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The Caulfield Cup is one of the great 2400m handicaps in world racing and is part of the Australian racing ‘Grand Slam’ alongside the Golden Slipper, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. And with that prestige, the international contingent gets stronger and stronger each year.

Here at Justhorseracing, we’ve put together a preview of the confirmed runners set to take their place in the Caulfield Cup 2018.

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Admire Robson

Breeding: Deep Impact x Admire Marine
Trainer: Darren Weir
Nationality: Japanese/Australian
Career Stats: 9: 4-3-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1800m/2400m
Career Best Win: Tajima Stakes, March 18 2018, Hanshin, Firm Surface
Dry Track Stats: 7: 4-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 2: 0-2-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup
Short Summary: Lightly raced Japanese import with the Weir polish…an ideal recipe.

Tajima Stakes (2000m), March 18 2018, Hanshin, Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Unfortunately no replay is available for the race, so not much of a guide I’m afraid but the time he ran of just over two minutes flat for the 2000m is seriously quick time, much quicker than what we see here in Australia and he was coming back in trip from the 2400m resumption on a pretty testing soft track.

Listed Metropolitan Stakes (2400m), May 5 2018, Tokyo, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Again, no replay of the race unfortunately but what I can say is that he ran fourth to Best Approach, who is a Group ll winner and did contest both the Japanese Derby and St Leger, both high quality races, so running fourth behind him is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Final Summary: Unable to see replays of the horse, so in that regard, can’t really get a guide, but on form, he looks a really progressive type with a stack of upside to come and we know the record Darren Weir has with these imports. Early noise out of Werribee since he has come over has all been positive and he’s got to be respected.

Best Solution

Breeding: Kodiac x Al Andalyya
Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor
Nationality: British
Career Stats: 19: 6-2-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1200m/2400m
Career Best Win: Arqana Racing Club Stakes, July 12 2018, Newmarket, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 17: 5-1-2
Wet Track Stats: 2: 1-1-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup
Short Summary: 2400m specialist and stable knows what it takes to win the race.

Group l Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m), March 31 2018, Meydan, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Hawkbill really made this a sit/sprint affair, which Best Solution probably wasn’t suited at. He’s a horse that needs to get rolling, clear air so he can build momentum, something that couldn’t eventuate here, but the form out of this has clearly been franked via Poet’s Word, so in terms of the Caulfield Cup, a big tick.

Group ll Arqana Racing Club Stakes (2400m), July 12 2018, Newmarket, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This was a really tough win by Best Solution. Mirage Dancer was there to beat him several times over the last 400m but on the line, Best Solution was holding and drawing clear late. Mirage Dancer is high up in betting for the Melbourne Cup so again, a big tick for Best Solution here in terms of the 2400m.

Final Summary: He’s very likeable given his 2400m record against some proper horse flesh. The stable won the race in 2008 with All The Good but I think Best Solution is a much better horse compared to him so drawing a line through that. I’d have him as a serious winning threat, and a wet track would be no issue.

Chestnut Coat

Breeding: Heart’s Cry x White Veil
Trainer: Yoshiti Yahagi
Nationality: Japanese
Career Stats: 17: 4-5-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1800m/2400m
Career Best Win: Soshun Stakes, January 28 2018, Tokyo, Firm Surface
Dry Track Stats: 16: 4-5-1
Wet Track Stats: 1: 0-0-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: Fifth in a Tenno Sho…that’s good enough to be ultra competitive in the Cups.

Group l Tenno Sho Spring (3200m), April 29 2018, Kyoto, Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Gee his run was mighty in defeat. Had to make a long sustained run from around the 1000m mark and was still there on the line, beaten under two lengths by four runners who had a softer run in transit. This is world class form and a proven formula for Japanese runners when coming to Australia for the Cups.

Group ll Meguro Kinen (2500m), May 27 2018, Tokyo, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

This was a really tough win by Best Solution. Mirage Dancer was there to beat him several times over the last 400m but on the line, Best Solution was holding and drawing clear late. Mirage Dancer is high up in betting for the Melbourne Cup so again, a big tick for Best Solution here in terms of the 2400m.

I’d be willing to put a line through the run. They didn’t appear to go at a brutal speed in front which really set it up for those near the rail or on the pace, which Chestnut Coat wasn’t out wide with the white face and blue jacket. He stuck on well enough but really had no chance of winning given the tempo of the race.

Final Summary: I think if he was to run in both, he’d go very well in each. My leaning would be the Melbourne Cup though based on the Tenno Sho effort. He’ll love the 3200m Flemington has to offer, but he’s certainly capable of figuring in the Caulfield Cup. Wet track would be the only question mark with him.

Emotionless

Breeding: Shamardal x Unbridled Elaine
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Nationality: British
Career Stats: 10: 3-2-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2000m
Career Best Win: Champagne Stakes, September 12 2015, Doncaster, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 9: 3-2-1
Wet Track Stats: 1: 0-0-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup
Short Summary: In the right stable and has enormous upside to figure in the finish.

Group lll Singspiel Stakes (1800m), January 11 2018, Meydan, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Fast Surface

This was his first run just under a year and gee I thought he ran a beauty in defeat behind Benbatl, who we know is coming to Australia for the Cox Plate. Had the suck run on the fence before James Doyle popped him into clear air and loomed for a brief period to beat Benbatl but that horse just proved too classy.

Bet365 Stakes (2000m), July 21 2018, Newbury, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Bounce back to his best here with a dominant on speed and look at the way Buick eased him up on the line. He had a bit more to give and the margin certainly flattered his rivals. Time was nothing flash but the manner in which he won was quite impressively and understandably the Caulfield Cup was mentioned soon after the race.

Final Summary: This horse ran once over 2400m, which was in March 2017 at Meydan when placing behind Prize Money, with the second horse being a world class horse in Postponed, so that form reads so well for a race like the Caulfield Cup, and we know the record Appleby has with horses when bringing them to Australia.

Sole Impact

Breeding: Deep Impact x Cream Only
Trainer: Hirofumi Toda
Nationality: Japanese
Career Stats: 37: 4-5-12
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/2400m
Career Best Win: Handicap, June 18 2017, Tokyo, Firm Surface
Dry Track Stats: 35: 4-5-12
Wet Track Stats: 2: 0-0-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: If anyone deserves a win at Flemington it’s Ed Dunlop…is this the horse? I wouldn’t say no.

Group l Tenno Sho Spring (3200m), April 29 2018, Kyoto, Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

To be fair he was outclassed here. This race was run a pretty hot tempo where he was near the speed and really by the time he reached the home turn, he had enough and just plodded on to run 13th, beaten many lengths, but as said with Chestnut Coat, this was a world class race with a stack of depth.

Group ll Meguro Kinen (2500m), May 27 2018, Tokyo, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Much, much better run from him here. For the most part in the straight, he didn’t really want to run straight but once he eventually peeled out, his last 100m was really good in what did look quite a strong race, which included fellow Cup aspirant Chestnut Coat along with well known stayer Fame Game.

Final Summary: I believe he’s being set for both Cups, but if he was to win one, I’d say the Caulfield Cup is his best chance. Yes, he ran third to Fame Game in the Diamond Stakes earlier in the year, but I feel his best trip is 2400m. Ryusei Sakai has already been booked to ride in the Caulfield Cup. An outside winning chance in both, with a preference towards the Caulfield Cup.

Tosen Basil

Breeding: Harbinger x Careless Whisper
Trainer: Darren Weir
Nationality: Japanese/Australian
Career Stats: 20: 5-3-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1800m/2400m
Career Best Win: Handicap, October 10 2016, Tokyo, Firm Surface
Dry Track Stats: 20: 5-3-3
Wet Track Stats: 0: 0-0-0
Target Race(s): Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup
Short Summary: In terms of the Japanese runners, he’s equal number one seed.

Group ll Nikkei Sho (2500m), March 24 2018, Nakayama, Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

He runs fifth in the race, the horse in the green jacket with blue diamonds and blue sleeves. Running second in the race was Chestnut Coat, who of course is being set for an Australian prep. Tosen Basil had to a fair bit of chasing and by the time he reached the 150m, he was gassed and had enough due to the hard tempo. Did start $3.50 so punters were keen on him.

Group l Tenno Sho Spring (3200m), April 29 2018, Kyoto, Clockwise Direction, Firm Surface

Brave effort in defeat. Like the Nikkei Sho, they went at a very fast tempo and he tried hard but like last time, the last 200m he was left gassed and just whacked away but was gallant in running sixth, with Chestnut Coat in fifth. As stated with that horse, this is world class form and has to be seriously respected.

Final Summary: He doesn’t have the upside of Chestnut Coat IMO but what he does have is the runs on the board, most notably a placing in the Hong Kong Vase behind Highland Reel, one of the better globe trotters this century. He’ll be a threat in the Cups…good enough to win? Just not sure he’s got the turn of foot.

 
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