Caulfield Cup 2022 Scratching: Maximal Out, Durston In

October 15, 2022

Caulfield Cup 2022 Scratching: Maximal Out, Durston In

As expected, trainer John O’Shea has scratched Maximal from today’s Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) field in Melbourne paving the way for the Chris Waller-trained first emergency Durston to gain a start.

Durston | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

First emergency Durston has gained a start in the Caulfield Cup 2022 final field. Photo: Steve Hart.

With a Heavy (8) Caulfield track and an outside alley, conditions were not in favour of O’Shea’s Galileo five-year-old Maximal forcing the horse’s scratching from today’s Melbourne feature race.

Maximal’s withdrawal has left jockey Ben Melham without a mount in the Caulfield Cup 2022.

The galloper caught the eye with his slashing second behind Caulfield Cup favourite Smokin’ Romans in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) last start.

O’Shea is hopeful Maximal can continue his spring next weekend in the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

All-in 2022 Cox Plate odds at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au have the Caulfield Cup scratching as a $61 outsider in markets dominated by Godolphin flyer Anamoe ($2).

O’Shea is still in with a chance at Caulfield Cup glory today saddling-up his classy grey Benaud from the outside alley (18 of 18) that Incentivise won from last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Benaud, scratched from Sydney’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) a fortnight ago, pays $10 in Caulfield Cup betting with Regan Bayliss aboard the Reliable Man four-year-old.

Runner-up in the autumn’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half, Benaud is fit fifth-up today and is on the quick back-up after running 2.45 lengths off Anamoe in the Group 1 Might And Power (2000m) last Saturday.

The addition of Durston in the Caulfield Cup field meanwhile gives Waller four chances to win the event for the second time following his 2020 success with Verry Elleegant.

Waller will saddle-up The Metropolitan winner No Compromise ($20), Great House ($26), Crystal Pegasus ($126) and now first emergency Durston ($20) who jumps from a gun barrier six draw on just 51.5kg with Michael Dee to ride.

Sea The Stars seven-year-old Durston won the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) and the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) in September, the latter by over three lengths, and comes off a sixth when only 1.25 lengths off his stablemate in The Metropolitan at Randwick on Epsom Day.

Smokin’ Romans from the Maher/Eustace stable in barrier five continues to dominate the Caulfield Cup odds at $3.60 and firming to become the third horse in as many years to do the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Sydney Cup winner Knights Order is the market mover backed in from $14 to $9, while money is now coming for David Payne’s multiple Group 1 winning mare Montefilia ($18 into $12) who comes off a third in the Group 2 Hill Stakes behind Cascadian.

The Caulfield Cup start time is set for 5:15pm (AEDT) with latest markets available here.

Updated 2022 Caulfield Cup Field & Jockeys

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

 

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