2020 Caulfield Cup Final Field Chosen: Five Internationals Take On The Locals

October 14, 2020

2020 Caulfield Cup Final Field Chosen: Five Internationals Take On The Locals

The Caulfield Cup 2020 final field of spring stayers set to contest the $5 million classic this Saturday is locked in with Kiwi galloper The Chosen One securing the final position in the 18-starter line-up.

The Chosen One Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

The Chosen One has narrowly made the 2020 Caulfield Cup field this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

It was a close call for the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Savabeel entire The Chosen One who was right on the cusp of a start, but the autumn’s Sydney Cup runner-up has narrowly made it into the Group 1 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) on the weekend.

Well-weighted with just 53.5kg, the proven long-distance performer is out to atone for his last start seventh in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) when carrying more weight (58kg) at the same track and distance last Saturday.

He was elevated from his predicted first emergency position into the starting contenders after connections of Wednesday’s gutsy Group 3 Coongy Cup winner Nonconformist chose not to nominate for the race.

The Herbert Power Stakes winner Chapada is also on the quick seven-day back-up in the Caulfield Cup field with Jye McNeil to ride the Michael Moroney-trained lightweight on just 50.5kg.

The last horse to complete the Herbert Power Stakes – Caulfield Cup double in the same season was Master O’Reilly (2007), Chapada out to be the next 13 years later.

The past two editions of the Caulfield Cup have been claimed by internationals with the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Best Solution (2018) and Japan’s Mer De Glace (2019).

In 2020 the opening leg of the Spring Cups double down under features five overseas visitors.

The raiders in the Caulfield Cup 2020 field are the Aidan O’Brien-trained top weight Anthony Van Dyck carrying 58.5kg; the Joseph O’Brien-trained Buckhurst; Prince Of Arran for Charlie Fellowes; the Andrew Balding-trained Dashing Willoughby; and True Self for Willie Mullins.

Anthony Van Dyck makes his Australian debut in the event and is one of the best in the latest Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to salute.

Former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Joseph O’Brien’s sole Caulfield Cup contender is Australia entire Buckhurst, who comes off a last start third behind all-in Melbourne Cup favourite Tiger Moth, after connections chose not to acceptor for stablemates Master Of Reality and Twilight Payment.

English raider Prince Of Arran is a familiar name during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the dual Melbourne Cup placegetter having run third and second respectively in the latest two editions of the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Dashing Willoughby is a dour two-miler last seen saluting in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3270m) at York in August, while Irish-trained mare True Self rounds international contingent returning to the location of her Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes success last Cup Carnival.

One of the other early Caulfield Cup favourites is the Chris Waller-trained Zed mare Verry Elleegant last seen saluting in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Sydney’s leading horseman over the past decade, Waller saddles-up a three-pronged attack on the Caulfield Cup this year with Verry Elleegant joined by Toffee Tongue and Finche who ran second and third respectively in the Turnbull Stakes trifecta for the stable.

Perth’s premiere hoop William Pike enjoyed a stellar Caulfield Guineas Day winning four events including two Group 1s last weekend at the track and is back looking for the major victory on Saturday aboard Adelaide galloper Dalasan who ran fourth in the Turnbull.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare, second in the 2019 edition, and Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 champ Avilius are among the other standout Caulfield Cup horses in 2020.

The 2020 Caulfield Cup barrier draw is set to take place late this afternoon after the last on Blue Sapphire Stakes Day.

Click here for the latest Caulfield Cup 2020 odds on the final field courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Caulfield Cup Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 20330x25x1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 0 58.5kg 121
2 x54533x462 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 0 57kg 114
3 421x395x90 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0 57kg 115
4 52112×2165 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 0 55kg 114
5 x03643x741 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 0 55kg 116
6 0x1225x009 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Billy Egan 0 55kg 114
7 x42212x141 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 0 55kg 116
8 314579×114 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 0 54.5kg 112
9 4x51257x33 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 0 54.5kg 112
10 120x3x36x3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 0 54.5kg 113
11 11x114x045 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 0 53.5kg 114
12 x38572x187 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 0 53.5kg 111
13 x755633x76 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 0 53kg 115
14 55112×2354 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas William Pike 0 52.5kg 115
15 x217x6x460 TRUE SELF (IRE) Willie Mullins Declan Bates 0 52kg 110
16 x1x1311x90 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 0 51kg 102
17 622221×582 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 0 51kg 110
18 x953125x21 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 0 50.5kg 108
19e 60x6613x50 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees 0 53.5kg 110
20e 15138×5138 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 0 53.5kg 110
21e x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 0 51.5kg 108
22e 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman 0 52.5kg 112

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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