Andrew Eddy August 08, 2012
Red Cadeaux. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
THE past two winners of the Melbourne Cup, Dunaden and Americain, may head the entries for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on October 20 at yesterday's close of nominations, but it might be another horse who features in Melbourne Cup folklore that could lead the international charge this year.
Racing's international recruiting officer, Leigh Jordon, said yesterday that Red Cadeaux, the horse so famously nosed out by Dunaden in the Melbourne Cup's closest-ever finish last year, was likely to target the Caulfield feature on his way to a second Melbourne Cup tilt.
''There is no reason why Dunaden or Americain will not run in the Caulfield Cup, but I know that Red Cadeaux's trainer [Ed Dunlop] is seriously looking at the race for his horse,'' Jordon said. ''He is looking to come out much earlier than last year and run before the Melbourne Cup, and Ed is fully aware it's the richest 2400-metre handicap in the world and that he's got one of the best-performed horses over that trip.''
In all, the Melbourne Racing Club received 222 nominations for this year's Caulfield Cup while the Cox Plate has 18 international entries and a further 137 local nominations, including Atlantic Jewel, Mosheen, More Joyous and champion colt Pierro.
Nominations also closed yesterday for the group 1 Caulfield Guineas where Pierro and Black Caviar's little half-brother All Too Hard are among 237 nominations. A total of 206 fillies were paid up for the group 1 Thousand Guineas.
Bart Cummings, the man who has won the most Caulfield Cups, has nine entries this year but his best chance of winning for an eighth time may be the German-bred, US import Sanagas.
The state's leading trainer, Peter Moody, has 14 Caulfield Cup nominations in his attempt to win the race for the first time, while Lloyd Williams has entered 12 horses, the owner hoping to go one better than last year when Green Moon was second.