2017 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances: 70 Stayers Remain

The Caulfield Cup 2017 first acceptances have closed leaving 70 horses still in the mix for the mile and a half classic on October 21.

Humidor

Early favourite Humidor is one of a dozen 2017 Caulfield Cup first acceptances for trainer Darren Weir. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 1 $3 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) is the first of the big three spring majors and clear favourite in futures betting on the event is the Darren Weir-trained Humidor.

Humidor firmed in Caulfield Cup calculations moving to the top of the order of entry after the Teofilo five-year-old won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 16, defeating Hartnell (2nd) and Black Heart Bart (3rd).

Weir is yet to prepare a Caulfield Cup winner but has a genuine chance with Humidor this time in as well as with his Japanese import Admire Deus who touched down in Australia on Tuesday morning.

Admire Deus is officially the first international to arrive in Victoria for the spring and joins Weir’s stables as an evergreen seven-year-old.

Weir has a total of 12 Caulfield Cup entries still remaining including also Perth Cup winner over the distance Star Exhibit, Big Duke who runs in this weekend’s The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney and Gailo Chop.

The other key international Caulfield Cup first acceptances are the Charlie Appleby-trained Bendigo Cup – Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner down under last spring Francis Of Assisi and recent Group 2 Prix Kergorlay winning British stayer Marmelo.

The original 58kg Caulfield Cup top weight Hartnell remains in the mix for Godolphin, the James Cummings-trained seven-year-old last seen running second in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Hartnell ran second in last year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate and third over the two miles in the famous Melbourne Cup, but is yet to line-up in a Caulfield Cup field.

He has his next start this Sunday in the Group 1 $750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before a final call is made on whether he targets the Caulfield Cup or follow Saturday’s Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) this season.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Almandin is being kept safe in futures Caulfield Cup betting after the Lloyd Williams-owned import was among the key first acceptors.

Almandin is currently weighted on 56.5kg for the Caulfield Cup after the veteran eight-year-old’s eye-catching Listed JRA Trophy (2500m) win at Flemington two weeks ago.

After Humidor, the other horse right up the Caulfield Cup ballot order is the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained mare Bonneval.

Jameka (2016) won the Caulfield Cup beating the boys last spring and this season the bookies are taking no chances with the autumn’s NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double winner Bonneval.

She is at 52.5kg in the Caulfield Cup weights and put in the ideal first-up run down under on September 9 winning Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).

The four-year-old daughter of Makfi has her next run on Sunday taking on Hartnell in Caulfield’s Underwood Stakes on the same day Sydney hosts the NRL Grand Final.

Co-trainer Baker won the Caulfield Cup in 2015 with Mongolian Khan and along with the well-fancied Bonneval the stable has also paid first acceptances for reigning ATC Derby winner Jon Snow and lightweight mare Lizzie L’Amour.

The only horse to currently receive a Caulfield Cup weight penalty meanwhile is the Lindsay Park-trained Harlem with 51.5kg after getting an extra half-kilo for his weekend win in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).

Other noteworthy Caulfield Cup first acceptor include Gingernuts who blitzed a Group 1 race across the Tasman last weekend and the Chris Waller-trained Egg Tart who lines-up in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in Sydney on Saturday.

The official Caulfield Cup second acceptances are open until 12pm (local time) on October 12 before the final field is released on Tuesday October 17.

Check out the full list of 2017 Caulfield Cup first acceptors below, heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the updated Group 1 spring racing odds.

2017 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances

Caulfield Racecourse – 21/10/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x42212x681 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 1 56kg 3
2 x5P31111x1 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 2 52.5kg 3.5
3 x37710x247 TALLY G 5 James Cummings 3 54kg 5
4 384x386x51 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 51.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 8
5 23x2822x12 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 5 58kg 1
6 4011115×51 GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 6 55kg 2.5
7 x665111x21 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 7 56.5kg 2.5
8 3337311×68 JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 8 54.5kg 3
9 39x260x34x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 9 56kg 3
10 x12x3361x8 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 10 55.5kg 3.5
11 1x00x518x7 TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 55kg 4
12 33x5126x69 INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 53.5kg 4
13 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 13 55kg 4
14 31x11111x2 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 14 51.5kg 4.5
15 0312612×05 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 15 53kg 4.5
16 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 16 54.5kg 4.5
17 70x6713x71 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake 17 52.5kg 5
18 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins 18 54kg 5
19 0x46x11x8x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 19 54kg 5
20 1211x12x9L STAR EXHIBIT G 6 Darren Weir 20= 54kg 5
21 01121x5x76 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20= 54kg 5
22 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22 54kg 5
23 14407x5x86 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 23 54kg 5
24 35x2111x08 MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 24 50.5kg 5.5
25 46557x135x STEEL OF MADRID (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy 25 53.5kg 5.5
26 121113×550 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 26 53.5kg 5.5
27 x6321220x0 SAVILE ROW (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 27 51.5kg 6
28 1x8400x725 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 28 51.5kg 6
29 16151021×7 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 29 51.5kg 6
30 x031x270x0 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 30= 53kg 6
31 11x6248x2x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer 30= 53kg 6
32 1x37301x37 CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 32 53kg 6
33 x212411x13 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 33 53kg 6
34 x4214x8394 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 34 51kg 6.5
35 2x1240x542 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 35 52.5kg 6.5
36 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 36 52kg 7
37 21x5338x11 COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller 37 50kg 7.5
38 3x6905x222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 38 51.5kg 7.5
39 71135104×0 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 7 Stuart Webb 39 51.5kg 7.5
40 7x39x12x13 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 40 51.5kg 7.5
41 x4030x2283 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing 41 50kg 8
42 x34340x468 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 42 50kg 8.5
43 8442×31511 RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) G 6 William Mullins 43 50.5kg 8.5
44 31x073x000 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 44= 50.5kg 8.5
45 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 44= 50.5kg 8.5
46 x354965x41 ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 46 50kg 9
47 820x076x07 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 47= 50kg 9
48 1231x2x212 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 47= 50kg 9
49 41x122x253 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 49 50kg 9
50 x65123x813 BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 50 50kg 9
51 482x542x99 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 51 50kg 9
52 121x3811x7 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 52 50kg 9
53 4x4197x887 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 53 50kg 9
54 181x37x014 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 54 55.5kg 3.5
55 x80x621x02 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 55 53kg 6
56 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 56 52kg 7
57 0x4231245x CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 8 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 57 51.5kg 7.5
58 624x42x32x KIDMENEVER (IRE) H 5 Charlie Appleby 58 50.5kg 8.5
59 x891413559 CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 9
60 5225223×54 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 9
61 0184260×50 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 9
62 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 59= 50kg 9
63 9×17351116 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 59= 50kg 9
64 2x10x3x823 KILMACURRAGH (NZ) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59= 50kg 9
65 1155x515x2 LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander 59= 50kg 9
66 9520449×00 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 59= 50kg 9
67 213×009435 LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 59= 50kg 9
68 00x0x770x0 MAGICOOL G 6 Tony Romeo 59= 50kg 9
69 8×3114 TAIKOMOCHI G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59= 50kg 9
70 1513059×1 WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 59= 50kg 9

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