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Caulfield Cup Day Review

A STRANGE Caulfield Cup was taken out by the ride of the race, on a day where the futures betting for the Melbourne Cup week carnival took further shape.

Here’s our take on the highlights from Caulfield Cup day, with the main event taken out by Best Solution.

STUNNING RIDE SECURES CUP

A brilliant ride from Irish jockey Pat Cosgrave secured Group 1 Caulfield Cup victory for Saeed Bin Suroor and Godolphin’s BEST SOLUTION.

After missing the start from a wide barrier, Best Solution circled the field at the first turn to settle in a one-out, one-back position. With 600m to go The Taj Mahal was set alight around the field and Cosgrave went with him, sending Best Solution a length clear at the top of the straight. From there he held off the closing Homesman and The Cliffsofmoher to secure victory.

The result saw Best Solution rise to second favouritism for the Melbourne Cup at $9.00, behind Yucatan at $7.00. Godolphin’s Avilius, set to contest Saturday’s Cox Plate, sits on the third line of Cup betting at $11.00.

OAKS, DERBY FAVOURITES SIZZLE

Impressive performances in the Ethereal Stakes and Caulfield Classic ensured solidified favouritism for two key chances in the Oaks and Derby at Flemington.

Darren Weir’s VERRY ELLEEGANT powered home to win the Ethereal after settling in a tricky position on the rail in running. Already the Oaks favourite before the event, she was trimmed up to $2.50 in all-in betting for the November 8 race.

Shortly after it was THINKIN’ BIG who produced a dominant all-the-way win in the Caulfield Classic. Jockey Tim Clark controlled the tempo in front and gave nothing else a chance, securing $3.00 favouritism for the Derby with a three-length win. Extra Brut was a touch disappointing and eased slightly to $6.00 for his Spring grand final.

DEAD HEAT

The judge failed to split even money punters’ pick Best Of Days and Mask Of Time in the Goongy Cup, but the drama didn’t end there.

Mask Of Time led throughout under Kerrin McEvoy, before James McDonald pulled the favourite off his back in the surge to the line. They hit it together but the drama didn’t stop there, McEvoy firing in a protest alleging interference at the 50m. There would be no changing the result, punters on both horses enjoying a collect.

REDEMPTION

There was redemption on Saturday for two horse and jockey combination who left punters flat-footed in recent weeks.

First cab off the rank was RANIER, the maiden Godolphin colt who was a moral liked at Flemington a fortnight ago. Hugh Bowman ensured there would be no repeat, positioning his mount in the three-wide line as a riderless horse pestered the leaders. He was too strong to the line, scoring as a $2.60 favourite.

In the last on the card it was Linda Meech’s turn aboard SIRCCONI, the speedy gelding who found himself bottled up on the rail at Caulfield a week ago. There would be no repeat here, Meech getting on her bike early and setting sail for him at the top of the straight. It proved a winning move, rounding out Caulfield Cup day at The Heath.

FOLLOW

The performance of two horses caught our eyes on Saturday.
Caulfield Cup second favourite YOUNGSTAR was trapped at the back of a muddling tempo throughout, taking her well out of contention by the time she could get motoring. She ran home impressively into seventh taking considerable ground off those in front of her and can be followed with some interest towards the Melbourne Cup. She is currently a $17.00 chance.

A potential star in DIPLOMATICO took out the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. The $1.7 million Hawkes-trained colt was pushed four-wide turning for home in the Sydney slop but powered to the line under Koby Jennings to score. It was his second win from three starts – he will be a live chance wherever he bobs up next.

WHAT’S NEXT

Will history be made? Wonder mare Winx will attempt to win a fourth straight Cox Plate at Moonee Valley next Saturday, but she’ll have to hold out some stiff competition to do it. Godolphin’s Benbatl looks the most likely challenger, sitting at $9.00 second favouritism all-in.

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