Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw 2022: Smokin’ Romans Draws Five

October 13, 2022

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw 2022: Smokin’ Romans Draws Five

Smokin’ Romans has come up trumps with barrier five in his bid to salute for the punters as favourite in Saturday’s Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Smokin' Romans | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

2022 Caulfield Cup favourite Smokin’ Romans jumps from barrier five in Saturday’s $5 million feature. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The official 2022 Caulfield Cup barrier draw was conducted on Tuesday night.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Smokin’ Romans heads Caulfield Cup betting at $4.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au to secure a third win on the bounce.

He comes off strong performances in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), the latter he won as a $20 outsider.

The classy chestnut, who has winning form up to 2500m, won’t be found at that price for Saturday’s feature with his chances boosted with the barrier.

The in-form Jamie Kah comes aboard the 51.5kg lightweight in place of Ethan Brown.

Smokin’ Romans is out to become the third horse in as many years to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double following on from Verry Elleegant (2020) and Incentivise (2021).

Maher & Eustace also saddle-up Saturday’s 57.5kg top-weight, French import Gold Trip ($12) drawn barrier 12 as he looks to improve on his lead-up placings behind Smokin’ Romans in the Naturalism (3rd) and Turnbull (5th).

Despite a capacity Caulfield Cup field this spring, there is only one other stayer under double-figures for the win with the John O’Shea-trained Benaud ($9.50) rated the danger.

The autumn’s ATC Derby runner, Benaud has drawn the extreme outside alley and will jump from barrier 18 of 18 on Saturday.

Incentivise jumped from barrier 18 last year as did French raider Dunaden in 2012.

The last back-to-back champions from the same Caulfield Cup barrier draw were Taufan’s Melody (2998) and Sky Heights (1999) from barrier nine.

Incentivise (2020) and Dunaden (2012) are the latest Caulfield Cup winners to jump from barrier 18

O’Shea also saddles-up Maximal ($21) from the second widest alley with Ben Melham to ride the Galileo entire who caught the eye with a strong second in the Turnbull Stakes last time out on a firm track.

From 2009 – 2021 eight of the 13 Caulfield Cup winners jumped from a double-digit barrier draw.

The other widest-drawn this year are the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-rained Knights Order (18 into 16), Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare (17 into 15) and David Payne’s multiple Group 1 winning mare Montefilia (16 into 14).

Knights Order, winner of the Group 1 Sydney Cup over the two miles from the autumn, is the early Caulfield Cup betting market mover into $12.

He presents rock hard fit fourth-up and has been in strong form this prep including his fresh win in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on a Heavy (10) track in Sydney.

The Irish-bred So You Think eight-year-old then ran third to Alegron in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) before an eye-catching fourth at a big price in the Turnbull Stakes.

He is a superior wet-tracker and will relish getting back on a Heavy track this weekend.

Godolphin’s Kingston Town Stakes winner Alegron ($11) drew barrier 14 and has Smokin’ Roman’s recent rider Ethan Brown aboard, while last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Nonconformist ($11) is drawn one wider in gate 15.

The 2022 Caulfield Cup is set to run as Caulfield Race 9 at 5:15pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on Saturday’s bumper 10-race card.

Click here for the latest Caulfield Cup 2022 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2022 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x52x3x335 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 12 57.5kg 115
2 x96117x068 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 9 55.5kg 116
3 0x3521x134 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 18 55.5kg 114
4 214x718x43 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jason Collett 16 55.5kg 116
5 7x60211x22 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 10 55.5kg 113
6 64122×8767 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 15 54.5kg 116
7 0x8x00x535 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 17 54kg 110
8 32510×5361 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 13 53.5kg 1.0kg 108
9 2x80314x71 ALEGRON James Cummings Ethan Brown 14 53kg 114
10 62542×6426 BENAUD John O’Shea Regan Bayliss 20 53kg 115
11 x438240x30 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 3 53kg 110
12 x5x6160x27 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 1 53kg 109
13 6x00x25x82 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Ben Melham 19 53kg 112
14 7321763×46 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Blaike McDougall 4 53kg 110
15 0x0036x840 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 11 52.5kg 108
16 211119×900 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 2 52kg 108
17 12219×9211 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 5 51.5kg 1.5kg 114
18 4x33219x70 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 8 51.5kg 106
19e x4x1x70116 DURSTON (GB) Chris Waller Michael Dee 6 51.5kg 1.5kg 105
20e 21x01x9142 MAKRAM (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes 7 50kg 104

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