BMW Caulfield Cup Day 2013 Latest News

2012 Caulfield Cup Winner Dunaden

2012 Caulfield Cup Winner Dunaden

With the spring racing season well under way, the Caulfield Cup Day takes centre stage this weekend, with the feature race building up to fever pitch over these last few days preceding race day.

The richest handicap race over 2400 meters in the world, the Caulfield Cup has seen a wide range of champions trampling the Caulfield Racecourse over its 134 year history, and with $2.5 million up for grabs, this year is no different.

This week’s draw has seen the odds fluctuate over the last few days, though the early favourites have mainly kept their places at the top of the market. Chris Waller is chasing his first victory in this prestigious race, and this year may very well prove to be his best chance yet, with the top two favourites falling under his charge.

Stablemates Hawkspur (4.80) and Royal Descent (6.50) have retained their places as the leading favourites, with contrasting draws producing varying results on their odds. After drawing wide, Hawkspur saw his price lift from as low as 4.00 earlier in the week, while a barrier three draw for Royal Descent saw his drop from 8.50 on Tuesday.

Another horse who drew well was Silent Achiever. The New Zealand Derby winner was already at a promising 10.00 before the draw, and is now going at 8.00. On the receiving end was Dandino, who was third favourite behind Waller’s pair earlier in the week, but has now dropped to 10.00 after being drawn barrier 19. However, Dandino, Hawkspur and the rest of the horses drawn wide will be encouraged from the fact that over the last thirty years, horses drawn in barriers 9 to 18 have come up victorious in the Caulfield Cup a total of 15 times.

Caulfield Cup 2006

Jockey Dwayne Dunn winning the 2006 Caulfield Cup on Tawqeet

Among the value runners in the field is 2012 pre-race favourite, Glencadam Gold (41.00). Trainer Gai Waterhouse was typically enthusiastic regarding her charges’ chances, with Julienas (26.00) joining Glencadam Gold as a value outsider for the race, and who ran second in his last start in the Metropolitan at Randwick. Glencadam Gold gets his long odds mainly due to a poor showing in the Turnbull Stakes, but Waterhouse was confident that previous experience on the racecourse would see him perform a lot better than he did last year.

News emerged Thursday morning that Luke Currie had been replaced in the saddle of Tuscan Fire by Michael Walker after Currie had tested positive to a dietary supplement in a test taken at the Geelong Synthetic meeting in September. Seven year old Tuscan Fire (61.00) was a late bloomer and somewhat of a fairytale entry into the race, but has had a great year, winning twice at Flemington last summer before claiming the Mornington Cup, which sealed his entry into the Caulfield Cup.

Derek Peterson - Melbourne Cup Pundit and top racing tipster. Having picked the last four Melbourne Cup winners on the trot you'd expect Derek to be experienced enough to give a tip or two across the Melbourne Cup and the Spring Racing Carnival during this racing season.


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