Ever confident trainer Gai Waterhouse is looking for a winning result from Wolfe after the Japanese bred stayer drew barrier five in the Group 1 $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
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 to grab the last spot in the eighteen horse Caulfield Cup field.
Lightweight jockey Beau Mertens was quick to snap up the Caulfield Cup ride on Wolfe who has been marked as a $26 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au.
“Wolfe has a lightweight and that is very important in these big handicaps,” Waterhouse said.
“He is racing in great form and every time he has run in Melbourne he has just kept improving and he can relax in the race.”
“The blinkers were on today because he was coming back in distance but they are now in the dust bin.”
“Beau Metrens was very quickly on the phone and said ‘I can ride that weight”.
The Chris Waller trained Finche remains the Caulfield Cup favourite at $6 with Ladbrokes.com.au despite drawing barrier nineteen in the original draw but could jump from fifteen in the final field of eighteen if all four emergencies fail to gain a start.
Waller will also saddle up Brimham Rocks who also drew a wide gate at twenty.
The James Cummings trained war horse Hartnell drew barrier seventeen in the original draw and 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 (barrier 13) 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 (barrier 18) and Constantinople (barrier 7) as well as Qafila (barrier 6) and with a bit of luck could have four runners with Neufbosc (barrier 3) being named the second emergency.
Kris Lees will saddle up his import Mustajeer (barrier 16) as well as tough stayer Big Duke (barrier 1).
New Zealand will be well represented with the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained The Chosen One who will jump from the outside gate in the final eighteen horse field with Stephen Baster in the saddle.
Final field and barrier draw for 2019 Caulfield Cup (2400m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3233×34443||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||17||58kg||114|
|2||12x0x1322x||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||13||56kg||110|
|3||x211x11x1x||MER DE GLACE (JPN)||Hisashi Shimizu||Damian Lane||21||55.5kg||109|
|4||44x1x72351||MUSTAJEER (GB)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||16||55.5kg||109|
|5||2251557×79||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||18||55.5kg||109|
|6||5x1x34x512||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||19||54.5kg||108|
|7||546884x12x||GOLD MOUNT (GB)||Ian Williams||Mark Du Plessis||4||54.5kg||107|
|8||2500×15610||RED VERDON (USA)||Ed Dunlop||Patrick Cosgrave||15||54.5kg||107|
|9||x16511x658||ANGEL OF TRUTH||Gwenda Markwell||Dean Yendall||14||54kg||106|
|10||2008326×75||BIG DUKE (IRE)||Kris Lees||Brett Prebble||1||54kg||103|
|11||531×21222||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||7||53kg||109|
|12||x112131x30||MR QUICKIE||Phillip Stokes||John Allen||10||53kg||108|
|13||318919×603||CROWN PROSECUTOR||Stephen Marsh||Craig Grylls||2||52.5kg||104|
|14||11x36621x4||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||9||52.5kg||102|
|15||87400×0919||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||20||52kg||103|
|16||470141×591||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Stephen Baster||22||52kg||103|
|17||14941×2058||QAFILA||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||6||51.5kg||102|
|18||x211x18531||WOLFE (JPN)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens||5||50kg||100|
|19e||x00x048x07||SOUND (GER)||Michael Moroney||James Winks||8||54kg||105|
|20e||12x30x8070||NEUFBOSC (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jye McNeil||3||54kg||104|
|21e||2x111x1276||TRUE SELF (IRE)||William Mullins||Declan Bates||12||52kg||106|
|22e||38x49x5832||PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Jamie Kah||11||53.5kg||105|