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One time favourite Bonneval is still being kept safe in Caulfield Cup 2017 betting for this weekend despite the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained mare going down as the beaten top fancy last Saturday.
On Tuesday morning there were 17 horses accepted for the Group 1 $3 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) field this Saturday including two for the Cambridge-trained duo Baker & Forsman.
Baker prepared Mongolian Khan (2015) for his Caulfield Cup victory two years ago on the back of the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m), which produces both of the stable’s hopefuls this spring – Bonneval (6th) and Jon Snow (3rd).
Bonneval won six starts on the trot including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before her sixth when four lengths beaten in last Saturday’s Ladbrokes Stakes won by the Darren Weir-trained Gailo Chop.
Damian Lane rode the four-year-old daughter of Makfi for her first loss since January, but is replaced in the Caulfield Cup field by Kerrin McEvoy.
McEvoy partnered the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained raider All The Good (2008) to victory in the Caulfield Cup and is on a livewire chance again on Saturday.
“She was back in a more rearward position than was ideal on Saturday and still ran a creditable race,” McEvoy told The Australian on Tuesday morning.
“I’m going to ride her on Wednesday and Thursday in trackwork and just get a feel before Saturday’s Cup.”
Bonneval comes back from 56kg in the Ladbrokes Stakes, where she jumped from barrier 11 of 11, to 52.5kg this weekend.
That is the same weight the two latest Caulfield Cup winning mares – Southern Speed (2011) and Jameka (2016) – both carried to victory and is the lightest weight Bonneval has ever carried over her 11 start career to date that has netted seven wins.
“She goes down in weight and she goes up in trip which is going to be a plus,” McEvoy said.
Both her previous 2400m starts over the Caulfield Cup distance produced turf triumphs, Bonneval completing the trans-Tasman NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double as a filly during the autumn.
The updated Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au list Bonneval at $6 for the win pre-barrier draw (at 5pm this afternoon).
Stablemate Jon Snow meanwhile is listed as a $12 shot in the Caulfield Cup betting markets despite the four-year-old Iffraaj stallion finishing third in the Caulfield Stakes last weekend.
Prior to that Jon Snow, best known for his Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) win in the wet in Sydney back in April, enjoyed a Moonee Valley victory carrying 59kg in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m).
He had 58kg on his back last Saturday and is in the Caulfield Cup weights with 54.5kg, Stephen Baster retaining the ride.
The latest Caulfield Cup betting odds have the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Johannes Vermeer as the $5.50 favourite looking to salute for the punters for the third year on the trot.
Johannes Vermeer is also a Ladbrokes Stakes graduate having run second on debut down under and is tipped to handle the quick turnaround with Ben Melham to ride him in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
The other top fancy at an equal $6 with Bonneval meanwhile is Humidor, the 56kg top weight out to improve on his third to Winx in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington a fortnight back.
Check out the latest Caulfield Cup 2017 odds online now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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