2020 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances Leave 42 Hopefuls

October 6, 2020

2020 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances Leave 42 Hopefuls

The connections of 42 stayers have paid second acceptance fees for the Caulfield Cup 2020 with the countdown on for next weekend’s $5 million classic.

Verry Elleegant Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller’s brilliant mare Verry Elleegant is one of the 42 second acceptors for the 2020 Caulfield Cup this spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

The opening leg of the coveted Spring Cups double, the Group 1 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) headlines the racing action at Caulfield on October 17, the same day as Sydney’s $15 million The Everest at Randwick.

Despite COVID-19 and its restrictions, it is shaping up as a stellar edition of the Caulfield Cup in 2020 with the latest acceptances for the world’s richest mile and a half handicap led by the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant.

The brilliant daughter of Zed is allocated 55kg in the Caulfield Cup weights and was last seen carrying a half-kilo more than that to a very gutsy victory in Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

She’s proven over the 2400m having won her two previous runs over the distance and presents fit fourth-up in the event for Waller who chases his maiden Caulfield Cup victory.

Along with Verry Elleegant Waller also four other second acceptors still in the mix including Toffee Tongue and Finche who ran second and third respectively behind their star stablemate in the Turnbull trifecta.

Verry Elleegant sits equal top of the all-in Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $7 along with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Anthony Van Dyck.

There is a total of nine international raiders still in contention led by O’Brien’s Galileo entire Anthony Van Dyck, last year’s English Derby champion coming off a Group 2 win over the 2400m at Longchamp from September 13.

The talented stayer is the 58.5kg Caulfield Cup top-weight but remains a favourite in the markets.

Among the other standout raiders are Buckhurst for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Joseph O’Brien, Charlie Fellowes’ regular Spring Cups performer down under Prince Of Arran and the Andrew Balding-trained Dashing Willoughby.

Along with Verry Elleegant the other Group 1 winner from last weekend’s racing among the Caulfield Cup second acceptors is the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Mirage Dancer who took out Randwick’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

The now seven-year-old was third in the Caulfield Cup results last year and, after handing his sire Frankel a maiden Australian Group 1 success with the Epsom Day victory, will be out to go two better this season.

Beaten The Metropolitan favourite Mugatoo ran second in that 2400m showdown and could get the chance to turn the tables with trainer Kris Lees paying second acceptances for the Caulfield Cup.

The most notable withdrawal meanwhile was the Danny O’Brien-trained Russian Camelot who instead heads to The Valley on October 24 for the $5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

The final 2020 Caulfield Cup acceptances close at 3:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday October 14, 2020.

Click here for the latest Caulfield Cup futures markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x42212x141 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 1 55kg 2.5
2 x1x1311x90 AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 2 51kg 8
3 5627x2x221 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 3 51kg 1.0kg 8
4 20330x25x1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 4 58.5kg .5
5 421x395x90 VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 5 57kg 2
6 x54533x462 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 6 57kg 2
7 43354×6221 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien 7 56kg 3
8 x70x7x2113 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien 8 55.5kg 3.5
9 x03643x741 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 55kg 4
10 0x1225x009 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 10 55kg 4
11 52112×2165 BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 11 55kg 4
12 11×1510 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) H 4 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 12 52.5kg 4
13 x755633x76 WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 53kg 4.5
14 120x3x36x3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes 14 54.5kg 4.5
15 4x51257x33 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 15 54.5kg 4.5
16 314579×114 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding 16 54.5kg 4.5
17 55112×2354 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 17 52.5kg 5
18 411x84x406 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 18 51kg 5
19 622221×582 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 19 51kg 5
20 11126×1112 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 20 53.5kg 5.5
21 11x114x045 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 53.5kg 5.5
22 x1122x8046 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 22 52kg 5.5
23 x217x6x460 TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 Willie Mullins 23 52kg 5.5
24 0x38572x18 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 24 53.5kg 5.5
25 60x6613x50 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 25 53.5kg 5.5
26 15138×5138 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 26 53.5kg 5.5
27 11x8x58x03 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 27 53.5kg 5.5
28 x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 28 51.5kg 6
29 11853x5x22 ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 29 53kg 6
30 111×4514 SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 30 52.5kg 6.5
31 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 31 52.5kg 6.5
32 702×904111 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 32 52.5kg 1.5kg 6.5
33 6x7000x324 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 33 52.5kg 6.5
34 1x4679x033 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 34 52.5kg 6.5
35 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 35 52kg 7
36 2x7691x838 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 36 52kg 7
37 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 37 52kg 7
38 10x38x3114 IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 38 50kg 7.5
39 74x9748x00 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 39 51kg 8
40 62239×2140 PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien 40 51kg 8
41 6x953125x2 CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 41 50.5kg 8.5
42 x122x33x20 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott 42 51kg 8
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