Back-to-Back for Japan With Fame Game in Caulfield Cup 2015?

October 16, 2015

Back-to-Back for Japan With Fame Game in Caulfield Cup 2015?

Twelve months ago Japan enjoyed its maiden Caulfield Cup win with the ill-fated Admire Rakti and in 2015 there are two Japanese-trained horses in the field for the world’s richest mile and a half handicap including Fame Game.

Zac Purton

Last year’s winning hoop Zac Purton shoots for back-to-back Caulfield Cup wins on Saturday aboard Fame Game. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Early favourite to win the Melbourne Cup over the two miles on the first Tuesday of November, the Yoshitada Munakata-trained Heart’s Cry stallion Fame Game is also high up the markets for Saturday’s $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Just three horses in the capacity Caulfield Cup field and markets are at single-figures to win through Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on all 10 Caulfield races on Saturday.

The past three Caulfield Cup winners all jumped at single figures however with Southern Speed (9/1 in 2011) the last champion in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival classic to start under $10.

Murray Baker’s New Zealand-trained ATC Derby winner Mongolian Khan ($4.80), the John O’Shea-trained runner-up in the same autumn 2400m Group 1 Hauraki ($9.50) and talented Crown Oaks winning mare from last spring Set Square ($9.50) lead Caulfield Cup betting.

Six-year-old Fame Game, looking to become the fourth of that age to win the showdown in the past 10 years, is not far behind at a current quote of $10 that is equal with Sir Michael Stoute’s British raider Snow Sky and last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Rising Romance out to go one better on Saturday.

Both Fawkner (2013) and Admire Rakti (2014) jumped at 10/1 before their respective Caulfield Cup wins in the past 10 years, so can Fame Game be the next and go back-to-back for Japan in his Australian race debut?

Caulfield Cup Horse Form: #3 Fame Game

Barrier: 1

Weight: 57kg

Jockey: Zac Purton

Trainer: Yoshitada Munakata

Owners: Sunday Racing Co. Ltd

Age: 6YO

Gender: Stallion

Breeding: by Heart’s Cry from Hall Of Fame

Career: 16-5-1-1

Win: 31%

Place: 44%

Last 6: x01x2x

Prize Money: $2,798,484

Track: 0-0-0-0

Distance: 0-0-0-0

Current 2015 Caulfield Cup Odds: $10

Why Fame Game Can Win the Caulfield Cup

  • Has carried 58kg in his two most recent runs back home so the drop to 57kg will suit – a weight last carried to victory in the race by Viewed (2009)
  • Last year’s Caulfield Cup winning hoop Zac Purton has the ride shooting for two wins in as many years on Japanese-trained horses
  • Six-year-olds have won three Caulfield Cups since 2008 including Fawkner (2013) two years ago
  • Was a brave second to Japanese champion Gold Ship last start in the prestigious Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m)
  • While his record shows no 2400m starts he has Group 2 winning form back home over 2500m from last November
  • Fast pace will suit over this distance leading up to the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup
  • Is the right price at $10 for the win to become the third in as many years to salute at that price in this race

Why Fame Game Won’t be the 2015 Caulfield Cup Winner

  • On paper barrier one looks good but in the big field over 2400m it could prove detrimental and no Caulfield Cup winner in over 30 years has jumped from the inside alley
  • Only has a moderate win (31%) and place (44%) rate compared to others in the field
  • Just two of the past six Caulfield Cup winners had their final lead-up run outside of Australia
  • Hasn’t raced since early May and is yet to win first-up (6-0-1-0)
  • Will be better suited second-up (5-2-0-1) over more distance going into the Melbourne Cup
  • Is yet to have a run in Australia
  • Has never raced over exactly 2400m

Whether you’re backing or sacking the top Japanese-trained fancy in this year’s Caulfield Cup make sure you have access to the best odds on all the races this weekend in Melbourne by signing up with Ladbrokes.com.au today who will also match your first deposit 100% up to $700 with use of the code SPRINGBONUS!

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