Cranbourne & Caulfield Cup Bonus Is Absolutely A Target

By: Sarah Fortnum
July 15th, 2011

Trainer Mick Kent has targeted the Cranbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup double in the spring for his AJC Oaks winning filly Absolutely in the hopes of claiming the $2 million bonus on offer.

TAB Sportsbet are funding the $2 million payout that will be payable to any horse that can win both races this year.

This figured is double last year’s $1 million bonus.

Despite the fact that Absolutely would only be allowed a six day break between her Cranbourne and Caulfield Cup runs, Price believes the chance of claiming the bonus is hard to pass up.

“It’s a very attractive option,” he said.

“You have a six-day back-up, but a lot of cup horses run off a seven-day back-up.

“The good horses will be in the Caulfield Stakes (Yalumba Stakes) and those trying to qualify will be in the Winning Edge (Herbert Power).”

The rising four-year-old has been back in work for the past five weeks after taking a long spell following her AJC Oaks victory at Randwick.

Kent will plan out Absolutely’s carnival program in the coming week.

“I will sit down and work out her program next week,” Kent said.

“Ideally, I’d like to go into the Caulfield Cup with four runs.

“I would look at the JRA Trophy (Moonee Valley) on Grand Final eve.”

The trainer believes both the Cranbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup will be there for the taking for his Redoute’s Choice filly.

“She’s a bit under the radar,” Kent said.

“Apart from her first start (second in a Cranbourne maiden), she’s run in stakes class every start and the only time she missed a place I thought she was poorly ridden.”

The addition of the $2 million bonus, along with the Cranbourne Cup’s newly increased prize money, means a horse that wins the double will earn a total of $3.73 million for those two races alone.

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