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The 2015 Caulfield Cup barrier draw has concluded and Japanese stayer Fame Game will jump from the inside of the field after being allocated barrier one.

Rising Romance was one of the big winners of the 2015 Caulfield Cup barrier draw that was held at Caulfield this morning. Photo by: Steve Hart

Rising Romance was one of the big winners of the 2015 Caulfield Cup barrier draw that was held at Caulfield this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

No horse in the last 30 years has won the Caulfield Cup from barrier one, but Fame Game remains on the second line of Caulfield Cup betting markets and he is currently available at a quote of $9.

Rising Romance was luckily allocated barrier two rather than barrier 22 at the Caulfield Cup barrier draw and last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up has been an early firmer from $14 into $12.

The big winner of the barrier draw was Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky, who was allocated barrier six and will be ridden by four-time Caulfield Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver on Saturday.

Snow Sky has flown under the radar since arriving in Australia and he opened at $18 when the 2015 Caulfield Cup field was released this morning, but punters have been quick to embrace the Hardwicke Stakes winner following the barrier draw and he is now into $12.

Mongolian Khan was backed into Caulfield Cup favouritism following his fast-finishing third behind Criterion and Happy Trails in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and he is set to maintain that position after he drew ideally in barrier six.

The Australian Derby winner is set to jump from barrier six once the emergencies are removed and regular jockey Opie Busson will have plenty of options in the early stages of the Group 1 event.

Other winners of the Caulfield Cup barrier draw include Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris (barrier five), Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshall (barrier six), while emergencies Quest For More (barrier eight), Complacent (barrier ten), Dibayani (barrier seven) and Magic Hurricane (barrier four) all received inside draws.

The big loser of the 2015 Caulfield Cup barrier draw was consistent mare Royal Descent, who is set to start from the outside of the field after being allocated barrier 22.

Royal Descent has not raced over 2400 metres since she finished a credible fifth behind Fawkner in the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but she has been in excellent form this preparation and was only narrowly denied by stablemate Preferment in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

Her stablemate Who Shot Thebarman was allocated barrier 21 and he will also start from the outside of the Caulfield Cup field, while Our Ivanhowe (barrier 17), other Japanese stayer Hokko Brave (barrier 19), Queensland Derby winner Magicool (barrier 15), Australian Oaks winner Gust Of Wind (barrier 13), Crown Oaks winner Set Square (barrier 16) and fairytale story Magnapal (18) also had their Caulfield Cup task made tougher after drawing wide.

Mongolian Khan is currently available at 2015 Caulfield Cup odds of $4.80 with Ladbrokes and he remains a clear favourite from Hauraki ($9), Set Square ($9.50), Rising Romance ($12) and Snow Sky ($12).

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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