2012 Caulfield Cup Final Field

October 19th, 2012

The 2012 Caulfield Cup is now only a day away so we will go through the entire Caulfield Cup field and find the best chances in the world’s richest 2400m handicap race.

#1 – Americain

The 2010 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner is now an eight-year-old and his disappointing performances this year have many experts thinking he is past his best. Carrying 58kg and a wide barrier draw makes this a very difficult task.

#2 – Dunaden

The 2011 Melbourne Cup winner is undefeated in Australia and in great condition but will also have to carry 58kg from a poor gate. He will become just the second horse in the past thirty years to carry 58kg to win the Caulfield Cup if successful.

#3 – Jakkalberry

The Australian owned, Italian trainer stayer will make his Australia debut in the Caulfield Cup. He is coming off a victory in the United States St Leger (2700m) but isn’t considered to be on the same level as the leading European stayers like Americain and Dunaden.

#4 – Winchester

The John Sadler-trained galloper has finished well in both his Australia starts but is probably slightly outclassed in this company.

#5 – December Draw

The Mark Kavanagh-trained import has been well backed this week but there are still question marks over whether he can run a strong 2400m. He has been in consistent form this campaign and is a chance if he can handle the trip.

#6 – Voila Ici

The Italian import drew a wide barrier and is expected to contest the lead early with Glencadam Gold. The eight-year-old was impressive in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) but raced flat in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

#7 – Southern Speed

The Southern Image mare is attempting to become the first mare in history to win the Caulfield Cup on multiple occasions. The Leon Macdonald-trained five-year-old flopped badly in the Turnbull Stakes last start and will need to improve significantly to win.

#8 – Sanagas

The German stayer is trained by Bart Cummings but hasn’t done anything since being in Australia to suggest he could win this race.

#9 – Glencadam Gold

The Gai Waterhouse-trained import is the 2012 Caulfield Cup favourite after scoring impressive victories in the Newcastle Cup (2300m) and Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m). The Refuse to Bend gelding has drawn a wide barrier but will likely be taken to the lead by veteran jockey Jim Cassidy. Despite the wide gate he is still the horse to beat.

#10 – My Quest For Peace

The Luca Cumani-trained galloper has been well backed this week after drawing an inside barrier. He has an excellent first-up record and is one of the leading chances if he can handle Australian racing.

#11 – Niwot

The Hawkes Family-trained gelding has raced consistently this campaign but is better suited to the true staying test of the Melbourne Cup.

#12 – Lights of Heaven

The 2012 Brisbane Cup (2400m) winner has been the Caulfield Cup market mover at bookmaker.com.au this week. The five-year-old started this campaign slowly but generally improves with more races under her belt. She is a chance to win Peter Moody his first Caulfield Cup.

#13 – Secret Admirer

Dubawi mare Secret Admirer is a previous Group 1 winner but has never run over 2040m. Secret Admirer has been slightly disappointing this campaign and would have to improve significantly to win tomorrow.

#14 – Sneak A Peek

The Peter Moody-trained stayer has a great winning record and has improved in each run this campaign. Moody has a big wrap on the horse and he is a good option for trifecta and first four bets.

#15 – Alcopop

The eight-year-old stormed into Caulfield Cup contention with a fast finishing second behind Ocean Park in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m). The Jake Stephens-trained stayer has a good record at Caulfield and won the 2009 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at this track and distance in a career best performance.

#16 – Moudre

Moudre was badly beaten in the Turnbull Stakes and it is difficult to see him improving enough to win this race.

#17 – Folding Gear

Folding Gear was impressive in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) but faces a significant leap in class in the Caulfield Cup. He is untested over 2000m and no horse has ever completed the Naturalism Stakes-Caulfield Cup double.

#18 – Zabeelionaire

The 2012 South Australian Derby winner is the only four-year-old in the race which is the age group that has provided the most Caulfield Cup winners. He has failed to impress this campaign and is one of the clear outsiders.

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