Five Horses Battling to Qualify for Caulfield Cup Field

October 15th, 2012

The Melbourne Racing Club committee will be forced to choose two horses from five equally ranked gallopers to run in the Caulfield Cup this Saturday.

Alcopop, Ironstein, Moudre, Sabrage and Tanby are all even in the 2012 Caulfield Cup order of entry so it will be up to the committee to decide which two stayers will take the final places in the field and who will be emergencies.

Alcopop finally recaptured his best form with a fast finishing performance in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

The son of Jeune almost ran down leading 2012 Cox Plate (2040m) contender Ocean Park and looks as though he is peaking just in time for the major spring staying races.

The eight-year-old finished sixth in the 2009 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and eleventh in the 2010 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Alcopop is priced at $26 in the 2012 Caulfield Cup betting market at

John Singleton-owned Ironstein finished a gutsy fourth in the Group 3 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) to maintain his consistent form this spring.

The son of Zabeel would be desperately unlucky to miss out on a place in the final field after being narrowly balloted out of the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

Moudre commenced his Spring Racing Carnival Campaign with a slashing third place finish in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) but flopped badly in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

The career of the seven-year-old has been plagued by injuries and he missed last year’s Melbourne Cup due to a tendon injury.

Sabrage was one of the leading three-year-olds last season, winning the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) and placing in the Victoria Derby (2500m) and South Australia Derby (2500m), but has failed to recapture that form as a four-year-old.

He is considered an outsider to qualify for the field and is priced at $101 at

Lloyd Williams-owned Tanby won the Listed Bart Cummings (2500m) at his last start but appears unlike to make the final Caulfield Cup field.

The Galileo gelding is a very consistent stayer and won the 2011 Bendigo Cup.

The favourite for the Caulfield Cup is still Gai Waterhouse-trained Glencadam Gold who is priced at $3.90 at

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