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Caulfield Cup

October 17th, 2015 0 comments

I spent a couple of hours looking at the Cup horses in the stalls. There was a lot of interest and media focus on the internationals and especially on the blind part-owner of Trip To Paris, Andy Gemmel, stoically doing interviews. The horse looked supremely relaxed, even when cuddled by the foreman Robin Trevor-Jones! Mongolian Khan looked OK, hand-held, but I always get a bit nervous when I see a stallion chain. It was hard photgraphing horses into the sun in the western stalls. Our Ivanhoe also was hard to see, but was plastered up, which cracks a mention as a rare variable in the new book. The horse was listed as having glue-on shoes, but I couldn’t confirm it in the stall because of the sticking plaster. In the parade ring I think I missed Our Ivanhoe altogether. The first two looked good though. My final six for the cup trifecta were Snow Sky, Mongolian Khan, Trip To Paris, Royal Descent, Rising Romance and Set Square. The Japanese horses were still a bit over-aroused. My outright selection was Rising Romance, simply because she was asleep in her stall!

I lost on the cup, so you might think I had a losing day. But you would be wrong. I was still cheering on The Pumper, booting home Dawnie Perfect at $5.10 for the place!



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