Williams Wary of Hokko Brave’s Wide Caulfield Cup Draw

October 14, 2015

Williams Wary of Hokko Brave’s Wide Caulfield Cup Draw

Leading jockey Craig Williams is thrilled to partner Japanese raider Hokko Brave in Saturday’s 2015 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but conceded the talented entire will need plenty of luck in running after drawing the wide and awkward barrier 19.

Craig Williams will take the ride on Hokko Brave in Saturday's 2015 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Craig Williams will take the ride on Hokko Brave in Saturday’s 2015 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Hokko Brave has posted an impressive five wins and ten minors through 29 career starts so far; returning this year for third in the Group 2 Nikkei Sho (2500m) on March 28th before running an impressive sixth amongst some of the world’s standout stayers in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) on May 3rd.

Should all four emergencies remain outside the capacity field of eighteen, Hokko Brave will leave from gate 15 in the 2015 Caulfield Cup; something Williams believes may lead to his undoing.

“I hate drawing wide,” Williams told Racing Victoria.

“Dunaden won because he was a great horse – a barrier never helped him at all.

“Barriers in big races – because they’re such good, competitive horses – are very vital.

“Doesn’t mean he can’t win from there, but a lot more things need to go in your favour.”

Williams has worked Hokko Brave only once since his arrival in Australia, but is confident he will have no issues understanding the horse prior to the 2015 Caulfield Cup.

“I’ve only sat on him one time. We’re going to sit down now and have a discussion about the horse, (so) I’ll get a bit more of an idea about Hokko Brave himself,” Williams added.

Hokko Brave’s handler Hiroshi Ando is far-more confident of the seven-year-old’s chance of the wide draw, and revealed the team actually prefers the classy stayer to draw away from the traffic.

“Why I say outside is good, is because he’s such a big stretch horse. You guys see at Caulfield, the inside is always a big traffic jam,” Ando said.

“We don’t want to hit the traffic inside. If you get packed in, that’s it. It’s hard to find space.”

Charged with overcoming the likes of fellow Japanese raider Fame Game and in-form local Mongolian Khan, Hokko Brave is currently available at generous Caulfield Cup odds of $15 for success or $4.60 to finish in the first three with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Open an account at Ladbrokes.com.au today to take advantage of best tote or SP plus 20% on the 2015 Caulfield Cup!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Military Mission Fires in 2023...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field �...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field & Odds Update: Vow And Declare Defends Title

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare continues to show a...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbott...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Bjron Baker’s The Everest performer Overpass is tipped to return to winning...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 R...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in...

2023 Railway Stakes Field ...

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

The Lindsey Smith-trained top-weight Tuvalu is narrow favourite in the latest...

Horse Racing Today

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The ...

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stake...

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stakes 2024 First-Up, Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

Trainer Annabel Neasham made it four straight wins in the A.D. Hollindale...

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun ...

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun Aims at Queensland Oaks

Brisbane’s Queensland Oaks is a likely winter target for the talented Tony...

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikel...

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikely for 2024 Queensland Derby

Connections of the high-flying Kintyre are unlikely to press onto the...

Victory Stakes Winner Antino R...

Victory Stakes Winner Antino Rockets into Stradbroke 2024 Favouritism

Antino finally lived up to the hype of trainer Tony Gollan who had been...

Race Results

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The Goodwood Winner Benedetta

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stakes 2024 First-Up, Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun Aims at Queensland Oaks

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikely for 2024 Queensland Derby

Victory Stakes Winner Antino Rockets into Stradbroke 2024 Favouritism

Race Previews

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Tips & Best Bets

Brisbane Cup 2024 Field & Odds Update: Mostly Cloudy Top Elect

2024 The Q22 Field & Betting Update: Fawkner Park Favourite

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Field, Barriers & Betting Update

2024 JJ Atkins Field & Betting Update: Broadsiding Odds-On Favourite

Fields & Form

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Tips & Best Bets

Brisbane Cup 2024 Field & Odds Update: Mostly Cloudy Top Elect

2024 The Q22 Field & Betting Update: Fawkner Park Favourite

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Field, Barriers & Betting Update

2024 JJ Atkins Field & Betting Update: Broadsiding Odds-On Favourite