Mongolian Khan is the 2015 Caulfield Cup winner after producing an impressive start to finish performance to take out the major Spring Carnival staying test from British raider Trip To Paris and German import Our Ivanhowe.
Leading Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson elected to settle Mongolian Khan off the pace of early leaders Set Square, Magnapal and Royal Descent past the post the first time and rounding onto the back straight.
Receiving a dream run in transit through the middle stages of the 2015 Caulfield Cup, Bosson pressed the four-year-old through the field rounding onto the final straight before mounting a huge final straight assault to post a third win at the highest level and complete a stunning career-best performance to date.
Veteran trainer Murray Baker saddled his first Caulfield Cup winner in Mongolian Khan and was elated with the results, and remains confident the entire will only take improvement from the performance leading into the Melbourne Cup.
“He rode him a treat, went for home and made it a staying test and he just kept kicking,” Baker said after the race.
“We did think he was a stayer, he’s got a beautifully relaxed temperament when you ride him and he’s a horse that just enjoys being a race horse.
“Fortunately we’ve had not issues and he’s done everything we’ve asked, the plans been right and he’s had a couple of looks at Caulfield.
“We think he’s probably more of a Melbourne Cup horse but whether he can run that extra 800m – a lot of them can run 2400m and can’t get 3200m.
“He hasn’t got the brilliance of some of the others I’ve had but he’s certainly a good sticker.
“We think he’s going to be best as an autumn four-year-old, so hopefully we’ll have a trip to Sydney.”
Bosson delivered a perfectly-timed ride in partnering the 2015 Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan to success and was quick to heap all the praise on the training efforts of Baker and the class of his talented mount after crossing the line.
“He just strode up beautifully and relaxed and didn’t touch the bit, cruised into it when I wanted to,” Bosson said.
“2400m he just eats it up.
“A big thanks to Murray and the team back home, I just can’t believe we won!
“He’s taken me to some of the biggest heights in racing and this is by far my biggest thrill in racing.
“He just loves staying and look out in the Melbourne Cup.”
In being crowned the 2015 Caulfield Cup winner, Mongolian Khan has extended his impressive career record to eight wins and a minor through only 13 competitive starts.
|1||6||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||–||6||55kg||$5F|
|2||7||TRIP TO PARIS (IRE)||Ed Dunlop||Tommy Berry||0.5L||4||55kg||$31|
|3||4||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||1.75L||13||56kg||$26|
|4||16||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Chad Schofield||3.75L||9||51kg||$21|
|5||2||SNOW SKY (GB)||Sir Michael Stoute||Damien Oliver||4.75L||3||58kg||$9|
|6||3||FAME GAME (JPN)||Yoshitada Munakata||Zac Purton||4.85L||1||57kg||$10|
|7||8||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||5.15L||17||54.5kg||$26|
|8||12||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5.25L||10||53kg||$9|
|9||13||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Dwayne Dunn||5.45L||16||53kg||$31|
|10||5||HOKKO BRAVE (JPN)||Yasutoshi Matsunaga||Craig Williams||5.85L||15||55.5kg||$16|
|11||9||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||5.95L||5||53.5kg||$51|
|12||11||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||Craig Newitt||6.7L||7||53.5kg||$31|
|13||14||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||7.2L||2||53kg||$11|
|14||18||MAGNAPAL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||9.45L||14||50kg||$31|
|15||1||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||9.65L||8||58kg||$51|
|16||17||SET SQUARE||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||10.9L||12||51kg||$9|
|17||15||MAGICOOL||Mark Kavanagh||James Winks||14.4L||11||52kg||$151|
|18||10||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||29.4L||18||53.5kg||$16|