Placed in all 3 starts since returning for his 4YO term, the flashy grey stallion gets out to the 2000m trip for the first time this campaign. Returning at 1400m in the Winx Stakes, he was three lengths from the winner, the mighty Winx after settling mid-field in the run. Second-up in the G2 Theo Marks at 1300m, he was ridden closer to the speed and after starting favourite chased all the way to be two lengths from the winner Home Of The Brave. With just 53.5kg in the Epsom and jumping from the inside gate, he was buried away in the run and when finding space was finding the line strongly to run Hartnell to a head. There was plenty to like on how he found the line in that track record run. A winner of the Rosehill Guineas at 2000m in the Autumn, that is his only ever attempt at the 2000m and this will be his first time racing the Melbourne way of going. James McDonald will be up and from two previous rides on the entire has recorded a 3rd in the Winx and the Epsom 2nd.
The Godolphin entire will make his first Australian appearance in readiness for a Cox Plate Showdown with Winx. The Godolphin 5YO is the second-highest rated horse ever to come to Australia for a Spring campaign, with the entire a winner of six races, with two of those at the elite level. Starting the year in Dubai, he raced in four events and scored victory in three of those. Winning the 1800m G3 Singspiel Stakes first-up, he then claimed the G2 Al Rashidiya at 1800m. After a narrow 2nd when third-up in the G1 Jebel Hatta, his main aim of the G1 Dubai Turf Classic was realised in dominant fashion when scoring by 3.3 lengths. A three-start European summer prep realised a G1 win in Germany over 2000m with his most recent start at York in the G1 International Stakes. A two-time winner at 2000m, including his G1 win at Munich, the Dubawi entire will be ridden by Pat Cosgrave who will have two rides on the day, both for Godolphin and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, bringing the international X-Factor.
The market in this race looks a wide-open affair with 9 of the 12 runners between $4.20 and $13 in early trading. US import Homesman will be third-up this campaign and comes into the race as a last start G1 winner. Making his Australian debut in the Autumn, he was impressive when stepping out in the Listed Victoria Cup over 2000m. Carrying 56.5kg at the handicap conditions, he was ridden on the pace and was able to land a narrow victory over Almandin. Only having one other start for the prep, he was ridden further back when finishing 2.25 lengths from Harlem in the Australian Cup. Returning for the Spring in the Feehan, Ben Melham had him settled mid-field in the run and was hitting the line strongly to get within a head of the winner. Out to 1800m for the Underwood Stakes he was ridden on the speed for the second time at his 4th Australian start and it proved successful again when holding to score a narrow victory over Tosen Basil. With double figure-odds available and 2 from 2 at Caulfield, there looks value around the gelding.
Held at Group 1 level since 1979, the Caulfield Stakes is conducted under weight-for-age conditions at Caulfield. Run over 2000m it is the first race on the Australian G1 calendar for the season under those conditions, with a total of 7 races held throughout the season under those same conditions, 3 of which are held during the Spring Racing Carnival.
The race has been run over two distances since the race was first held in 1886 when taken out by Isonomy. 1800m and 2000m have been the two distances used with the current 2000m having been the trip of this race since 1968.
In 2017 the race will offer total prizemoney of $1,000,000. Gailo Chop was the winner in 2017 for trainer Darren Weir when ridden by Mark Zahra and other winners include Winx, Criterion, So You Think, Northerly, Rough Habit, Gunsynd and the dual winners Lonhro and Kingston Town.
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|Date:||Saturday 13th October 2018|
|Race Time:||16:35 AEST|
|2017 Winner:||Gailo Chop|
|2018 Caulfield Stakes Odds|