Spring Chances: Caulfield Cup & Melbourne Cup Preview

We look at the heavy-hitters set to play some part in the famous Spring double

Caulfield Cup Melbourne Cup

The Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup are two of Spring racing’s centrepieces.

As always there are plenty of local hopes and international raiders vying to take out either, or both, of the Cups, and we’ve taken a look at some of the heavy-hitters.

Kings Will Dream

Darren Weir, Warrnambool
Caulfield Cup: $5
Melbourne Cup: $17
Former French gelding whose autumn consisted of five starts for five wins, including the Listed Mornington Cup. Returned with a fourth in the Group 2 PB Lawrence, followed by third in the Group 1 Memsie.


James Cummings (Godolphin), Sydney
Caulfield Cup: $13
Melbourne Cup: $61
Another former French gelding, now under the care of Godolphin’s Australian stable. Has had two starts in Australia for two wins, including the Group 3 Premiers Cup at Rosehill.

Magic Circle

Ian Williams, Birmingham UK
Melbourne Cup: $15
Seven-year-old British gelding with plenty of good race wins under his belt. Had a great campaign in the British summer, where he won the Chester Cup and the Group 3 Henry II Stakes, which has seen him installed high in the Melbourne Cup market.


Charlie Appleby (Godolphin), Newmarket UK
Melbourne Cup: $21
The five-year-old is probably Godolphin’s best shot at the 2018 Cup. Been in superb 2018 form, with four wins from four starts, including the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer.


Chris Waller, Sydney
Caulfield Cup: $21
Melbourne Cup: $51
Group 1-winning Waller mare who won the Group 2 Chelmsford at Randwick. Will be pointed toward the Epsom Handicap on September 29 before final plans are made for Melbourne.


Roger Charlton, Beckhampton UK
Melbourne Cup: $21
Was an earlier favourite for the Melbourne Cup, though others have firmed beyond it with more recent performances. Lightly raced over the past year, has won the Northumberland Plate (3270m) and Cesarewitch Handicap.

Chestnut Coat

Yoshiti Yahagi, Japan
Caulfield Cup: $34
Melbourne Cup: $26
Gun Japanese stayer. Ran second in the Group 2 Nikkei Sho in March, though later form has been less impressive.

Count Octave

Andrew Balding, Kingsclere UK
Caulfield Cup: $51
Melbourne Cup: $26
Son of Frankel who recently finished second in the 3319m Lonsdale Cup at York. Been thereabouts in some good races but doesn’t seem a winner.

Cross Counter

Charlie Appleby (Godolphin), Newmarket UK
Melbourne Cup: $26
The other big Godolphin hope, and has shown some great recent form – winning the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, and running second in the Group 2 Voltigeur Stakes at York.


Charlie Appleby (Godolphin), Newmarket UK
Caulfield Cup: $26
Melbourne Cup: $101
Lightly raced this year. A strong win in the Listed Newbury in July has him in calculations.


Darren Weir, Warrnambool
Caulfield Cup: $26
Melbourne Cup: $67
Three-time Group 1 winning star who surprised many with victory in the Memsie Stakes. Exact spring path still unclear.


Hughie Morrison, Easy Ilsley UK
Melbourne Cup: $26
Fancied in last year’s Melbourne Cup and took the lead in the straight before being headed. Has had a good year, with Listed and Group wins in England and France, and second in the Prix Kergorlay.


John Gosden, Newmarket UK
Melbourne Cup: $26
Has swept into calculations with a big win in the Ebor Handicap, a traditional pointer to the Melbourne Cup.

Night’s Watch

Darren Weir, Warrnambool
Caulfield Cup: $26
Melbourne Cup: $101
Yet to prove himself at black-type level, but a solid win at Caulfield earlier this month was followed by third in the Group 2 Data at Moonee Valley. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

Tosen Basil

Darren Weir, Warrnambool
Caulfield Cup: $31
Melbourne Cup: $26
Intriguing Japanese import. Some decent showings in some big races in Japan and Hong Kong. Yet to make Aussie debut – bit of a “wait and see” at this point.


Andres Wohler, Germany
Caulfield Cup: $34
Melbourne Cup:  $17
Won the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, followed by two Group 1 placings in the Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup. Purchased by Australian Bioodstock with clear intentions for the spring.

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