Mongolian Khan produced another impressive staying performance to take out the 2015 Caulfield Cup this afternoon.
It was Set Square that took up the running in the early stages of the Caulfield Cup and along with Maganpal and Royal Descent they ensured that the race would be run at a steady tempo, while Mongolian Khan was settled just behind the leading group.
Jockey Opie Bosson elected to get going early in the Caulfield Cup and he turned the race into a genuine staying test from the 600 metre mark.
Mongolian Khan hit the front at the top of the straight and it was Our Ivanhowe that looked like the main danger at the 300 metre mark, but it was Trip To Paris that stormed home late.
Trip To Paris absolutely stormed home after finding clear running and he finished over the of Our Ivanhowe, but Mongolian Khan was able to tough it out and claim a most impressive Caulfield Cup victory.
Bosson was under a great deal of pressure in the lead-up to the Caulfield Cup, but he produced an absolute peach of a ride and he was clearly thrilled and delighted to have recorded the biggest win of his riding career to date.
“He settled beautifully and relaxed,” Bosson said.
“He didn’t touch the bit and he cruised in to it when I wanted him to.
“2400 he just eats it up.
“A big thanks to Murray and the team back home and I just can’t believe that we have actually won.
“He has taken be to my biggest heights in racing and this is by far my biggest height in race.
“He probably could go again, he just loves staying and look out in the Melbourne Cup.”
Murray Baker set Mongolian Khan for the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup after he took out the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in the autumn and he gave the four-year-old an ideal preparation for the Caulfield Cup.
Baker was delighted with the Caulfield Cup performance of Mongolian Khan, but he warned that the talented stayer could be even better suited in the 2015 Melbourne Cup and may not even reach his peak as a racehorse until next year.
“He rode him a treat, he went for home and made it a staying test and he just kept kicking,” Baker said.
“He has a beautiful relaxed temperament when you ride him and he is a horse that enjoys being a racehorse.
“Fortunately we have had no soundness issues and he has done everything that we have asked of him.
“The plan has been right, he has had a couple of looks at Caulfield like we planned it out last May and fortunately it has worked out.
“We think that he is more of a Melbourne Cup horse, but whether he can run that extra 800 is a question, but I think he can.
“He is a very good 2400 horse and there is not many of them around.
“He hasn’t got the brilliance of some of the others that I have had, but he is a good sticker.
“We feel that he will be best as an autumn four-year-old.
“It feels great, but I would be hear as a spectator, I think that it is great anyway.”
Trip To Paris ridiculed suggestions that he was too dour for the Caulfield Cup to finish a very strong second and looks well on track for the Melbourne Cup, while Our Ivanhowe and Gust Of Wind also produced impressive performances heading towards ‘the race that stops a nation’.
|1||6||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||–||6||55kg||$5F|
|2||7||TRIP TO PARIS (IRE)||Ed Dunlop||Tommy Berry||0.5L||4||55kg||$31|
|3||4||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||1.75L||13||56kg||$26|
|4||16||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Chad Schofield||3.75L||9||51kg||$21|
|5||2||SNOW SKY (GB)||Sir Michael Stoute||Damien Oliver||4.75L||3||58kg||$9|
|6||3||FAME GAME (JPN)||Yoshitada Munakata||Zac Purton||4.85L||1||57kg||$10|
|7||8||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||5.15L||17||54.5kg||$26|
|8||12||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5.25L||10||53kg||$9|
|9||13||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Dwayne Dunn||5.45L||16||53kg||$31|
|10||5||HOKKO BRAVE (JPN)||Yasutoshi Matsunaga||Craig Williams||5.85L||15||55.5kg||$16|
|11||9||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||5.95L||5||53.5kg||$51|
|12||11||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||Craig Newitt||6.7L||7||53.5kg||$31|
|13||14||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||7.2L||2||53kg||$11|
|14||18||MAGNAPAL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||9.45L||14||50kg||$31|
|15||1||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||9.65L||8||58kg||$51|
|16||17||SET SQUARE||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||10.9L||12||51kg||$9|
|17||15||MAGICOOL||Mark Kavanagh||James Winks||14.4L||11||52kg||$151|
|18||10||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||29.4L||18||53.5kg||$16|