2014 Caulfield Cup Result: Admire Rakti Produces Stunning Performance To Victory

Admire Rakti

It never looked like Admire Rakti would have been the winner until the 2300m of the race. But the Tomoyuki Umeda trained Japanese raider proved the reason why he deserves respect in Australia by producing a magnificent gallop towards the final 100m to win the prestigious Group 1 $3 million Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield today.

It was only in the final 20m that Admire Rakti actually took the lead, with Rising Romance taking a 2-lengths lead around the final 300 meters and looking like the probable winner. But then came Admire Rakti from the far right and the Japanese speedster produced an incredible speed to deny the Kiwi horse the victory by a long neck.

Admire Rakti’s trainer Umeda was all smiles after the victory. “We were very happy to be here and knew the horse was ready,” Umeda said.
“We thought the handicap (58kg) was fair and if he showed us his best, he’d be close to winning.”
“We’ll keep going now to the Melbourne Cup. His last win in Japan was over a similar distance (to the Melbourne Cup) so we’re expecting him to improve.”

Also delighted with the victory was winning jockey Zac Purton. “To win an Australian grand slam is a huge thrill and this is something I’ll never forget,” said Purton.
“The horse travelled deep but with cover and did it so well,” he added.
“When I pulled him out at the top of the straight he just let down and was too good for them.”

Despite starting at number 5 in the bookies table at $12, Rising Romance also showed a wonderful performance and jockey James McDonald was fully appreciative of his horse. “Everyone that underestimated her, she certainly stood up today,” said McDonald. “She’s definitely a stayer of the future,” he added.

However, the Kris Kees trained $4.6 favorite horse Lucia Valentina could only manage a third place finish despite a strong run and jockey Kerrin McEvoy looked somewhat disappointed.
“Very game in defeat; it was steadily run and at the 1000 I was happy enough when they started to stroll along a bit and then I was on the back of the winner,” said McEvoy.
“I got out and got going thinking Zac’s horse might take a bit of winding up but Zac pushed me fairly wide on the bend,” he added.
“She hit the line strongly but the winner was that bit sharper over the last furlong and a half.”

The Peter Moody trained third favorite Bambles finished fourth while Araldo managed to finish fifth.


James is an Australian Horse Racing enthusiast and latest news reporter

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