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

  • Top 5 contenders
Sir Isaac Newton is an outsider in the race

The field for the Caulfield Cup (2400m) has been finalised and the 2017 version of $3 million classic shapes as a beauty. 

Here is the final field, including barriers and betting, with a brief synopsis of all the runners. 

1. Humidor (7) - Darren Weir, Damian Lane, 56kg

Vying for favouritism at the $6 quote. Struggled at only two runs at 2400m to date, finishing a mile off them in the NZ Derby as well as a six-length runner up to Jameka in the BMW this year. Both of those were on wet tracks. Prepared to risk this guy. 

2. Marmelo (10) - Hughie Morrison, Hugh Bowman, 55kg

One of only three foreign gallopers in the Caulfield Cup this year, the lightly raced contender has had 10 starts for three wins with two of those over longer trips in France. There is some school of thought that this is a stepping stone towards the Melbourne Cup (3200m) but he must be respected. 

3. Johannes Vermeer (2) - Aidan O’Brien, Ben Melham, 54.5kg

The Irish five-year-old produced a slashing run at his Australian debut last weekend, running on for 2nd behind Gailo Chop in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m). Drops 4.5kg for this and is reportedly thriving. The Aiden O'Brien galloper will go very close and firmed significantly in the betting after drawing barrier 2. 

4. Jon Snow (6) - Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Stephen Baster, 54.5kg

ATC Derby (2400m) from the autumn, who has produced two very good runs over 2000m at his last two starts. He finished 3rd behind Gailo Chop and Johannes Vermeer last weekend. We know that he loves the 2400m and he represents a little bit of vale at the each-way odds. 

5. He's Our Rokkii (15) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Luke Nolen, 54kg

Toorak Handicap (1600m) winner from 2016 and steps up to the 2400m for the first time. Unsure is he is going well enough to trouble some of these. 

6. Sir Isaac Newton (17) - Robert Hickmott, Ms Katelyn Mallyon, 54kg

Former import and is one of two that will be wearing the Lloyd Williams colours. Ran 7th in this race last year and is at big odds. Was ok behind Harlem two starts ago in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at this track and is a bit of a sneaky contender at big odds but will have to overcome a horror draw. 

7. Ventura Storm (4) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Damien Oliver, 54kg

Finished 2nd to the mighty Winx at his last start, albeit by almost seven lengths but did finish ahead of Humidor. The Hayes/Dabernig galloper has been a bit of an improver in what is his second preparation in Australia and can be a factor.

8. Wicklow Brave (16) - William Mullins, Joao Moreira, 54kg

The Irish veteran will be out to become the oldest galloper to win a Caulfield Cup (he is aged nine) and hasn't won on the flat for over a year. However, he is one that must be respected. Joao Moriera takes the ride. 

9. Inference (11) - Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, Dwayne Dunn, 53.5kg

Team Hawkes' four-year-old that will attract some support in the betting. Ran home well for 3rd in last year's VRC Derby (2500m) and took out the Randwick Guineas (1600m) earlier this year. Worked home ok for 5th to Gailo Chop last week and is an each-way contender. 

10. Single Gaze (12) - Nick Olive, Ms Kathy O'Hara, 53kg

Classy mare that has been thereabouts in recent weeks without really threatening. Could sneak into the first four. 

11. Bonneval (14) - Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Kerrin McEvoy, 52.5kg

One of the favourites for this but had a slight setback after finishing 6th last weekend. The Kiwi mare was flying prior to that, winning six in a row, including three at Group 1 level, with two of those over 2400m. Her trainer took out this race in 2015 with Mongolian Khan and she must be respected. 

12. Hardham (8) - David Brideoake, Craig Newitt, 52.5kg

Went down as a $1.50 favourite at his last start and jumps significantly in class. Hard to have. 

13. Boom Time (3) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, 52kg

Finished 4th in the Herbert Power (2400m) at this track last week and is slightly better off at the weights compared to the winner but will start at big odds.

14. Abbey Marie (5) - Michael Kent, Beau Mertens (a), 51.5kg

Lightweight hope for the Michael Kent stable who did clock some good closing sectionals in the Caulfield Stakes, despite finishing 8th of 11 runners. Blowout hope. 

15. Harlem (1) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Chad Schofield, 51.5kg

Looked good winning the Naturalism at this track two starts ago but could only manage 5th behind Amelie's Star in the Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington at his last start. Meets that galloper 1.5kg better off and is another lightweight hope. 

16. Amelie's Star (13) - Darren Weir, Craig Williams, 51kg

Announced himself with a big win at Flemington in the Bart Cummings, defeating the likes of Almandin and is clearly a galloper that is on the way up. Flew home from well back in the Naturalism prior to that and will be a big factor with just the 51kg. 

17. Lord Fandango (9) - Archie Alexander, Ben Allen (a), 50kg

Snuck into the field on the back of last week’s win in the Herbert Power. Not sure if the form out of that will hold up, was running around at Benalla prior to that (winning the Benalla Cup), but carries nothing and is an each-way chance.

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