Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Lord Fandango raced into the Caulfield Cup last weekend after winning the Herbert Power

Archie Alexander has worked for some of the biggest stables in the world honing his craft in his pursuit to become a leading trainer in his own right.

Stints with Criquette Head-Maarek in France, Todd Pletcher in America and Aidan O’Brien in Ireland among others, gave Englishman Alexander the grounding for his own training career which could hit new heights on Saturday at Caulfield.

Imported stayer Lord Fandango’s win in last Saturday’s Group Two Herbert Power Stakes brought the $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) into focus.

It will be Alexander’s second Caulfield Cup runner in just over three years of training at Ballarat but he says the feeling is completely different this time around.

Renew started $201 and finished 16th in 2014 after being transferred to Alexander that week.

The up-and-coming Lord Fandango is at $19 to give Alexander a first Group One win after recent victories in the Benalla Cup and Herbert Power.

“Renew I’d had for six days, this guy I’ve had for 10 months,” Alexander said.

“He’s part of the team and I think he’s in great shape.

“We thought he was more of a horse for next year but this preparation I’ve planned every start and we’ve really thought about where we’re going with him.

“And I still think he’ll be better next year.”

Alexander has liked Lord Fandango since he arrived in his stable but admits the stayer has surprised him.

“When he won a Benalla Cup no-one thought he would win a Herbert Power,” Alexander said.

“He’s won a Herbert Power and no-one thinks he’ll win a Caulfield Cup. But you never know.”

Two of Alexander’s former bosses will be opponents in Saturday’s race including champion Irish trainer O’Brien in whose stable 31-year-old Alexander worked for for just over a year in his mid-20s.

He also worked for prominent owner Lloyd Williams who part-owns Cup runners Johannes Vermeer and Sir Isaac Newton.

O’Brien will equal the late Bobby Frankel’s world record for Group One wins in a calendar year if favourite Johannes Vermeer wins.

“I never thought I’d have a runner against him in a Group One in a short time,” Alexander said.

“But here we are. He’ll be tough to beat.”

And while Alexander might have only been training for just over three years, his journey to having a Caulfield Cup chance has been a long time in the making.

“It’s a bit annoying when someone says ‘oh, he’s only trained for three years’,” he said.

“I’ve been working for 13 or 14 years with the best people for today. It’s not like three years ago I just learned about horses.

“In the record book, yeah I’ve trained for three years. But I’ve been doing a lot of good years with big people for this day.”

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

3/11/2020 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Flemington, Melbourne Cup day

The Flemington Carnival continues on Tuesday, highlighted of course by the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup (3200m)....

Melbourne Cup Field – 2020

View the final field and barriers for the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 3rd...

Golden Eagle results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 The Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle was raced at Rosehill racecourse on...

Victoria Derby results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Victoria Derby. The Victoria Derby was raced at Flemington racecourse on 31/10/2020....

Lexus Hotham Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes. The Lexus Hotham Stakes was raced at Flemington racecourse...

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup always approaches fast, with the 2020 edition commencing at 3pm, Tuesday 3rd November. The race that stops...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or