Tough Japanese stayer Fame Game’s best form is over further than 2400m but he is still high in contention in Caulfield Cup betting for Saturday’s $3m Spring Carnival feature.
When the final field for the Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) was released on Tuesday, Fame Game was listed as a $10 chance and his price has hovered around that mark for the remainder of the week.
Hong Kong based Australian jockey Zac Purton still considered Fame Game a winning chance on Saturday, but only if there is plenty of pace on up front and he can gain a trouble free run at the crucial stages.
“Unless they go at a ridiculous pace I can’t see him getting that warm,” Purton said.
“I think he will run a good race, but it depends on the tempo of the race.
“His style is to get back and we are going to need them to go hard.
“He is going to need a lot of things to fall into place.
“He is a really good horse and he may have the ability to win the Caulfield Cup and if the race is run to suit he is still going to get his chance.”
Fame Game has come up with the inside gate and no doubt Purton will be tucked in on the fence near the tail of the field for the majority of the race.
A strong run into the race at the finish will all go well towards Fame’s Game chances heading towards the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 3.
Fame Game had solid form back home in Japan and was a winner over 3400m two starts back in the Group 3 US693,000 Diamond Stakes at Tokyo on February 21 and will be having is first run since finishing second to Gold Ship in the Group 1 US$2.5m Tenno Sho Spring (3200m) at Kyoto on May 3.
If Fame Game is your Caulfield Cup pick, you can get over the odds by taking advantage of Ladbrokes Caulfield Cup Day Special Offer of Best Tote or SP + 20% on every race at Caulfield this Saturday up to a maximum bet of $50.
Fame Game shares the third line of betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at $10 with last year’s runner up Rising Romance and Crown Oaks winner Set Square.
Kiwi four year old Mongolian Khan heads the Caulfield Cup market order at $4.80 ahead of English stayer Snow Sky and the John O’Shea trained Hauraki both at $9.
Caulfield Cup market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.80 Mongolian Khan, $9 Hauraki, Snow Sky, $10 Fame Game, Set Square, Rising Romance, $13 Complacent, $15 Hokko Brave, $17 Gust Of Wind, $21 Magic Hurricane, Royal Descent, $26 Volkstok’N’Barrell, Our Ivanhowe, Trip To Paris, $31 Who Shot Thebarman, Lucia Valentina, $51 Grand Marshall, Protectionist, Dibayani, Magnapal, Quest For More, $126 Magicool.