2016 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances: 15 Internationals

Fifteen international raiders remain in Caulfield Cup 2016 contention after Racing Victoria received a bumper crop of overseas gallopers at first acceptance stage for the October 15 classic this week.

Hartnell

Last start Chelmsford Stakes winner Hartnell is one of seven John O’Shea-trained 2016 Caulfield Cup first acceptances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Down from last year (114), there are 108 first acceptors for the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) including nine for Irish horseman Aidan O’Brien.

O’Brien’s charge features the likes of Idaho who sits top of the current Caulfield Cup ballot, Bondi Beach who ran 16th in last year’s Melbourne Cup, and his equal 58kg top weights Order Of St George and Highland Reel.

Highland Reel is the shortest-priced of the O’Brien-trained runners in all-in Caulfield Cup betting paying $21, the recent King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner best known down under for his third to Winx in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last October.

O’Brien also still has seven remaining Cox Plate 2016 hopes at first acceptance stage for the weight-for-age classic led by Highland Reel, the October 22 showdown drawing 87 first declarations.

“We are delighted to have such a strong contingent of internationally-prepared runners among the first acceptances for the BMW Caulfield Cup and William Hill Cox Plate,” Racing Victoria Executive General Manager of Racing Greg Carpenter said on Tuesday.

“To have the last two Ascot Gold Cup winners in Order of St George and Trip To Paris, as well as Highland Reel, the winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and 2015 Grand Prix de Paris winner Erupt adds tremendous depth to the prospective make-up of the BMW Caulfield Cup field.”

Current favourite in futures Caulfield Cup odds at $15 is fellow international Scottish prepared by Newmarket’s Charlie Appleby.

The Teofilo five-year-old was last seen winning a Group 3 at York on August 20 with 59.5kg on his back and his 54.5kg Caulfield Cup weight allocation looks favourable.

Other headline international entries include the Ed Dunlop-trained 2015 Caulfield Cup runner-up Trip To Paris, French stallion Erupt and another O’Brien-trained son of Galileo Sir Isaac Newton.

Ranvet Stakes winner The United States is the best fancied of the locals also at $15 to hand owner Lloyd Williams another win in the mile and a half showdown.

John O’Shea has seven entries including last Saturday’s Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes winner by eight lengths Hartnell ($17) and Hauraki ($26) who won the Group 2 Tramway Stakes last weekend in Sydney.

Last year’s Caulfield Cup third placegetter Our Ivanhowe, subsequent winner of the winter’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane, is the best of five entries for Lee & Anthony Freedman along with Tom Melbourne.

Another previous Caulfield Cup placegetter in the mix is the Lindsay Park-trained internationally-tested Oaks winning mare Rising Romance ($21) who finished second in the 2014 behind Admire Ratki.

The headline four-year-olds are the Mick Price-trained VRC Derby winner from last November Tarzino and reigning Crown Oaks winner Jameka for local trainer Ciraon Maher.

Other noteworthy first acceptors include Japanese import Tosen Stardom and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance, two of the 13 hopes in the mix for Darren Weir.

New Zealander Mongolian Khan (2015) won last year and in 2016 the most notable Kiwi in Caulfield Cup contention is the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained ATC Derby winner Tavago ($26).

The most notable omissions include the O’Brien-trained Deauville, the O’Shea-trained Old North and Kiwi galloper What’s The Story.

The next round of Caulfield Cup acceptances are the second declarations closing at midday (local) on October 4, 2016.

Check out the full 2016 Caulfield Cup first acceptances below then head to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your early selections at the hottest odds.

2016 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances

Caulfield Race 8 – 15/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 14×23321 IDAHO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 1 53kg
2 11413×1835 EXOSPHERE (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 2 55kg
3 11x8331x07 BERISHA G 5 Robert Smerdon 3 50kg
4 1531×48212 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 4 58kg
5 x2111x11x1 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 5 58kg
6 907x4110x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 6 56.5kg
7 855821x2x0 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 7 56.5kg
8 9230x5501x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 8 56kg
9 1x456x9253 ERUPT (IRE) H 5 Francis-Henri Graffard 9 56kg
10 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 10= 55.5kg
11 731x4214x8 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 10= 54kg
12 2113061×0 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10= 54kg
13 x4650x5x21 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 13 55kg
14 2135240×34 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 6 Ed Dunlop 14 55kg
15 1x90324x65 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 15 55kg
16 1220x11x3x BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 16 55kg
17 1x45324x47 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 17 51.5kg
18 12251×3121 SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 18= 54.5kg
19 6x4x231144 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 18= 54.5kg
20 x1F1x121x0 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) M 4 Stephen Marsh 20 51kg
21 8x332722x1 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 21= 54kg
22 x05x26x34x MANATEE (GB) H 6 John O’Shea 21= 54kg
23 7x063540x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 21= 52.5kg
24 15x11113x0 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 24 52.5kg
25 1416x411x0 PROVOCATIVE (NZ) M 4 Tony Pike 25 50.5kg
26 3x08533x72 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 26 53.5kg
27 21x7966x53 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 27 53.5kg
28 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 28 53.5kg
29 101x9065x8 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 29 53.5kg
30 x0069x031x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 30= 53.5kg
31 4x8xD21x00 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 30= 53.5kg
32 2314x797x3 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 32 53.5kg
33 3x611653x4 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 33= 53kg
34 33132114×2 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 33= 51.5kg
35 0x25305x93 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 33= 51.5kg
36 5×2134412 HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 33= 50kg
37 212111134x HOWARD BE THY NAME H 4 Darren Weir 37 51.5kg
38 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller 38 53kg
39 23333×2643 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins 39 52.5kg
40 72217x20x9 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40 52.5kg
41 114x31215x ARTICUS (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 41= 52.5kg
42 48x41211x1 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 41= 51kg
43 3x213115x SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 43 50kg
44 57x0955x3x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 44 52kg
45 10x3419x10 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 45= 50.5kg
46 x13057741x FANATIC (NZ) M 4 Graeme Sanders 45= 50kg
47 111x0649x5 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 47 50.5kg
48 x2231122x4 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 48 50kg
49 20×2315159 MAURUS (GB) G 6 Robert Smerdon 49 51.5kg
50 4212x1322x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson 50 51.5kg
51 5x1321213x COOL CHAP G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 51 50kg
52 1x97170x96 ESCADO G 7 Matt Laurie 52 51.5kg
53 415x2018x7 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53= 51kg
54 12622114×8 MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 53= 50kg
55 x900x1xD2x LIDARI (FR) H 8 Darren Weir 55 51kg
56 132x1837x8 GREY LION (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 56= 51kg
57 4821x7x000 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 56= 51kg
58 12x0071x07 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 58 50kg
59 x11120x984 MAGNAPAL G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 59 51kg
60 816113×882 SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 60 50.5kg
61 1x0x0730x5 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 61 50.5kg
62 0x151123x2 C’EST BEAU LA VIE M 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 62 50kg
63 613x1210x5 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 63= 50kg
64 7×43114326 THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 63= 50kg
65 483141282x MANAGERESS M 5 Cindy Alderson 65 50kg
66 235x8421x7 GABELLA (FR) M 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 66 50kg
67 703x8148x0 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 67 50kg
68 0x3121x22x DIVAN (NZ) G 5 Robert Hickmott 68= 50kg
69 1817x9x399 RULING DYNASTY H 5 James Cummings 68= 50kg
70 2157134×64 SWACADELIC (GER) G 6 Aaron Purcell 68= 50kg
71 69×6031166 AMEXED (NZ) G 6 Tony Gollan 71= 50kg
72 x701893x48 GO DREAMING G 7 Grant Kluske 71= 50kg
73 0044511763 THUNDER DOWN UNDER H 4 Chris Waller 73= 50kg
74 0171x110x2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 73= 50kg
75 x5x8x1153x ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 75= 50kg
76 673x7689x0 MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 75= 50kg
77 x1x70115x8 NEVIS (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 77 50kg
78 x009x830x3 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 78= 50kg
79 7x23240x67 ORBEC (FR) G 6 John P Thompson 78= 50kg
80 112x26x5x6 ALPINE EAGLE H 5 Tony McEvoy 80 52.5kg
81 x708757x56 TAIYOO G 7 Darren Weir 81 51.5kg
82 x486x8222x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 82= 51kg
83 1x2110x0x SHIMRANO (GER) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 82= 51kg
84 x5070x67x5 HI WORLD H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 84 50.5kg
85 31x221x665 ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 85= 50kg
86 212x1x7x3 ALOFT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 85= 50kg
87 146×511 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 85= 50kg
88 760x406x46 AZURITE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 85= 50kg
89 7×78142516 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 85= 50kg
90 41x45x2x COOK ISLANDS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 85= 50kg
91 5212246x5x DANJEU (IRE) G 6 John P Thompson 85= 50kg
92 716x7733x8 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 6 Danny O’Brien 85= 50kg
93 246x3269x2 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 85= 50kg
94 4x2117x8x0 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) H 5 Robert Hickmott 85= 50kg
95 9x6x1164x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 85= 50kg
96 514141×994 LORD DISICK G 5 Michael Moroney 85= 50kg
97 x976144x36 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 85= 50kg
98 x131130x91 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 85= 50kg
99 x1214x1x22 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 85= 50kg
100 232x1114x4 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 85= 50kg
101 33x153413x SCHERZOSO G 5 Tony McEvoy 85= 50kg
102 1122x323x5 SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 85= 50kg
103 x2124x00x9 SHAMKIYR (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 85= 50kg
104 532x145x22 SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 85= 50kg
105 10x81642x4 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 85= 50kg
106 61457029×9 TRANSFER ALLOWANCE G 7 Peter Roche 85= 50kg
107 4x2x1145x5 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 85= 50kg
108 124×91259 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN G 5 John Thom 85= 50kg

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