80 Horses Left in 2012 Caulfield Cup Contention

September 25th, 2012

Second acceptations have been released for the 2012 Caulfield Cup that will be run at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 20.

Eighty stayers remain in contention for the world’s richest 2400m handicap race with all the leading contenders being paid up.

The only notable non-acceptors are Adelaide Cup (3200m) winner Rialya, imported stayer Drunken Sailor and Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) winner Happy Trials.

2011 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner Dunaden was among the second acceptors despite suffering from a foot abscess that has disrupted his training.

The French stayer will leave England on Friday and is expected to land in Australia land on Saturday.

Joining him on the flight will be other Caulfield Cup second acceptors Mount Athos, Quest for Peace, Jakkalberry, Brigantin and Americain.

The international contingent will be looking to join Taufan’s Melody (1998) and All The Good (2008) as European-trained winners of the Caulfield Cup.

All the leading locally-trained chances for the 2012 Caulfield Cup were among the second acceptors.

Lloyd Williams-owned  Green Moon is currently the favourite in 2012 Caulfield Cup betting markets but is still not confirmed to run in the race and was also on the list of the Cox Plate second acceptors as was Peter Moody-trained Manighar.

A decision on whether Green Moon runs in the Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate will be made after the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) that will be run on October 6 while Manighar will not run in the Caulfield Cup unless he races dour in the Caulfield Stakes on October 13 (2000m).

2011 Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed is expected to defend her title despite also being among the second acceptors for the 2012 Cox Plate.

The Southern Image mare will become the first mare in the history of the Caulfield Cup to win the race twice if she is successful next month.

Last year’s beaten favourite December Draw declared himself a contender in 2012 with an impressive run in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

There are still question marks over whether the Mark Kavanagh-trained import can run a strong 2400m after he broke down in last year’s race.

Mornington Cup (2400m) winner Norsqui and Naturalism Stakes (2000m) winner Folding Gear were both paid up for and are guaranteed a start in the race after winning ballot-exempt races.

2012 Caulfield Cup third declarations are due out on October 9 with the final field announced a week later.

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2012 Caulfield Cup Second Declarations

Caulfield Racecourse – 20/10/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 103
2 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 118
3 AULD BURNS (GB) David Hayes 82
4 BIANMICK Michael Brady 90
5 BRIGANTIN (USA) Andre Fabre 107
6 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 90
7 CHATEAU MARGAUX Peter G Moody 85
8 CLASS IS CLASS (IRE) Chris Waller 104
9 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey 91
10 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek 103
11 DARE TO DREAM (IRE) Bart Cummings
12 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 112
13 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson 85
14 DRAGONZONE Bart Cummings 69
15 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 118
16 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 111
17 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 85
18 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 97
19 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes 95
20 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
21 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope 102
22 FRUEHLING (IRE) Anthony Freedman 87
23 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 102
24 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
25 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 109
26 GUNS AT FIVE (NZ) Peter G Moody 90
27 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani 102
28 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 103
29 INDUNA Peter Snowden 93
30 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 101
31 JAKKALBERRY (IRE) Marco Botti 113
32 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
33 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller
34 LAMASERY David Vandyke 104
35 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 112
36 LINTON John Sadler 108
37 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
38 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 116
39 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman 108
40 MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ) Michael Moroney 89
41 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 107
42 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 92
43 MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 97
44 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 104
45 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani 108
46 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
47 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 95
48 MY CHICHARITA (NZ) Michael Moroney 82
49 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
50 NORSQUI Walter McShane 98
51 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell
52 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 103
53 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 101
54 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien 105
55 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 105
56 QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Luca Cumani 108
57 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Michael Moroney 82
58 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 94
59 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 108
60 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 112
61 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 106
62 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 102
63 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 101
64 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller 116
65 SILENT SURROUND William Smart 93
66 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 104
67 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 115
68 STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller 99
69 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent 108
70 TANBY Robert Hickmott 101
71 THE CLEANER Mick Burles 89
72 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 103
73 ULUNDI Pat Carey 89
74 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 103
75 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 82
76 VERDANT (GB) Robert Smerdon 81
77 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 110
78 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler 111
79 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 101
80 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 102