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Money is coming of the autumn’s Sydney Cup winner Knights Order to relish a wet track in Melbourne this weekend and post an upset win in the 2022 Caulfield Cup.
A full field of potential Melbourne Cup horses face off over the mile and a half at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday for this year’s Group 1 $5 million Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (2400m), and Knights Order is the early market mover.
After opening at Caulfield Cup odds of $14 the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Irish import has been steadily backed right into $9.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
The evergreen So You Think eight-year-old has his 30th career start on the weekend jumping from a wide barrier (18 into 16) looking to do the Sydney Cup – Caulfield Cup interstate double.
Caulfield is currently rated a Heavy (10) and Knights Order is one of the best wet trackers in the field.
During the autumn he claimed the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles on a seven-day back-up back in April carrying a light weight to a two-length victory on a Heavy (10) at Randwick.
He was good again fresh on another Heavy (10) Randwick track on September 3 winning the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
That form was franked with the third placed No Compromise, also in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field chasing more elite level success, going on to win the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on Epsom Day.
Knights Order meanwhile has had two good runs since when only a length beaten for third in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) before his close fourth to Smokin’ Romans in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) a fortnight back at Flemington.
The Turnbull Stakes form is the one tipped to stack-up in the opening leg of the Spring Cups double on the weekend.
Both Verry Elleegant (2020) and Incentivise (2021) won the Turnbull before their Caulfield Cup victories and this year Smokin’ Romans is red-hot favourite in to repeat the feat.
The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained six-year-old has been a spring revolution for the stable.
He comes into the Caulfield Cup with the confidence of not only his upset Turnbull win, but having also won the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at the Caulfield track the run before.
Smokin’ Romans drops back to just 51.5kg in the Caulfield Cup weights and is the other big mover in the markets backed in from $4.60 to $3.80.
Four Caulfield Cup favourites have saluted in the past six years with Mongolian Khan ($5 in 2015), Jameka ($4.25 in 2016), Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020) and Incentivise ($2.70 in 2021) all getting the job done for the punters.
Jockey Jamie Kah is tasked with getting Smokin’ Romans to be the next from a gun gate five draw this season.
There have been no other major Caulfield Cup betting moves on the final field.
The John O’Shea-trained Benaud remains the $9.50 danger drawn the outside alley that Incentivise won from 12 months ago.
Numerian is at $12 in slightly from $13 earlier in the week, Annabel Neasham’s consistent seven-year-old bringing in some strong form lines.
He won the Listed Gosford Cup (2080m) and Brisbane’s Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) during an excellent autumn – winter prep.
This time in he has recorded two second placings in the Chelmsford and then behind Cascadian in the Group 2 $1 million Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 1.
Another runner at $12 in Caulfield Cup betting is James Cummings’ last start Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes winner Alegron with form against some top stayers.
Smokin’ Roman’s imported stablemate Gold Trip carrying the 57.5kg top weight is steady in the markets at $13.
The aforementioned Chris Waller-trained The Metropolitan winner No Compromise has had a tickle in from $21 to $19 to secure back-to-back 2400m Group 1s.
Some of the Caulfield Cup horses losing favour with the punters and on the drift in betting lead-up to the big day include Edward Cummings’ multiple Group 1 winning mare Duais ($13 out to $15) and last year’s runner-up Nonconformist ($9 out to $12) and the Danny O’Brien-trained rails-drawn Inspirational Girl ($13 out to $17).
The 2022 Caulfield Cup is the penultimate event on Saturday’s 10-race Caulfield race card scheduled to jump at 5:15pm (AEDT).
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