Complete 2014 Caulfield Field Barrier Draw

By: Thomas Hackett
October 14th, 2014

Update: Favourite Lucia Valentina has fared fairly in the 2014 Caulfield Cup barrier draw and will jump from barrier ten once the emergencies are removed from the Group 1 event at Caulfield on Saturday.

Japanese stayer Bande was one of the big winners from the barrier draw and should be able to take up the running without much of a problem when he jumps from barrier eight, while the connections of Admire Rakti (barrier eight), Green Moon (barrier six), Lidari (barrier four) and Stipulate (barrier five) were also happy with their Caulfield Cup barrier draws.

Dandino is set to jump from the outside barrier after being allocated barrier 22, while Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer, Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance and Lloyd Williams-owned Sea Moon will also need plenty of lucky after drawing wide gates.

For a rundown on how everybody fared at the 2014 Caulfield Cup barrier draw head to our full results.

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The 2014 Caulfield Cup barrier draw will be conducted at Crown Casino at 5.45 (AEDT) this afternoon and connections of a number of leading chances are sweating on drawing a good gate in the Group 1 event at Caulfield this weekend.

Trainer Chris Waller is hoping that Hawkspur has some luck at the Caulfield Cup barrier draw this afternoon. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Trainer Chris Waller is hoping that Hawkspur has some luck at the Caulfield Cup barrier draw this afternoon. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Lucia Valentina is currently a clear favourite in Caulfield Cup betting markets and her price could be even shorter if she fares well in the barrier draw tonight.

The Savabeel mare drew ideally in barrier five when she recorded an impressive win in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4 and trainer Kris Lees is hoping that his star galloper has the same luck at the Caulfield Cup barrier draw.

“Hopefully, as with the Turnbull, we can get a nice draw,” Lees told Racing And Sports.

“Caulfield Cups are never easy to win and a good barrier is definitely crucial.”

Bande is currently on the second line of Caulfield Cup betting markets, but the Japanese stayer could be a big drifter in betting for the $3 million race if he draws an outside gate due to his front-running style.

Only two horses in the last 15 years have led all the way to win the Caulfield Cup, Might And Power in 1997 and Mummify in 2003, and Bande’s task will be made even more difficult if he draws wide and is forced to do plenty of work in the early stages of the race.

Hawkspur started the 2013 Caulfield Cup as favourite, but he could finish no better than seventh after jockey Jim Cassidy was forced to settle the Purrealist gelding at the tail of the field following an awkward barrier draw.

The performance of Hawkspur in last year’ s Caulfield Cup has led to doubts over whether he can run out a strong 2400 metres in open company, but trainer Chris Waller believes that the 2013 Queensland Derby winner, as well as stablemate Moriarty, deserve another chance in the race and feels both would be aided by an inside barrier draw.

“We went back and watched the replay of last year and both Moriarty and Hawkspur were last turning for home and they both came within about three lengths of the winner,” Waller said

“I think they both deserve another chance.”

Dandino was another horse that was disadvantaged by a wide draw in the 2013 Caulfield Cup and was forced to cover plenty of ground before running home strongly to finish second behind Fawkner.

Managing co-owner Darren Dance is taking a philosophical approach to the 2014 Caulfield Cup barrier draw, but is still hoping that his two runners in the race can draw a gate between four and ten.

“He hasn’t put a foot wrong since he has been here and all his gallops have been good and his action has been terrific,” Dance told Racing Ahead this morning.

“He has done everything right and all we want now is a decent barrier draw and a bit of luck.

“What will be will be, we can’t control that bit and we will just have to wait and see.”

While the majority of connections of runners in the 2014 Caulfield Cup field are hoping for an inside draw, the history of the Group 1 event suggests that horses can overcome a wide gate and win the race.

In 2012 Dunaden drew the very outside barrier, but was still able to storm down the outside of the field and record an impressive victory, while tough Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Descarado (barrier 15 in 2010), Melbourne Cup winner Viewed (barrier 13 in 2009), brave front-runner Mummify (barrier 13), Bart Cummings-trained Let’s Elope (barrier 17 in 1991) and Lord Reims (barrier 18 in 1987) have all been able to win from poor barrier draws.

Barrier nine has been the most successful Caulfield Cup barrier in the past 30 years, but no horse has won from barriers one, eight, 12 or 14 in that timeframe.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0x4240x20x ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda Zac Purton 8 58kg 113
2 21x25x6624 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Craig Williams 22 57kg 110
3 990x427x60 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Chad Schofield 6 57kg 111
4 x00210x8x5 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 21 57kg 108
5 613x133x1x BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi Christophe Lemaire 10 56.5kg 110
6 x63111x596 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 19 56.5kg 110
7 30x10x641x SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti Craig Newitt 1 56kg 109
8 3440×75140 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 55.5kg 110
9 31143×8611 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Douglas Whyte 15 55.5kg (inc. 1.5kg penalty) 110
10 55512×5561 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 7 55kg 107
11 12119×0711 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 16 55kg (inc. 1.5kg penalty) 107
12 x3008x5217 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 13 54.5kg 109
13 x0x623x175 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 5 54kg 104
14 x7190x5442 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody TBA 4 53.5kg 105
15 2x3013x161 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 12 53kg 110
16 312241×472 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan James McDonald 17 53kg 105
17 221210×281 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Corey Brown 20 52kg 100
18 7x128x6710 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens Joao Moreira 3 52kg 101
19e 11×4088213 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody TBA 11 53.5kg 105
20e 4x0313x763 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney TBA 18 53kg 100
21e 8241×83439 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig TBA 14 52kg 98
22e 1x8x47x630 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti TBA 2 52kg 89

 

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