Herbert Power Stakes winner Yucatan’s stint at the top of the 2018 Caulfield Cup betting markets was short lived after the Irish stayer was a noted omission when the final field was released today.
The Aidan O’Brien trained Yucatan, carrying the Lloyd Williams blue and white colours, stunned his opposition with a very dominant win in the Group 2 $400,000 Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield last Saturday and was installed as the new favourite for the Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Part owner Nick Williams said that Yucatan would need more than a week to get over his run at Caulfield last Saturday on a firm surface and will now target the Group 1 $7.3m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 6.
“Yesterday morning Aidan and dad (Lloyd Williams) decided that he was a certain runner, but by the time Aidan had slept on it and had a day to think about it, they thought that it was not going to be the best thing for the horse,” Nick Williams told Sky Racing’s Racing HQ.
“I know he was impressive and won easily, but no matter which way you look at it, he had a very tough run on Saturday.”
“The track was very firm by the then and it takes a bit of a toll on the horses and you need to give then a proper period of time to recover.”
“He is not in the Cox Plate and I think he will go straight to the Melbourne Cup.”
The Williams family will still have three runners in the Caulfield Cup with The Cliffsofmoher, The Taj Mahal and Homesman all included in the final field of eighteen plus two emergencies.
Hugh Bowman has secured the ride on the Aidan O’Brien trained The Cliffsofmoher who will carry the Coolmore navy blue colours while The Taj Mahal (James McDonald) and Homesman (Ben Melham) will carry the Williams’ family colours of navy blue with white armbands.
The Saeed Bin Suroor trained Best Solution is the top weight with 57.5kg with Irish jockey Pat Cosgrave in the saddle.
Cosgrave claimed his first Group 1 win on Australian soil when he guided the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Benbatl to victory in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
Damien Oliver will team up with last year’s Victoria Derby winner Ace High who was back in the winner’s stall last start with his victory in the Group 2 $500,000 Yulong Australia Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on September 29.
Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir will saddle up three runners in the 2018 Caulfield Cup, Kings Will Dream (Craig Williams), Gallic Chieftain (Dean Yendall) and Night’s Watch (Ben Allen).
Final field for the 2018 Caulfield Cup (2400m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x3195x111||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrave||57.5kg||–||114|
|2||8x512433x4||THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Hugh Bowman||56.5kg||–||113|
|3||15x211250x||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||55.5kg||–||110|
|4||x68139x437||JON SNOW (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||55.5kg||–||110|
|5||2144x1132x||SOUND CHECK (GER)||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||55.5kg||–||110|
|6||55462×0241||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Damien Oliver||55kg||–||110|
|7||5041x8x791||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||Liam Howley||James McDonald||55kg||–||109|
|8||x3x15x5331||DURETTO (GB)||Andrew Balding||Dwayne Dunn||54.5kg||–||108|
|9||21×1422225||RED VERDON (USA)||Ed Dunlop||Zac Purton||54kg||–||107|
|10||121x05x405||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||54kg||–||104|
|11||437829×794||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||54kg||–||105|
|12||1x780x0069||MIGHTY BOSS||Mick Price||Tim Clark||53.5kg||–||104|
|13||153x16x217||HOMESMAN (USA)||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||53kg||–||110|
|14||11111×4323||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||53kg||–||105|
|15||732x03705x||SOLE IMPACT (JPN)||Hirofumi Toda||Ryusei Sakai (a)||53kg||–||103|
|16||431105×024||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||52.5kg||–||104|
|17||2141×21316||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ben Allen (a)||52kg||1.0kg||105|
|18||311113×632||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||51.5kg||–||107|
|19e||114656×641||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||52kg||2.0kg||104|
|20e||33x1x61812||JAAMEH (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||50kg||–||100|