Official Caulfield Cup 2017 Field Released – Barriers at 5pm

The official 2017 Caulfield Cup field is now out with just 17 starters in the mile and a half classic after the withdrawal of Japanese import Admire Deus.

Humidor

Humidor carries 56kg top weight in Saturday’s under-capacity Caulfield Cup 2017 field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The first leg of the coveted Spring Cups double, the Group 1 $3 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) steals the show in Melbourne on Saturday and is an open affair.

For just the second time since 2008 the Caulfield Cup field will run under the capacity 18 starters with news on Tuesday morning that the Darren Weir-trained Admire Dues had broken down in a track gallop and would not race this spring.

Weir is still dually represented in the Caulfield Cup field with the 56kg top weight Humidor and Amelie’s Star at the opposite end of the weight scale in on just 51kg.

Damian Lane retains the ride on flying Teofilo gelding Humidor, the five-year-old coming off two very good Flemington runs.

Two back he won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) before the brave third to Winx in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 7.

Yet to win over further than 2000m, Humidor is out to extend his brilliance to 2400m this weekend, but will need to be improving giving the weight away to his rivals.

Craig Williams meanwhile looked in danger of missing out on a Caulfield Cup ride having been booked to ride Admire Dues, but has picked up the mount on Weir’s Testa Rossa mare Amelie’s Star.

Williams rode Southern Speed (2011) and Dunaden (2012) for their respective Caulfield Cup victories and partners Amelie’s Star for the first time on Saturday, the mare coming off a two length victory at Flemington in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).

Leading the latest Caulfield Cup odds is one of the three international raiders in the field, Irish galloper Johannes Vermeer prepared by Aidan O’Brien.

Ben Melham rides the Galileo stallion second-up this weekend with Johannes Vermeer having put the writing on the wall just last Saturday with a brave second in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m).

The five-year-old is well-weighted with 54.5kg and is out to be the second Caulfield Cup winner in three years to back up off a Ladbrokes Stakes run after Mongolian Khan (2nd in 2015).

Mongolian Khan was a Kiwi raider prepared by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman who have two livewire chances to secure another Caulfield Cup trophy this weekend.

One-time Caulfield Cup favourite Bonneval and the stable’s ATC Derby winner from the autumn Jon Snow face off in the mile and a half feature to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and Stephen Baster respectively.

Bonneval won six starts on the trot including the NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double as a filly last season, before her disappointing sixth in the Ladbrokes Stakes as the beaten favourite.

She won two earlier spring starts in Melbourne, including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (2000m), and is undefeated over the Caulfield Cup distance (2-2-0-0).

Bonneval also drops from 56kg in the Ladbrokes Stakes to 52.5kg this weekend looking to go back-to-back for the mares after the success of Jameka (2016), while McEvoy chases his first Caulfield Cup victory since All The Good (2008).

Jon Snow is also a Ladbrokes Stakes graduate looking to frank the form in the Caulfield Cup, the Iffraaj stallion having finished third carrying 58kg and the four-year-old drops to 54.5kg on Saturday.

Along with the favourite Johannes Vermeer the other international Caulfield Cup horses in 2017 are Hugh Bowman’s mount Marmelo (55kg) and the William Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave (54kg).

Lord Fandango meanwhile is the lightweight in the mix with just 50kg, apprentice Ben Allen to ride the German import after the stallion earned a Caulfield Cup start with victory in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at the track / distance over the weekend.

Check out the completed Caulfield Cup 2017 field below, the official barrier draw to be conducted from 5pm (AEDT) along with updated odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Caulfield Cup Final Field

Caulfield Racecourse – 21/10/2017  

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 42212×6813 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 0 56kg 112
2 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 0 55kg 109
3 x3x45712x2 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 0 54.5kg 110
4 37311×6813 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Stephen Baster 0 54.5kg 110
5 x8747x4688 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 0 54kg 106
6 4407x5x865 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 0 54kg 105
7 1121x5x762 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 0 54kg 107
8 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Joao Moreira 0 54kg 107
9 x5126x6965 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 0 53.5kg 105
10 12612×0544 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 0 53kg 108
11 P31111x116 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 0 52.5kg 112
12 0x6713x712 HARDHAM David Brideoake Craig Newitt 0 52.5kg 101
13 16510×3934 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig TBA 0 52kg 102
14 x8400x7258 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Beau Mertens (a) 0 51.5kg 102
15 84x386x515 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 0 51.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 103
16 4214×83941 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 0 51kg 106
17 55x515x211 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Ben Allen (a) 0 50kg 99

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