2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations: 177 Stayers Entered for $5 million Classic

August 27, 2020

2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations: 177 Stayers Entered for $5 million Classic

Nominations for the Caulfield Cup 2020 closed today, Thursday August 27, with 177 stayers making-up the early entries for the $5 million classic running on Saturday October 17.

There were three more entries for the Group 1 $5 million Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) than the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) with a host of stayers dually nominated for the Spring Cups double.

Russian Camelot Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

SA Derby winner Russian Camelot is early favourite to win the 2020 Caulfield Cup on October 17. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

For the 143rd running of the Caulfield Cup, held on the same day as Sydney’s $15 million The Everest race, nominations were up notably from 143 in 2019.

2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations Feature:

  • 177 horses (up from 143 in 2019)
  • 29 Group 1 winners
  • 34 internationals
  • 20 for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien
  • Last year’s runner-up and subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare
  • 8 of the Top 10 from last year’s Caulfield Cup results

Trainer Danny O’Brien has a dominant hand in the Caulfield Cup entries led by last year’s runner-up and reigning Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare.

O’Brien also has the current favourite in all-in Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, SA Derby champion Russian Camelot.

The stable’s Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance and VRC Oaks champion Miami Bound are also in the mix for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup races in 2020.

There are 34 internationally-trained horses nominated for the Caulfield Cup, four more than the overseas’ contingent entered for the ‘race that stops a nation’ held on Tuesday November 3.

Twenty of the Caulfield Cup internationals hail from Ireland’s O’Brien family with 2017 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Joseph and his Cox Plate winning father Aidan in with a strong hand should the COVID-19 travel restrictions allow.

“It’s fantastic to see the defending Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare among this year’s entries and there is no question that Danny O’Brien holds an incredibly strong hand as he plots a pathway to both Cups,” Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager of Racing, Greg Carpenter, said.

“The number of internationally-trained entries is higher than expected in the circumstances, due largely to the tremendous interest from Aidan and Joseph O’Brien who have an impressive list of entries in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

“As has been communicated previously, we are planning to welcome up to 16 international horses on one-way tickets to Melbourne at the end of September and we have provision for up to 16 internationally trained horses on two-way tickets to join them on the one shipment from Europe.

“We have this week received travel exemptions from the Government for a limited number of staff from six international stables to enter Australia and care for their horses during the Spring Racing Carnival. However there remains a number of logistical challenges around flights and mandatory quarantine to overcome before that can become a reality.”

All seven entries for Joseph O’Brien are also in the mix for the Melbourne Cup, which he made history in with Rekindling in 2017.

Five are owned by Lloyd Williams including Master Of Reality who ran second in the Melbourne Cup to Vow And Declare last year before being relegated to fourth on protest.

His father’s 13 Caulfield Cup entries meanwhile feature six-time Group 1 winner Magical and last year’s Epsom Derby champ Anthony Van Dyck.

The UK’s Charlie Fellowes has the other standout international Caulfield Cup nominee with dual Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince Of Arran, who is also entered for a third consecutive bid in the world’s richest handicap.

Last season’s young Group 1 winning stayers are all in contention for a Caulfield Cup bid including: Warning (VRC Derby), Quick Thinker (ATC Derby), Collette (ATC Oaks) and Toffee Tongue (Australasian Oaks).

Along with the aforementioned runner-up Vow And Declare, a further seven of the top 10 Caulfield Cup placegetters from 2019 are nominated again in 2020 including also the third placed Mirage Dancer for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Chris Waller is after a maiden Caulfield Cup trophy with his entries led by first-up Group 1 Winx Stakes winning mare Verry Elleegant.

Other notable entries include Mornington Cup winner Aktau who is exempt from ballot, Sydney Cup winner Etah James as one of 16 for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, the Hawkes Racing-trained one-time favourite Master Of Wine and this year’s $5 million All-Star Mile champion Regal Power.

Caulfield Cup 2020 weights are released on Tuesday September 8, followed by first acceptances on Tuesday September 22.

Click here for the latest all-in 2020 Caulfield Cup betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x21x214x7x ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 7 Paul Preusker
2 3552x00x4x ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) G 7 Paul Preusker
3 1736x3133x AFFAIR TO REMEMBER M 4 Dan O’Sullivan
4 42x1x1311x AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney
5 7702x9041x AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 2442944x3x ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees
7 1x ALMANIA (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees
8 21x AMERICAN WHISKEY (USA) H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 x895756x2x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
10 239x11203x ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
11 111x105x5x ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams
12 11232x441x ARMORY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
13 1x3x2 ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler
14 6x507x192x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees
15 x11x6804x2 ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith
16 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings
17 055313770x AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
18 4x83807x9x BARADE (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander
19 40044x410x BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
20 115x97437x BENITOITE M 5 Clinton McDonald
21 x750x9084x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees
22 217x1x3x15 BOLLEVILLE (IRE) M 5 Joseph O’Brien
23 1902x7691x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
24 52112x216x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
25 x1x334x221 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
26 x100x80x0x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
27 222x0352x6 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
28 36x953125x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney
29 8221111x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings
30 COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees
31 122240x90x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
32 9x222311x7 COSTELLO G 5 David Payne
33 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary Moore
34 x011x1x00x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
35 3555112x2x DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
36 41x0x0680x DANCETERIA (FR) G 6 Kris Lees
37 314579×114 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding
38 23x DAWN PATROL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
39 4311x44x DEGRAVES (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
40 111x DELPHI (IRE) H 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
41 12x122x33x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott
42 21112x08x DJUKON (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
43 1311×1 DON’T DOUBT DORY G 4 Julien Welsh
44 2115x3010x DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
45 3x EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) H 5 David O’Meara
46 71x154x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 4 Ed Walker
47 36x3113x ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
48 746416341x ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
49 230xP3611x EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
50 109110383x FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
51 x34x51257x FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
52 23x07x618x FRANKELY AWESOME M 5 Kris Lees
53 26351625×0 FUN FACT G 5 Bjorn Baker
54 211x2142x6 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
55 1135x5021x FURRION (GB) G 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
56 9211x1253x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani
57 2874x9748x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander
58 06x1111x3x GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
59 957712432x GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes
60 3311114x GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
61 21x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller
62 40880x083x GREY LION (IRE) G 9 Matthew Smith
63 20386x051x HAKY (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander
64 x112x3314x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams
65 1816x7000x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
66 410x38x31x IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody
67 x72122107x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
68 62601168×0 JACK REGAN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
69 31114x433x JAPAN (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
70 73x11445x6 JUST THINKIN’ G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
71 1148x8100x KENTUCKY BREEZE G 6 Levi Kavanagh
72 2x2113x5 KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
73 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien
74 6x32050x3x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
75 1260x8811x KORCHO (GB) H 5 Kris Lees
76 1x410x443x LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Hughie Morrison
77 0211x8x58x LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis
78 90x3212x9 LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
79 x141x7811x LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
80 614221x13x LORD BOUZERON (NZ) G 4 Francis Finnegan
81 01229x145x MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 6 Aidan O’Brien
82 222151×112 MAGICAL (IRE) M 6 Aidan O’Brien
83 093214811x MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan
84 3633x632x4 MASAFF (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
85 43354x622x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien
86 2311x114x0 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
87 13411x84x4 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien
88 21346x7x48 MILESTONE (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
89 8x4211x3x MINOLA M 5 Paul Preusker
90 x30x03643x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
91 x22310218x MIRIMAR (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney
92 x70504150x MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller
93 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith
94 2114×4613 MOGUL (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
95 x3002x902x MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes
96 6x11126x1x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees
97 5160x1225x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees
98 6143x503x MYTHICAL (FR) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
99 05x2110x3x NAIVASHA M 6 Danny O’Brien
100 1x1211111x NANCHO (GER) G 6 Anthony Cummings
101 7542230x6x NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman
102 11x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody
103 141211x NIMALEE M 4 Matthew Smith
104 1x NOBEL PRIZE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
105 331121x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg
106 4584287x8x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
107 3731x7836x NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
108 621x07511x OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
109 5x347x ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
110 15627x2x2x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien
111 302151711x OUT OF THE PARK (NZ) M 6 Henry Dwyer
112 11123x001x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
113 2x21x1113x PATRICK SARSFIELD (FR) G 5 Joseph O’Brien
114 685759105x PELONOMENA M 6 Michael Kent
115 2x3121112x PERSAN H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
116 058321023x PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody
117 x652x0252x POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
118 62239×2140 PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien
119 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) H 4 Jean-Claude Rouget
120 2120x3x36x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes
121 x7104x356x PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake
122 56x423115x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
123 60x6613x5x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
124 21x13611x REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
125 x156108x1x RED VERDON (USA) G 8 Ed Dunlop
126 161x421x9x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams
127 228x376x6x RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea
128 5x131615x ROYAL CROWN G 4 Michael Kent
129 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien
130 15138×5138 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Fabrice Chappet
131 1x SANTIAGO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
132 3315x16x SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Danny O’Brien
133 211x99x36x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
134 211x111x7x SCHABAU (GER) H 6 Robert Hickmott
135 SELINO (GB) G 5 James Fanshawe
136 x84109x11x SHANDY M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
137 11x3103x0x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
138 241x22111x SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker
139 11210x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
140 0533499x0x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
141 x44x2x222x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
142 535022172x SIRCCONI G 6 Nick Ryan
143 3203344x7x SKELM G 6 Terry Kelly
144 111x451x SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Fabrice Chappet
145 005x532x5x SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney
146 F1216x936x SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
147 3x1x32x SOVEREIGN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
148 1111x4679x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman
149 x12x4310x2 STRATUM (GB) G 8 William Mullins
150 281x4143x1 SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius
151 009x43314x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
152 1x61212x SUPERGIANT (NZ) G 4 Michael Costa
153 14132x415x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker
154 x47740715x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith
155 13x075213x TAVIRUN (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
156 1x1x TELECASTER (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison
157 950x38572x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
158 2x34923x4x THE KING (IRE) G 6 Lindsey Smith
159 231134x01x THINK WE’RE DUE G 6 Andrew Noblet
160 3x12x TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
161 1x1x TINANDALI (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
162 64x622221x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
163 6x8511012x TOLEMAC G 5 Francis Finnegan
164 x217x6x460 TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 William Mullins
165 x70x7x211x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien
166 x490365x53 VEGAS KNIGHT G 4 Colin Little
167 10x42212x1 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller
168 00x0684x9x VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde
169 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien
170 04x847255x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
171 21x755633x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
172 x4013x7x2x WEEKENDER (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham
173 85310x39x0 WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
174 WYCLIF (GB) H 4 Danny O’Brien
175 1x114319x3 YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller
176 x56x19x17x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander
177 26x1122x8 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
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