Capacity 2016 Caulfield Cup Field: Preferment Top-Weight

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller is in Melbourne this weekend shooting for his maiden Caulfield Cup win with dual acceptors for the mile and a half classic including top-weight Preferment.

Preferment (inside)

Preferment (inside) carries top weight in Saturday’s 2016 Caulfield Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart.

A capacity field of 18 stayers plus two emergencies are engaged for this year’s $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), weights led by Zabeel stallion Preferment (57kg).

The last Caulfield Cup winner to carry those kilos to victory was Viewed (2009) for the late Cups’ King Bart Cummings, but since then two have carried 58kg with Duanden (2012) and Admire Rakti (2014).

Five-year-old Preferment is yet to line-up in a Caulfield Cup field, but is four-time Group 1 winner.

His latest elite level win was in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) over the Caulfield Cup distance in Sydney during the autumn.

He has had three runs this campaign, the latest producing a fourth to runaway winner Hartnell in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 2.

Preferment should enjoy getting out over the extra metres this weekend and is out to become the fifth Caulfield Cup champion in the past eight years to come off a Turnbull Stakes run.

Waller’s other chance in the 2016 Caulfield Cup field is 51.5kg light-weight Sacred Master.

Hugh Bowman partners Preferment, while fellow Sydney-based jockey Tommy Berry rides stablemate Sacred Master.

The Mastercraftsman five-year-old received a 0.5kg Caulfield Cup penalty for his Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2200m) win in mid-September and was last seen running only 1.6 lengths away fourth in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

The Metropolitan – Caulfield Cup double was achieved back-to-back by Railings (2005) and Tawqeet (2006) and this season Sir John Hawkwood is out to be the next.

The in-form John Thompson-trained veteran Sir Percy eight-year-old hasn’t finished worse than third in his eight latest runs going back to November last year.

He had his maiden run for Thompson two back for a second before The Metropolitan win carrying 54kg to victory on October 1.

Penalised 1.5kg for that Group 1 success, he is still well-weighted in the Caulfield Cup field getting in on 53.5kg with Blake Spriggs riding.

Following Preferment in the Caulfield Cup weights with 56.5kg is last year’s third placegetter Our Ivanhowe for Lee & Anthony Freedman.

The German expat has since won the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and is out to improve on a last start eighth in the Turnbull Stakes.

Our Ivanhowe only goes up a half-kilo from his Caulfield Cup from 12 months ago and jockey Dwayne Dunn shoots for his second win in the feature on the seven-year-old after riding Tawqeet (2006) to victory a decade ago.

Co-trainer Lee Freedman has enjoyed four Caulfield Cup wins to date with: Mannerism (1992), Paris Lane (1994), Doriemus (1995) and most recently Mummify (2003).

Along with Our Ivanhowe he is also represented in this year’s field by European import Exospheric (55.5kg) who debuts in Australia on Saturday.

The Beat Hollow stallion comes off a fifth to Postponed at York from August 17 in the Group 1 Juddmonte International (2080m), where he carted a hefty 60kg, and has four-time Caulfield Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver in the saddle.

Heading the international contingent this year is the Charlie Appleby-trained British gallop Scottish (55kg) who has the 2008 (All The Good) winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy riding.

Scottish is well-fancied in the Caulfield Cup betting markets at this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival after his recent Group 3 win in Europe.

The other raiders in the mix are the Aidan O’Brien-trained Sir Isaac Newton (55kg) and Germany’s Articus (53kg) raced by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Andreas Wohler.

Heading the Caulfield Cup odds meanwhile is the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka (52.5kg) out to become the first winning mare in the race since Southern Speed (2011).

Winner of last season’s Crown Oaks, the now four-year-old daughter of Myboycharlie comes off the Turnbull Stakes second and is joined in Saturday’s field by stablemates Set Square (52kg) and Pemberley (50.5kg).

See below for the full Caulfield Cup 2016 field and weights – updated markets open shortly at – with the official Caulfield Cup barrier draw conducted at 5:10pm (AEDT) this afternoon.

2016 Caulfield Cup Final Field

Caulfield Racecourse – 15/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 7x4110x454 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0 57kg 115
2 30x5501x58 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 0 56.5kg 111
3 11413×1835 EXOSPHERIC (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 0 55.5kg 111
4 12251×3121 SCOTTISH (IRE) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 0 55kg 110
5 x4x2311440 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Aidan O’Brien Colm O’Donoghue 0 55kg 110
6 x4214x8086 TARZINO (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 0 54.5kg 109
7 1x9065x808 ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 0 54kg 104
8 12x1322x21 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 0 53.5kg (includes 1.5kg penalty) 108
9 114x31215x ARTICUS (FR) Andreas Wohler Zac Purton 0 53kg 105
10 x11113x023 TALLY John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0 53kg 105
11 45324×4712 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 0 52.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 108
12 132114×271 REAL LOVE Darren Weir Craig Williams 0 52.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 109
13 25305×9340 SET SQUARE Ciaron Maher Michael Dee (a) 0 52kg 105
14 6x8222x302 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Chris Parnham 0 51.5kg 98
15 6113×88214 SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0 51.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 103
16 3057741×69 FANATIC (NZ) Graeme Sanders Dean Yendall 0 50.5kg 98
17 31130×9113 PEMBERLEY (NZ) Ciaron Maher Ben Allen (a) 0 50.5kg 92
18 01893×4864 GO DREAMING Grant Kluske Ms Katelyn Mallyon 0 50.5kg 90
19e 6x7733x867 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Ben E Thompson (a) 0 50.5kg 93
20e 2x1145x524 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 0 50.5kg 78


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