During the autumn as a three-year-old the John O’Shea-trained Hauraki ran second behind Kiwi raider Mongolian Khan in Group 1 company and this weekend the now four-year-old gets the chance to turn the tables on the favourite in the 2015 Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.
A bumper field faces off in Caulfield Race 9 this Saturday when the first of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors – the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) – jumps as Race 9 of 10 at Caulfield Racecourse.
Leading the early Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, who have exclusive Best Tote or SP + 20% markets for the race running on Saturday, is the Murray Baker-trained ATC Derby winner Mongolian Khan ($4.80) out to become the first favourite since Master O’Reilly (2007) to take out the mile and a half classic.
Second past the post to Saturday’s top fancy back in early April at Randwick in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) over the same distance as the Caulfield Cup was the Godolphin-raced Reset gelding Hauraki.
He is out to do one better in open-age company when returning to the 2400m for the first time in the Caulfield Cup four runs into his four-year-old campaign on the back of a Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) second in Sydney at the start of the month.
Hauraki is one of only three single figure hopes in Caulfield Cup betting at $9, so can he turn the tables on Mongolian Khan and become the first winner under $10 in four years?
Caulfield Cup Horse Form: #12 Hauraki
Barrier: 14 (into 10 with emergencies out)
Jockey: James McDonald
Trainer: John O’Shea
Breeding: by Reset from Youthful Presence
Last 6: 12×072
Prize Money: $633,660
Current 2015 Caulfield Cup Odds: $9
Why Hauraki Can Win the 2015 Caulfield Cup
- Will jump from a perfect mid-field barrier 10 position if the emergencies come out – a gate that last produced a Caulfield Cup winner in Fawkner (2013)
- Is an excellent light-weight chance carrying only 53kg – a full five kilos less than his weight last start
- Four-year-olds have a decent recent record with five wins in the past 12 years most recently Southern Speed (2011)
- Will run out a strong 2400m having crossed second in the ATC Derby over the distance in the autumn
- The bookies rate the ATC Derby form with the winner dominating Caulfield Cup betting
- Fast finish and right run with cover will be enough to see him finish in the money
Why Hauraki Won’t be the 2015 Caulfield Cup Winner
- 53kg is a weight not carried to victory since Mummify (2003)
- Neither trainer O’Shea or jockey McDonald have previously won a Caulfield Cup
- Looks better for a Place with a Win Rate of 30% and Place Rate of 60%
- No Caulfield Cup winner has come out of the Craven Plate in over 30 years
- Is yet to have a run at the Caulfield track
- The last three Caulfield Cup winners all jumped at double not single figures in betting
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