The Caulfield Cup Betting PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Regarded by many horseracing and betting fans as amongst the best 2400m handicap in the world, the Caulfield Cup boasts an impressive reputation for showcasing a phenomenal line-up of the best horses.
Winning this event is one of the most prestigious accolades any horse can achieve. We’ve taken a look at the best of the 18 horses competing to give you our top Caulfield Cup betting tips ahead of the race.
Admire Rakti – seven-year-old horse
Trainer: Tomoyuki Umeda
Jockey: Zac Purton
Starting Gate: 8
Admire Rakti has never won a Grade 1 Stakes race yet but he has been in very similar form and is of a remarkably similar ability to Delta Blues, who won the 2006 Melbourne Cup.
He won’t struggle with the 2400m distance having finished fourth in the Japan Cup but may have problems with the lack of galloping room.
It could be that the Caulfield Cup is merely the warmup for Admire Rakti in preparation for the Melbourne Cup, but the horse represents decent value in the field.
Who Shot Thebarman – six-year-old gelding
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey: Glen Boss
Starting Gate: 16
Trainer Chris Waller has yet to win a Caulfield Cup but this could be his year. Although Who Shot Therbarman has a better record over two mile events, he looks set to be extremely competitive over the shorter distance and could well have a top three finish.
Glen Boss is one of the more experienced jockeys in big races such as this, making him a leading contender over the 2400m.
Lidari – six-year-old horse
Trainer: Peter Moody
Jockey: Luke Nolen
Starting Gate: 4
Lidari has made a good start so far this season but he’ll need to really pull it out of the bag to be truly effective at Caulfield Racecourse. If he delivers the same form he showed in the Turnbull he’ll be onto a winner.
Lucia Valentina – four-year-old mare
Trainer: Kris Lees
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
Starting Gate: 12
Lucia Valentia is the favourite for the Caulfield Cup, especially being in the expert hands of superb rider Kerrin McEvoy. This pairing is the perfect match if the Turnbull Stakes are anything to go by.
“She has come on nicely from her Turnbull win” McEvoy said this week. “She is in better shape than she was at Flemington and it is a bit scary for rivals that she can perform better than she did there.”
Rising Romance – four-year-old mare
Trainer: Donna Logan
Jockey: James McDonald
Starting Gate: 17
Rising Romance won over the same distance at ATC Oaks a few months ago and has been steadily improving with every outing. James McDonald is the jockey of the moment, fresh from a Caulfield Guineas success on Shooting To Win on Saturday.
For 22-year-old Macca there is an extra incentive to win at the Caulfield Cup as it would be his 1000th career win. Is that enough to spur him on to victory?