The BMW Caulfield Cup – Opening To The Melbourne Spring Carnival
The Caulfield Cup has long been touted as the deciding race for the Melbourne Cup. Opening the spring carnival, the Caulfield Cup gives punters a good idea of how the horses are running, and which may or may not have a chance to win Australia’s biggest race day, which happens later on in the season. Looking back at a few of the past Caulfield Cup winners we can see certain trends.
2016 – Jamenka: A young filly that was raced competitively at the age of two, she stormed out of the gate at the 2016 Caulfield Cup to win by a good distance. Jameka is by My Boy Charlie who traces back to the famous Danehill line that has produced so many winners in the past years. She is trained by Ciaron Maher at Caulfield, making her one of the few home trained horses to win the race.
2015 – Mongolian Khan: Mongolian Khan is one of today’s hottest and most popular Caulfield Cup betting options. He won the double of the New Zealand and Australian Derby when he was a three year old, and the Caulfield Cup when he was four. Khan is trained by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman and looks set to take on the 2017 season with blistering speed. The colt is by Holy Roman Empire who in turn is by Danehill.
2014 – Admire Ratki: The ill-fated Japanese horse won the Caulfield Cup, going on to compete in the Melbourne Cup as a favourite. Half way round he started to flag however, and died shortly after the race. The horse was carrying a weight of 58kg’s in the Caulfield Cup which meant that he had to carry 58.5 in the Melbourne Cup, a feat that had not been seen since 1975. Admire Ratki was by Hearts Cry who traces back to Halo and Hail To Reason.
2013 – Fawkner: Fawkner is a grey gelding by Reset who in turn is by the great Zabeel. His dam line goes back to Danehill as a great grandsire. Fawkner won the 2014 Caulfield Cup at the ripe old age of six, going on to run 6th at the Melbourne Cup. He was trained by Robert Hickmott.
2012 – Dunaden: With a relatively unknown pedigree, Dunaden won the Melbourne Cup in 2011, going on to win the Caulfield Cup the next year. He is sired by Nicobar who is out of the fairly rare Byerly Turk line.
2011 – Southern Speed : The bay mare is by Southern Image, who is out of the Halo line. His dam is by Golden Eagle, who in turn is by Zabeel. She was trained by L McDonald and A Gluyas who are based in Morphitville. She ended her career on seven wins from 25 starts
2010 – Descarado : Descarado is a dark bay gelding by high Chapperal who is by Saddlers Wells.. He won the 2010 Caulfield Cup in his third season going on to finish unplaced in the Melbourne Cup of the same year. He was pulled up by his jockey after heading the pack for most of the race, but beginning to trail badly toward the end.