2016 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances: 6 Internationals

Only six international raiders are still officially in the mix for the Caulfield Cup 2016 after a total of 58 horses were paid up for at second acceptance stage for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival classic this week.


Hill Stakes winner Hartnell heads 2016 Caulfield Cup betting post-second acceptances. Photo: Steve Hart.

On Tuesday Racing Victoria took second acceptances for four Group 1 classics over the carnival including those for the $3.15 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) running on Saturday October 15.

The Caulfield Cup second acceptances have the number of hopefuls down from 108 first declarations, and the number of possible internationals in the field down from 15 to six.

Figures are also down notable from the 81 second declarations taken for the mile and a half feature at this time last year.

The two original Caulfield Cup top weights are still in contention with the Aidan O’Brien-trained duo of Highland Reel and Order Of St George in on 58kg.

Irish horseman O’Brien had nine Caulfield Cup first acceptances, but his charge is down to just three with the equal top weights joined by Sir Isaac Newton.

The other headline international Caulfield Cup second acceptor is the Charlie Appleby-trained Scottish raced by Godolphin.

Heading the updated Caulfield Cup ballot is the Ciaron Maher-trained Crown Oaks winner Jameka.

The four-year-old Myboycharlie mare won the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday earning the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

She was subsequently re-handicapped from 51.5kg to 52kg incurring a half-kilo penalty for the victory.

Maher has a total of three Caulfield Cup horses still in the mix with Jamkea joined by fellow past Crown Oaks winner Set Square and Pemberley.

Jameka is also one of 11 mares paid up for looking to become the first female Caulfield Cup winner since Southern Speed (2011).

Other notable Caulfield Cup bound mares post-second acceptances include New Zealand-trained ATC Oaks winner from the autumn Sofia Rosa and Real Love for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir.

Weir had 13 first acceptances but is left with seven after second declarations including Signoff who ran fourth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

Last year’s runner-up Trip To Paris for English horseman Ed Dunlop is one of the most noteworthy omissions.

The 2015 Caulfield Cup third placed Our Ivanhowe remains a chance to shoot for another top three finish in the classic however after a first-up fifth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) from September 10.

Lee & Anthony Freedman will also take over the preparation of European galloper Exosphere when he arrives in Melbourne for quarantine Saturday week.

Leading the latest pre-field Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Hartnell after his impressive nearly six length victory in last Saturday’s Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

Trainer John O’Shea is keeping spring options open for the classy import who is one of five O’Shea-trained Caulfield Cup second acceptors along with: Tally, Magic Hurricane, It’s Somewhat and Arab Dawn.

Other notable local stayers include Mick Price’s VRC Derby winner last Melbourne Cup Carnival Tarzino and Chris Waller’s Australian Cup – The BMW double winner earlier this year Preferment.

Along with Trip To Paris the other noteworthy omissions include: reigning Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance, Weir’s Japanese import Tosen Stardom and Robert Smerdon’s Naturalism Stakes third placegetter Berisha.

The Caulfield Cup 2016 third acceptances close at 12:00pm (local) on October 4.

See below for the full 2016 Caulfield Cup second declarations before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to check out the updated markets.

2016 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances

Caulfield Race 8 – 15/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 x45324x471 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 1 52kg( incl. 0.5kg penalty)
2 11413×1835 EXOSPHERE (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 2 55kg
3 531×482127 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 3 58kg
4 2111x11x12 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 4 58kg
5 07x4110x45 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg
6 230x5501x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 6 56kg
7 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 7= 55.5kg
8 31x4214x80 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 7= 54kg
9 2113061×0 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 7= 54kg
10 4650x5x211 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 10 55kg
11 x90324x652 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 11 55kg
12 12251×3121 SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 12= 54.5kg
13 x4x2311440 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 12= 54.5kg
14 1F1x121x09 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) M 4 Stephen Marsh 14 51kg
15 x063540x27 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 15 52.5kg
16 5x11113x02 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 16 52.5kg
17 0069x031x2 GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 17= 53.5kg
18 x08533x726 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 17= 53.5kg
19 1x7966x534 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 19 53.5kg
20 01x9065x80 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 53.5kg
21 4x8xD21x00 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 21 53.5kg
22 314x797x33 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller 22 53.5kg
23 x611653x43 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 23= 53kg
24 3132114×27 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 23= 51.5kg
25 x25305x934 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 23= 51.5kg
26 12111134×0 HOWARD BE THY NAME H 4 Darren Weir 26 51.5kg
27 47204x77x5 SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller 27 53kg
28 2217x20x98 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 28 52.5kg
29 114x31215x ARTICUS (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 29 52.5kg
30 10x3419x10 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 30= 50.5kg
31 x13057741x FANATIC (NZ) M 4 Graeme Sanders 30= 50kg
32 2231122×41 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 32 50kg
33 212x1322x2 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson 33 51.5kg
34 x97170x967 ESCADO G 7 Matt Laurie 34 51.5kg
35 12622114×8 MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 35 50kg
36 11120×9845 MAGNAPAL G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 36= 51kg
37 16113×8821 SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 36= 51kg (incl. 0.5kg penalty)
38 x0071x0700 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 38 50kg
39 13x1210x51 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 39 50kg
40 32x1114x41 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 40 50kg
41 703x8148x0 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 41 50kg
42 9x603D1665 AMEXED (NZ) G 6 Tony Gollan 42= 50kg
43 701893×486 GO DREAMING G 7 Grant Kluske 42= 50kg
44 171x110x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 44 50kg
45 46x3269x22 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 45= 50kg
46 673x7689x0 MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 45= 50kg
47 7x23240x67 ORBEC (FR) G 6 John P Thompson 47 50kg
48 486x8222x3 BIG MEMORY (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 48 51kg
49 146×5111 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 49= 50kg
50 60x406x463 AZURITE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 49= 50kg
51 7×78142516 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 49= 50kg
52 16x7733x86 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 6 Danny O’Brien 49= 50kg
53 x976144x36 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 49= 50kg
54 x131130x91 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 49= 50kg
55 33x153413x SCHERZOSO G 5 Tony McEvoy 49= 50kg
56 122x323x50 SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 49= 50kg
57 10x81642x4 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 49= 50kg
58 x2x1145x52 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 49= 50kg


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