UK trio out for a UK treble

By: Chris Bassani
October 15th, 2011
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The United Kingdom go into the 2011 Group 1 $2.5m Caulfield Cup (2400m) with three runners trying to snag a third Cup for the poms.

And if they do so, it again will be with an outsider.

The UK trained gallopers won the 1998 Caulfield Cup with Taufan’s Melody (66-1) shot and the 2008 Caulfield Cup with All The Good (40-1).

Today’s three runner Drunken Sailor ($19), Manighar ($14)  and Saptapadi ($21) are likely to drift in betting a the better known horses are supported by the locals.

Saptapadi (barrier six) is trained by Brian Ellison who is confident of a good run.

“The horse hasn’t had the best of luck with draws,” said Ellison, who saddled Carte Diamond to finish ninth here in the 2005 Caulfield Cup.

“His last two big runs were 22 of 22 in the Ebor and then he come here and got 16 of 16 last week, (eighth in Herbert Power).

“We had to make our mind up about whether to go forward or drop him out.

“He dropped him out and he ran wide all the way.

“He’s come out of it well and he certainly has a chance from that draw – if it was England, he’d be second or third favourite.”

The Luca Cumani trained duo Manighar (Damien Oliver) and Drunken Sailor (Dwayne Dunn) have kept the stable happy in Australia.

Manighar would give Damien Oliver a record-equaling fifth Caulfield Cup while Dwayne Dunn won the 2006 Cup on Tawqeet.

While Francesca Cumani was originally tipping Drunken Sailor (barrier 18) as the best of their chances, the barrier draw has favoured Manighar (5) who finished fifth in last year’s Caulfield Cup.

That experience should hold Manighar in good stead and many believe he is the best of the UK trio.

The stable has given both horses barrier practice knowing the importance of a good jump – a flaw on overseas horses racing in Australia in the past.

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