This Saturday, October 17, Caulfield Racecourse hosts the first of the ‘Big 3’ Spring Majors with the Caulfield Cup 2015 taking place as Caulfield Race 7.
A capacity field of 18 starters plus four emergencies are accepted to face off in this season’s $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The early Caulfield Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering an exclusive Best Tote or SP + 20% on ALL Caulfield Cup Day Races on Saturday, feature four single figure hopes.
Leading the Caulfield Cup odds is the Murray Baker-trained New Zealand visitor Mongolian Khan ($4.80).
The four-year-old has Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson in the saddle on 55kg, a weight last carried to victory only two years ago by Fawkner (2013), as he shoots for his first win since Sydney’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) over the same distance during the autumn.
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The other single figure hopes in the Caulfield Cup odds are the Japanese-trained Fame Game ($8.50) who is also 2015 Melbourne Cup-bound this season, market mover Hauraki ($8.50) prepared by John O’Shea for Godolphin and Ciaron Maher’s four-year-old mare Set Square ($9) coming off a third in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Leading the 2015 Caulfield Cup weights are the now Kris Lees-trained 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and Sir Michael Stoute’s European raider Snow Sky both on 58kg, a weight both Admire Rakti (2014) and Dunaden (2012) have recently carried to Caulfield Cup success.
Fame Game has last year’s winning hoop Zac Purton aboard as Japan looks for successive Caulfield Cup victories with the Tenno Sho runner-up and Craig Williams’ mount Hokko Brave ($10).
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has three Caulfield Cup final acceptors in Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal (53.5kg), runner-up in that same two mile autumn feature Who Shot Thebarman (54.5kg) and superstar mare Royal Descent (53.5kg) who ran second in the Turnbull last time out.
The Turnbull Stakes has produced four of the past six Caulfield Cup winners, while Southern Speed (2011) was the last mare to win the famous mile and a half handicap.
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