Friday, October 14, 2011

Spring Racing Carnival 2011 – Caulfield Cup

December Draw – can he win the Caulfield Cup?

I’m feeling rather tired this evening so I’ll make this post a short one.

Tomorrow, the first of the big Spring races, the Caulfield Cup is to be run, and quite frankly I am at a loss as to who is the likely winner. There will be a full field of runners (18) contesting it and quite a number of them are International stayers or imports, with very few local stayers in the mix. On form, December Draw looks the top pick, but there are doubts as to his ability to run 2400 metres. Just because he hasn’t run the distance before, doesn’t mean he can’t, so I choose him as my top chance. Others in contention are the UK stayers Mighty High, Drunken Sailor  and  Manighar, imports Green Moon and Unusual Suspect,  locals Hawk Island and Niwot and mares Southern Speed and Absolutely. Take your pick.

Other than the Caulfield Cup, there are several other races that are full of interest, the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint, for instance where we racing fans can enjoy the sight of champion colt Sepoy in action again. More Joyous and Sister Madly will be head to head in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400 metres). Sister Madly beat More Joyous in the Manikato Stakes, but the tables are likely to be turned here with More Joyous back to her best and in winning form.

Anyway, I’ll be watching the events on free to air TV for once, so that takes care of Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE – Saturday evening
It was great to see South Australian mare Southern Speed win the Caulfield Cup this afternoon, the first mare to do so in 10 years. Ethereal was the last mare to win in 2001. Green Moon ran second with Tullamore filling third spot this afternoon.

More Joyous as expected prevailed over Sister Madly in the Tristarc Stakes, and Sepoy kept his almost perfect record intact in the Caulfield Sprint.  So a very exciting afternoon of racing kept this fan entertained all afternoon.

Early tomorrow morning So You Think will be running in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. He ran fourth in the Arc, being caught too far back in the field to have any chance of overtaking the winner, German filly Danedream, so will hopefully restore his formidable reputation in this.

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