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The Melbourne Spring Carnival of 2021 will be unique for many reasons, but one thing that will remain constant is an overseas invasion of the Melbourne Spring and there will likely be several runners taking their place in the Caulfield Cup on October 17.

Here at Justhorseracing, weโ€™ve put together a preview of key runners from overseas for the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

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Dawn Patrol

Breeding: Galileo x Gwynn
Trainer: Rob Hickmott
Career Stats: 10: 2-2-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2012m/3219m
Career Best Win: Loughbrown Stakes, September 27 2020, Curragh, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 6: 1-2-2
Wet Track Stats: 4: 1-0-0
Short Summary: Overall, his form sees him as one of the key hopes.

Loughbrown Stakes (3219m), September 27 2020, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

The ride from Heffernan got the win for sure. Tucked in behind the speed, he was able to slice his way through the field and gee he was strong late in winning over the two miles in an impressive display after a game St Leger effort at Doncaster.

Long Distance Cup (3209m), October 17 2020, Ascot, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

I didn’t think he disgraced himself at all here in a quality staying contest won by Trueshan, who is one of the better stayers in the UK and was dominant here, as he has been on a number of occasions over the last 12 months. Dawn Patrol didn’t throw in the towel and stayed on to run sixth.

Feehan Stakes (1600m), September 4 2021, Moonee Valley, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

I thought this was a definite pass mark. The tempo was a crawl, he was back on the tight track…just an ugly set up, but his finale was more than sound in a race where the form out of it has been strong despite the race itself rating poorly, with Sierra Sue, Nonconformist and Superstorm running well post this.

Final Summary: He is high up in the markets for the Cups and can understand to an extent why given the colours, the form and his profile, which is not too dissimilar to recent Cup winners and those who have performed very well from overseas. He’s got to be respected big time.

Pondus

Breeding: Sea The Moon x Diablerette
Trainer: Rob Hickmott
Career Stats: 17: 3-7-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2002m/2389m
Career Best Win: Lenebane Stakes, July 7 2020, Rosscommon, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 9: 1-4-1
Wet Track Stats: 8: 2-3-0
Short Summary: I think he’s not far off top seed for Team Williams.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) November 7 2020, Flemington, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Just beaten by a Bowman gem aboard True Self. Pondus did get a bit keen in the run and I reckon that took something away from his finale. And also in hindsight, this race was more an afterthought given he missed out on a Melbourne Cup berth. Still, a run full of merit.

Curragh Cup (2816m), June 27 2021, Curragh, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Definite pass mark in his first run for 2021. It was essentially a barrier trial for him. Got back off the speed, let the leader/winner do as it pleased in front and was miles too good. Pondis did a good job to get as close as he did.

Final Summary: He’s had the prep/experience in Australia and thrived. Admittedly just two runs of evidence, but he took that back home and ran well again. Now with Hickmott, we’ve seen him produce the goods recently with these former Team Williams Irish gallopers ie Hosier, so I’m giving enormous respect to Pondus.

 

 

 
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