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Caulfield Cup Horses: The lowdown on this year’s Caulfield Cup contenders

  • Top 5 contenders
Mongolian Khan defeats Trip To Paris and Our Ivanhowe in the Caulfield Cup

Caulfield’s feature staying event, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), will take place on Saturday, October 21.

Our form analysts preview the leading contenders for the Caulfield Cup.

Please check back following the final field and barrier draw to see our top selections for 2017.

Top 5 contenders (2016)

3. EXOSPHERIC ($12 Sportsbet)

This international raider started his life named EXOSPHERE. But given we already had one of those here, connections were forced to change the name. Oddly, like our Aussie version, this bloke has real and genuine Group 1 talent. He has been transferred to Lee and Anthony Freedman's stable following his brave 5th of 12 in one of the world's best Gr 1 races, the 2080m Juddmonte International in England. His previous form, all in Group company, was strong including a Gr 2 win at the tough Newmarket couse over 2414m back in April. He beat a name we know in Big Orange that day. If he's at his top, he is right in this race.

4. SCOTTISH ($8.00 bet365)

This is a Godolphin international and the horse that sees Kerrin McEvoy back in the blue silks again. And he's a darn good horse. He's never won at this trip but he is a very consistent European galloper in Group company. Won two of his past three starts, the latest at York in England where he carried 59.5kg to win at Gr 2 level by a widening 1.3 lengths. He's getting better with every run and has victories over Exospheric and Trip To Paris to his name. Perhaps his best effort was a 2nd at Gr 3 level over 2414m behind the brilliant Highland Reel while carrying same weight.

8. SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD ($14 Ladbrokes)

He is just a solid stayer with a dash of speed and trained to the minute for this. His draw makes him a major threat. The speed he showed last start at the 300m to race clear of the pack and defy all rivals in winning the Gr 1 Metrop (2400m) at Rabndwick, just underlines how good he has morphed into it. He's still a fairytale should he win as his rider is a provincial/bush jock so many will be cheering him on. Blake Spriggs has had 10 rides on him for 3 wins and 6 placings. They get on well and he is a strong stayer.

11. JAMEKA ($4.00 William Hill)

This is an outstanding race mare who has shown that quality for some time now. Should be absolutely peaking for this and her runaway win two starts back at Gr 2 level underscores just how good she has come on. No weight on her back here, back on home track, she can either press forward or drop back and slot in. Even her 2nd behind the freakish Hartnell last start was full of merit as she was the only one who showed him any fight. Big chance.

12. REAL LOVE ($8.00 CrownBet)

Trainer Darren Weir needs to be complimented for such a meticulous program. He has brought this mare on so well and timed her assault on this race so perfectly it looks like a perfect storm. She can stay all day and has a sprint that is electrifying when produced at the right time. Carried 58kg to an effortless win at Gr 3 level over 2000m last start. She's a 6YO mare now - and she's by Desert King. The last time a 6YO mare by Desert King raced at Gr 1 level in Victoria....was Makybe Diva in winning the Melbourne Cup. Respect her.

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