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Coongy Cup winner Wolfe has secured the final spot in the eighteen horse field for the 2019 Group 1 $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Wolfe, above in yellow colours, grabs the last spot in the 2019 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Wolfe, above in yellow colours, grabs the last spot in the 2019 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Wolfe gained an exemption from the ballot for the Caulfield Cup by winning the Group 3 $200,000 Ladbrokes Coongy Cup (2000m) at Caulfield earlier today.

Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse was immediately on the search for a lightweight jockey for Wolfe who only has to carry 50kg in the Caulfield Cup and was quick to snap up lightweight Beau Mertens.

“I messaged Gai on Monday before he even got a run saying that if he does get an opportunity and if he was to win today I can ride the weight quite easily and she said she would keep me in mind,” Mertens said from Caulfield on Wednesday.

“Everything worked out today and I put forward the question again and I was lucky enough to get on it.”

The James Cummings trained war horse Hartnell will lead the Caulfield Cup field out with the top weight of 58kg with Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young’s new European import Mirage Dancer the second top weight with 56kg.

The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will have three runners in the Caulfield Cup with the two European imports Rostropovich and Constantinople as well as Qafila and with a bit of luck could have four runners with Neufbosc being named the second emergency.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will also have multiple runners with the well fancied Finche and Brimham Rocks and Kris Lees will saddle up his import Mustajeer as well as tough stayer Big Duke.

New Zealand will be well represented with the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained The Chosen One.

 

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.