Caulfield Cup Attracts Attention as Melbourne Spring Carnival Proceeds

This weekend is the Caulfield Cup.

Now that the commotion around The Everest has died down, punters can get back to focusing on the important races of the Melbourne spring carnival.

There are several compelling story lines associated with this year’s Caulfield Cup.

An Irish veteran nine-year-old named Wicklow Brave will attempt to become the first of his age to win the Caulfield Cup. He is a stayer of Britishdescent, sired by Beat Hollow from Moraine. His last win was a Group 1 race in Punchestown in Ireland, but that race was for jumpers, a 3218 m affair called the Champion Hurdle. He came across to run in the Melbourne Cup last year, but he beat only Curren Mirotic and Rose of Virginia to finish 22nd, over 24 lengths behind Almandin. His last win on the flats was the Group 1 Irish St Leger.

He will have a tough slog, having drawn wide in the 16th slot.

Lloyd Williams has seen him import Johannes Vermeer firm to $4.60 favourtism for the Caulfield Cup after drawing a decent slot in barrier two and the news that Japan’s Admire Deus had broken down. Weir will have to depend on Humidor ($6) and Amelie’s Star ($8). Weir has never won the Caulfield Cup, but he has a couple of capable contenders. Damian Lane will be on Humidor and Craig Williams will ride Amelie’s Star in place of Michael Dee.

Bonneval is still quoted in the bookmakers’ markets, but she may not be cleared by stewards to take part, as she came up lame in one leg and suffered a cut on another in her racing at Caulfield last weekend.

First run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup has been won consecutively only by Poseidon, 1906 and 1907, and Rising Fast, 1954 and 1955. Others have won twice, with one or more years intervening, such as Whittier, 1922 and 1925 and Ming Dynasty, 1977 and 1980.

The winner of the Caulfield Cup will ignite the markets for a potential Cups double, last filled by Ethereal in 2001.

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