2012 Caulfield Cup Day: Horse racing live updates, blog
Can Americain win the 2012 Caulfield Cup? Slattery Images.
The 2012 Caulfield Cup is the most famous 2400m race in the Southern Hemisphere and a well-travelled field has assembled in Melbourne for the $2.5m handicap. Join us on The Roar as we build-up to the 4.05pm AEDT start time.
Yesterday I went through the field for the Caulfield Cup in a runner-by-runner preview. There is plenty of quality and many winning chances in the line-up.
In that preview I didn’t speak much about the barriers but with favourites Glencadam Gold and Dunaden drawing wide, the most pivotal part of the race could be in the first 30 seconds.
It promises to be a fantastic Caulfield Cup.
The weather in Melbourne for this bumper meeting is predicted to be fine and the track should improve from an initial rating of dead. By the time the Cup is run, the course is expected to be in the ‘good’ range.
Supporting the Caulfield Cup is nine other races and there are some pretty exciting types going around. The best credentialed runner outside of the Cup is Mosheen, who runs in the Tristarc (1400m, Group Two, mares) at 4.50pm AEDT.
The four-time Group One winner will be looking to record consecutive victories after returning to the winner’s circle at Flemington last time (1410, Group Two, mares). Mosheen is on a path to Derby Day’s Myer Classic (1600m, Group One, mares).
The most interesting entrant all day is rising star Howmuchdoyouloveme who races in the Caulfield Sprint (1100m, Group Two, handicap) at 2.40pm AEDT.
The Con Karakatsanis –trained galloper was the most emphatic victor in July’s Ramornie Handicap (1200m, Listed, handicap) at Grafton since Takeover Target in 2004.
Howmuchdoyouloveme has only suffered defeat once in five starts and like Takeover Target will be looking to announce his arrival as an elite-level performer at his first Spring Carnival.
Takeover Target progressed from the Ramornie to win the Salinger (1200m, Group One, handicap) on Derby Day before taking the world by storm. By the end of his career Takeover Target had claimed Group races in England, Singapore, Japan, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Howmuchdoyouloveme may not turn out to be as good as Takeover Target but he’s shown enough in the early part of his career to indicate a bright future.
In the Norman Robinson (2000m, Group Three, three-year olds) at 12.45pm AEDT leading Victoria Derby (2500m, Group One, three-year olds) chances step out.
Gai Waterhouse trains the favourite Kabayan and she will be hoping for a good start to the day. Later in the afternoon, racing’s first lady will saddle up Caulfield Cup market leader Glencadam Gold.
The day’s other highlights include the Group Three Moonga (1400m, handicap) at 2.00pm AEDT where Emirates Stakes (1600m, Group One, handicap) aspirants step out, while the David Jones Cup (2000m, Group Three, handicap) is a traditional consolation prize for those who weren’t good enough to make the Caulfield Cup field.
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