Johannes Vermeer tops 2017 Caulfield Cup betting after barrier draw

October 18th, 2017

The Lloyd Williams owned, Aidan O’Brien trained Johannes Vermeer has skipped to the top of 2017 Caulfield Cup betting after drawing an inside barrier for Saturday’s Melbourne Racing Club’s Spring Carnival feature staying race.

Ben Melham, above, rides Johannes Vermeer in the 2017 Caulfield Cup. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

Ben Melham, above, rides Johannes Vermeer in the 2017 Caulfield Cup. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

The Irish trained invader Johannes Vermeer drew barrier two in the final seventeen horse field for the Group 1 $3.15m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield.

Following the barrier drew bookmakers at elevated Johannes Vermeer to be the $4.20 for the Caulfield Cup ahead of the top weight Humidor and multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Bonneval at $7.50 and the Darren Weir trained Amelie’s Star at $8.50.

Johannes Vermeer is the winner of the 2015 Group 1 €250,000 Criterium International (1400m) at Saint Cloud in France and the Galileo stallion’s recent form has been good, highlighted by a flashing second to Gailo Chop in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday.

Ben Melham takes over from Katelyn Mallyon and the Golden Slipper winning jockey was full of praise for the well credentialed Irish visitor.

“Everybody saw his run the other day and more importantly he’s pulled up well,” Melham said.

“He’s a horse who backs up really well so he’s got a lot of things in his favour.

“And he’s got a favourable draw now.

“It would obviously be very special to me. Especially to be able to do it for Aidan O’Brien and more importantly it would be a milestone for him.”

Humidor is one of two runners leading Victorian trained Darren Weir will saddle up in the Caulfield Cup and has also drawn favourably at barrier seven with regular rider Damian Lane in the saddle again.

Weir also has Amelie’s Star who has drifted in the betting after drawing gate thirteen with Craig Williams taking over from Damian Lane who steered the six year old mare to victory last start in the Group 3 $300,000 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on October 7.

Easing equal second Bonneval has drawn wide at barrier fourteen with Kerrin McEvoy taking over from Damian Lane who was aboard the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained mare last Saturday when sixth to Gailo Chop in the Ladbrokes Stakes.

The Cambridge trainers also have Jon Snow accepted in the Caulfield Cup 2017 field and unlike his stablemate Bonneval, has firmed in the betting from $13 to be marked as an $12 chance on Wednesday morning after drawing barrier six.

Jon Snow has been racing in fine form with a win two starts back in the Group 3 $200,000 MSC Signs JRA Cup (2040m) at The Valley on September 29 followed by a fighting third behind Gailo Chop and Johannes Vermeer in the Ladbrokes Stakes.

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