Caulfield Cup

Picture: Wayne Ludbey/heraldsun.com.au
Dunaden stormed down the outside to win the Caulfield Cup in 2012. Picture: Wayne Ludbey/heraldsun.com.au
1. Manighar  – Was the dominant middle distance horse in Australia last year but has failed to rediscover that form in 2013. Showed some promise in his first two starts this campaign but disappointed in the Turnbull Stakes last time out.

2. Dandino  – Well travelled campaigner with strong form over this trip, including a narrow second in a Group Two contest at Royal Ascot. Has been just below the top hoses in Europe but looks well placed here, although a wide draw doesn’t make things easy.

3. Ethiopia  – Won the Australian Derby at his fourth start in April last year but that remains his only win. Was disappointing when down the field in the Underwood Stakes last time out and looks out of his depth.

4. Waldpark  – German import with some strong European form in Group One races but has failed to produce his best in three Australian starts.

5. Glencadam Gold  – Started as favourite in this event last year but finished down the field after setting a hot pace. Flopped at Flemington last time out but is well drawn and should get a good run on the speed. Could surprise.

6. Mr Moet  – Was disappointing in the JRA Cup at Moonee Valley at the end of September and clearly isn’t in top form, although the booking of leading jockey Hugh Bowman is one positive.

7. Fawkner  – Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams could have run as many as half a dozen horses in this contest but relies solely on this galloper. Untested over this trip but ran a big race over 2000m last time out and is capable of being in the finish.

8. Jet Away  – Made a huge impression winning his first two Australian starts earlier in the year and was the early favourite for this race but has had a couple of setbacks. His first up effort in the Turnbull Stakes was enormous and he can’t be discounted, despite the interrupted prep.

9. Kelinni  – Finished fourth in the Melbourne Cup last year but has had an injury interrupted campaign this time in and was very disappointing in the Craven Plate last time out.

10. Moriarty  – Was well fancied in the Group One Metropolitan at Randwick over this trip last time out and ran on strongly to finish fifth but will find this much tougher, especially from a wide gate.

11. My Quest For Peace  – Finished fifth in the race last year but has failed to perform in either of his starts this campaign. Will be bidding to become just the second horse since 1990 to be beaten in the race and return 12 months later to win it.

12. Hawkspur  – The Queensland Derby winner has been flying for Chris Waller this preparation, producing a barnstorming burst to finish fifth in the Turnbull Stakes after being last at the turn. His Derby win was very good and he is the horse to beat, although he might need some luck from a wide draw.

13. Julienas – Has finished no worse than fourth in five runs this campaign and will again run an honest race but is likely to be outclassed.

14. Mr O’Ceirin  – Earnt a start in the Caulfield Cup by winning the Naturalism here last month but everything went right for him there but that is unlikely to happen this time around. No horse has ever done the Naturalism/Caulfield Cup double.

15. Silent Achiever  – The Kiwi mare finished second in the BMW earlier this year and has been racing much better than her form would suggest this time around. She has a good record over this trip, is drawn well and can figure in the finish.

16. Royal Descent  – One of four runners for champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller, Royal Descent will be bidding to become the second four year old mare to win in three years. She is racing well and won the Australian Oaks by 10 lengths at her only try over 2400m.

17. Tuscan Fire  – The seven year-old qualified for this event by winning the Mornington Cup earlier in the year but will find this much tougher.

18. Dear Demi  – A classy mare already with a Group One victory in the VRC Oaks last year, Dear Demi proved she can match it with the older horses by finishing third behind It’s A Dundeel and Atlantic Jewel in the Underwood two starts back. Will need luck from a wide gate but should run well with a light weight.

19. Forgotten Voice (1st Emergency)  – Forgotten Voice may be a nine year-old but he is lightly raced and has tremendous form this year. Can run well if he gets a start.

20. Sneak A Peek (2nd Emergency)  – Wasn’t beaten far in the Metropolitan over 2400m at his most recent start and could replicate his eighth in the race twelve months ago if he gets a start, but that is unlikely.

21. Ibicenco (3rd Emergency) – SCRATCHED

22. Oasis Bloom (4th Emergency)  – Wasn’t disgraced at her first try over this trip behind Sea Moon last week but would find this much tougher if she were lucky enough to get a run.

Selections: Hawkspur, Fawkner, Royal Descent, Jet Away

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