGICOOL G 4 Mark Kavanagh 18 52kg
19 889431×075 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 19 53.5kg
20 2201x2112x QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) G 6 Roger Charlton 20 53.5kg
21 21112×0131 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 21 53kg
22 x21172x003 BONDEIGER H 4 Danny O’Brien 22 51.5kg
23 3352x0x339 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 23 53kg
24 00530×4842 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 24= 52.5kg
25 955×143121 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 24= 52.5kg (incl. 2.5kg penalty)
26 x6624x0084 DANDINO (GB) H 9 Darren Weir 26= 52.5kg
27 6798x21x00 SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 26= 52.5kg
28 15416×5067 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 28= 52kg
29 237x421x66 BONFIRE (GB) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 28= 52kg
30 x0535x8682 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 30 50kg
31 6211x0x017 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 31 51.5kg
32 4x2121x692 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 32 50kg
33 211x7x2324 ORBEC (FR) H 5 John P Thompson 33 50kg
34 8x007141x0 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 34 50kg
35 11x6x0x006 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 35 53.5kg
36 715x11x572 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 36 51kg
37 00x88x0003 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 37 50.5kg
38 46Lx644615 ALBONETTI M 6 Sue Jaensch 38 50kg


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