Favourites Draw Wide For Caulfield Cup

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Southern Speed won last year's Caulfield Cup. Picture: Michael Dodge/heraldsun.com.au
1. Americain  – French trained 2010 Melbourne Cup winner who disappointed during the autumn when transferred to South Australian handler David Hayes. Has won four of his five starts for Alain de Royer Dupre but is getting on a bit and has a bad draw to contend with.

2. Dunaden  – Won the Melbourne Cup last year before going on to win the Group One Hong Kong Vase over this trip. Has been racing very well in 2012 without success and has the best form for this race but must overcome a horrendous draw. Connections have been very bullish about his chances.

3. Jakkalberry  –Well travelled Italian galloper who is now owned by Australian interests. Claimed the American St Leger at his last start and has been competitive in good races right around the world but struggles to win at this level.

4. Winchester  – Multiple Group One winner in the USA but has shown very little in either of his two Australian starts.

5. December Draw  – Favourite for this race twelve months ago, the Mark Kavanagh trained galloper has run well at all three starts this preparation. Looks well drawn and one of the leading chances, although there is a small query about him getting the trip.

6. Voila Ici  – Headstrong Italian stallion that has shown good form in Australia. May have to work hard from a wide draw to get to the front but will keep fighting right to the finish.

7. Southern Speed  – Won this race last year but will have her work cut out becoming just the third horse to win the race in consecutive years. Flopped last time out at Flemington and will be having the sixth start of her campaign in this event.

8. Sanagas  – Another American import who, like Winchester, has failed to deliver down under. The only positive is that he has master trainer Bart Cummings in his corner.

9. Glencadam Gold  – Gai Waterhouse trained import who has taken his form to a new level this preparation with four wins from as many starts. Scored his first success at the top level in the Metropolitan last time out when dictating terms from the front but won’t get things his own way in this contest. Drawing the 2nd widest gate doesn’t make things easy.

10. My Quest For Peace  – Luca Cumani trains this galloper, who won his last two starts in England impressively. Looks well weighted, will get a good run from his inside draw and should figure in the finish.

11. Niwot  – Won the Sydney Cup earlier in the year and ran on well in the Turnbull Stakes, but probably wants further. Has history against him, with only one 8 year old winning the race since 1930.

12. Lights Of Heaven  – Showed vast improvement in the Hill Stakes last time out and showed good form over this sort of trip during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Draw well, she should run well with champion jockey Luke Nolen aboard.

13. Secret Admirer  – Has run well this campaign but doesn’t seem to possess the killer blow that she had in previous campaigns. Hard to fancy her at her first attempt over 2400m.

14. Sneak A Peek  – Another representative for champion trainer Peter Moody, the four year old son of Doyen has been running well in Weight-For-Age races. Will appreciate a return to handicap company and a step up in trip and could run into a place.

15. Alcopop  – Finished strongly in the Caulfield Stakes last week but will find this much tougher. Doesn’t win often these days but will run an honest race.

16. Moudre  – Has had only two runs in the past 18 months and was tailed off in the Turnbull Stakes two weeks ago. Has had injury problems and is probably past his best.

17. Folding Gear  – Loves Caulfield, with 3 wins and a 3rd from 5 starts at the track, but looks outclassed here. Won the Naturalism to get into the race but no horse has ever done the Naturalism/Caulfield Cup double.

18. Zabeelionaire  – 4 year olds have won 10 of the past 16 renewals of the race and he is the only one set to face the starter this year. Has probably been running better than his form looks on paper, but the last horse to win from barrier one was ‘Velocity’ in 1941.

19. Sabrage (1st Emergency)  – Placed in both the Victorian and South Australian derbies as a 3 year old, but has struggled in open company.

20. Gatewood (2nd Emergency)  – Was luckless in the Herbert Power last week after showing very good form in Europe throughout the year. Will struggle to get a run, but watch out if he does.

21. Ibicenco (3rd Emergency)  – SCRATCHED

22. Fictional Account (4th Emergency)  – One paced mare who doesn’t warrant a place in this field. Might run well over 4400m, but not 2400m.

Selections: My Quest For Peace, Dunaden, Glencadam Gold, December Draw

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