Caulfield Cup 2017 preview

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    The 2017 edition of the Caulfield Cup will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 4:30pm (AEDT) at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

    The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 HCP held over a distance of 2400 metres and features $3 million in total prize money, making it the richest of its type in the world. The 2016 competition was won by Jameka.

    It is part of the lead-up to the much anticipated Melbourne Cup, which will be held on Tuesday, November 7 this year.

    Here are just a few names to watch as the race date approaches.

    Bonneval
    Career stats: 11: 7-0-1

    Bonneval has long been regarded as the horse to beat, with a number of excellent races under her belt. Now, there is a bit of concern as the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) saw her suffer injuries, finishing sixth and pulling up lame after the race.

    However, trainer Murray Baker confirmed that Bonneval was cleared by the vet and should be ready to run on Saturday. She is still rated highly, but her health is worth keeping an eye on going forward.

    Price: $7

    Amelie’s Star
    Career stats: 17: 6-2-2

    Amelie’s Star is likely the best Australian chance in the Caulfield Cup. She has performed well the last two times out, including a first-place finish at the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) on October 7.

    Price: $7.50

    Humidor
    Career stats: 19: 6-6-2

    Humidor is a top prospect and is very capable of winning if he does everything right. However, he is inconsistent. This is exemplified in recent performances. He did excellently in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 16 but didn’t run straight in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 7.

    Price: $6.50

    Inference
    Career stats: 15: 4-2-2

    He has been running well, with good performances at the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on October 1 and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 14.

    Weather could make a big difference for him, as Inference has struggled on dry tracks.

    Price: $15

    Jon Snow
    Career stats: 16: 4-1-5

    Trainer Murray Baker feels that Bonneval’s stablemate Jon Snow is a dangerous horse heading into Saturday.

    “I know Bonneval is much shorter in the market, but they both rate about equal to me, I really couldn’t pick between them,” he said.

    Weather should also factor into Jon Snow’s performance, as he runs better on a wet track.

    Price: $15

    Johannes Vermeer
    Career stats: 13: 4-3-2

    An Irish horse, he recently emerged as a contender after an excellent performance at Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 14.

    He has plenty of upside and should not be underrated.

    Price: $6.50