The official Caulfield Cup 2016 field and barrier draw for this weekend’s classic are now out with the race favourite Jameka drawing awkwardly in gate 13.
Of the capacity field engaged to face off in Caulfield Race 8 at 4:30pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon in the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), clear favourite in the Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka.
The Group 1 winning mare has eased out slightly in Caulfield Cup betting from $3.20 to $3.50 however after drawing gate 13, which last produced a winner in Viewed (2009).
Jockey Nicholas Hall, who rode the 2013 Caulfield Cup winner Fakwner to victory, stays in the saddle of the four-year-old Myboycharlie mare after winning the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on her two back.
Hall also rode this year’s Caulfield Cup favourite last start at Flemington when runner-up to Hartnell in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Last year’s winning Caulfield Cup barrier (6) is drawn this season by the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe.
The German expat finished off last year’s Caulfield Cup trifecta result when third to Mongolian Khan (2015) and currently pays $26 to go two better this year.
Team Freedman also saddle-up the imported Exospheric ($10) from his brilliant barrier three draw for his down under debut in the Caulfield Cup field this weekend.
Damien Oliver is booked to ride the son of Beat Hollow, Oliver a four-time winning Caulfield Cup jockey chasing his first win in the classic since Sky Heights (1999).
Following Jameka in the updated Caulfield Cup odds this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at a firming $7.50 is the best fancied of the international raiders Scottish.
Kerrin McEvoy rides the Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin galloper from barrier seven, which has produced four champs in the race (since 1983) most recently Admire Rakti (2014).
The other international raiders in the line-up are the Aidan O’Brien-trained Sir Isaac Newton ($13 into $11) jumping from the race’s most successful barrier in the past 30 years (9) and the Andreas Wohler-trained Articus ($9 into $8.50) from Germany jumping from barrier 11.
Rounding out the single-figure hopes at $8 is the Darren Weir-trained mare Real Love in barrier 10 with Craig Williams chasing his third Caulfield Cup winning ride aboard the last start JRA Cup winner.
In the past four years the Caulfield Cup results show just one single-figure hope saluting when Mongolian Khan ($4) got the job done for the punters last season.
Along with aforementioned Exospheric ($10) and Sir Isaac Newton ($11) the other key hopes priced around these Caulfield Cup odds in the mix this year include last start The Metropolitan winner from Sydney Sir John Hawkwood ($16) in barrier five and the John O’Shea-trained Turnbull Stakes third-placed Street Cry four-year-old Tally ($15) out wide drawing barrier 19 (into 17).
Check out the complete 2016 Caulfield Cup field, barrier draw, jockeys and weights below along with the fixed win odds from Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).