Upcoming Group Races

Advertiser Disclosure

This website is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to our visitors. We accept advertising compensation from companies that appear on the site, which impacts the location and order in which brands (and/or their products) are presented, and also impacts the score that is assigned to it. Company listings on this page DO NOT imply endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our Terms of Use, all representations and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including pricing, which appears on this site is subject to change at any time.

Got It


European stayer Spanish Mission is on a mission to tackle the double header of Caulfield and Melbourne Cups this Spring after the Andrew Balding runner came through an epic contest with the world's best stayer, Stradivarius with a clean bill of health.

Spanish Mission competing with Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup

UK trainer Andrew Balding confirmed on a call to News Corp that the plan for Spanish Mission is to go into quarantine at Newmarket before heading down under with the first group of European stayers, ready to contest the Caulfield Cup in October.

Spanish Mission jumped to the top of betting for the Melbourne Cup after going down narrowly in a neck and neck contest with Stradivarius in the closing stages of the Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday. 

That performance alerted the TAB odds setters who moved Spanish Mission from $26 to $13 for the big race on the first Tuesday of November. 

With the Caulfield Cup the likely starting point for Spanish Mission the only thing remaining is to get RV approval to compete, which seems likely now that he has passed final vets checks before quarantine. 

“He has just completed those and as far as I am aware there is no major problems.

“The horse is due to return to Kingsclere (Balding stables) tomorrow morning and spend a bit of time here and then go into quarantine in Newmarket with the hope of getting on that first shipment to Australia which would make him eligible for the Caulfield Cup.

“I think it (the Caulfield Cup) is the obvious option for a prep race, it’s nice to get out there with a bit of fumble time because obviously the main objective is the Melbourne Cup.

“But all being well, if we could have him ready for the Caulfield Cup and he travels well it would be the ideal scenario to have a prep run there.

“It gives us a bit of more time too, in case we do have any sort of setbacks.”

Even though recruitment is underway for the Caulfield Cup, it is believed Spanish Mission is likely to be the only entrant from overseas in the race. 

More News

Punters, maximize your horse racing betting experience! Sign up for free and enjoy free betting tips, special betting offers, and up-to-date horse racing news.SIGN ME UP!
TAB Logo
All Sky Racing Channels
Live on your App
Join Now
TC’s Apply. Gamble Responsibly. Gamblers Help 1800 858 858
bet365 Logo
Bet365 Australia
Highly Recommended
Join Now
18+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply
Ladbrokes  Logo
Live Betting Now on Racing
Get on After the Jump
Join Now
T&Cs apply and available on website. Gamble responsibly. www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. 18 ...More
Unibet AU Logo
Racing Bet
& Get Up To $200
Join Now
T+C Existing Customers Only. Excludes SA. 18+ T&C’s and wagering requirements apply.
Check All Offers