Caulfield Cup Preview

Caulfield Cup Preview By guest reviewer Todd Burmester I’m labeling this the strangest Caulfield Cup of recent times. I say that for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it seems every day in the lead up to the race there has been horses falling by the way side due to injury and what not, and secondly we see highest level of international representation in the race ever. Is that a sign of things to come? It could well be, as Australian racing largely continues to be based around sprinter-milers and getting horses up and on the track and winning at two and three years of age. Looking at The Caulfield Cup, December Draw will start one of the shortest priced favourites in a long time. Hopefully the “Maldivian” hoodoo doesn’t strike twice for Mark Kavanagh. It is obviously hard to fault the form of a horse such as December Draw who has basically done nothing but win in Australia however I’m prepared to risk him at the odds in such a large field and also away from Flemington with which he does seem to have an affinity. Finding the winner however, that’s not going to be an easy task. Green Moon ran home very well two starts back and the won strongly in the Newcastle Cup. You would think he is certain to run out the mile and a half and goes in as my top selection. Mighty High was only fair last start, but now being third up, should be hitting peak fitness and has a chance. Of the Australian horses, Chris Waller brings Hawk Island to the race and any rain would increase his chances but he seems to always run an honest race regardless. It was good to see Shootoff find some form last start behind My Kingdom Of Fife so I will also throw him in with a chance. One thing is for certain, this is not going to be an easy race to assess but the way I will probably go is to back the runners I have mentioned to beat December Draw and hope for the best!