2014 Caulfield Cup Results – Who Will Win?

October 17th, 2014

The $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) will run at Caulfield Racecourse tomorrow October 18, 2014 at 5:40pm (AEDT).

Brambles is the market mover of the Caulfield Cup, seeing his price shorten from $21 to $9.

Brambles is the market mover of the Caulfield Cup, seeing his price shorten from $21 to $9. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The winner of the 2014 Caulfield Cup is up in the air following the exodus of strong runners. Dandino and Gris Caro were scratched on Thursday due to injury, followed by the shock scratching of Bande on Friday morning after failing a vet exam, and Dear Demi was withdrawn later that due to a throat injury.

The scratching of Bande in particular put the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au into a spin as he was second-favourite at $7.

The fixed-priced odds have changed dramatically over the day, with Lucia Valentina firming into favourite from $4.80 to $3.80.

But it is the Peter Moody-trained duo Brambles and Lidari that have seen the biggest push from punters.

Brambles was the first emergency, earning his spot on the field yesterday when Gris Caro was the first to withdraw.

The six-year-old gelding is the current market mover, with his price shortening from $21 to $9 over the day. He is now the second-favourite behind Lucia Valentina.

Brambles has drawn barrier 11 but will actually jump from 10 with Luke Nolen in the saddle. Last year’s winner Fawkner also jumped from barrier 10, which has produced three winners since 1983.

The Group One winner has already proven successful over the distance of the Caulfield Cup, winning the Group 1 QLD Derby (2400m) in June 2012. His recent form is good too, having placed in all three of his spring starts.

He was a fast-finishing third to Lucia Valentina and Lidari last time out in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), missing out by just half a length.

Lidari has seen his price cut from $17 to $9.50, making him the third and final single figure hopeful at the moment.

The horse drew great in barrier four but will actually start from three with Ben Melham in the saddle. Second to Lucia Valentina last time out in the Turnbull followed two fast-finishing fourth places in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Both Lidari and Brambles have the advantage of running at a weight of 53.5kg which is one of the lowest on the field. Light weight chances also have a good recent record with both Southern Speed (2011) and Descarado (2010) carrying 52.5kg to victory.

If you think one of the Peter Moody-trained horses can win the 2014 Caulfield Cup, place your bets at Ladbrokes.com.au now.