The 2017 Caulfield Cup runs this Saturday at Caulfield and it features a big 17-horse betting field for punters to divulge in.
The $3 million staying event over 2400m has some of the best thoroughbreds from Australia, New Zealand and Europe – making a cracking field to open the Melbourne Cup carnival.
Favouritism is with the international runners, but there’s great value for win, place and each way punters and we’re looking to continue the roll after a successful Everest in Sydney.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Caulfield Cup final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Caulfield Cup
Johannes Vermeer @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Bonneval @ $9 – BET NOW
Single Gaze @ $34 – BET NOW
2018 Caulfield Cup form guide and tips
Humidor ($8) – BET NOW
Former New Zealand gelding Humidor is a class act which has been let go by punters following its Turnbull Stakes run.
The Darren Weir-trained five-year-old finished third behind Winx, but he was expected to run second against a field consisted of stayers.
The whole aim this campaign has been for the Caulfield Cup, so we’re prepared to overlook that effort and the winner of over $2 million has every right to be taken seriously here.
Marmelo ($18) – BET NOW
There has been significant interest for this runner which comes into the Caulfield Cup with winning international form.
Trained by Hughie Morrison, the five-year-old entire won over 3000m in France last start and it could be the underrated international runner in this field.
It’s good to see Hugh Bowman booked for the ride and its odds have been slashed from $26 to $18 in only a couple of days.
It was close to being our best roughie, so include it in first four options.
Johannes Vermeer (Best Bet – $4.20) – BET NOW
Johannes Vermeer put the writing on the wall with its run for second in the Caulfield Stakes.
The five-year-old gives champion trainer Aidan O’Brien one of his best winning chances in recent years and its last three starts have been solid.
The son of Galileo finished seventh in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes behind stablemate Highland Reel, but has since reeled off a win and two placings.
He ran some quick sectionals in the Caulfield Stakes and he maps beautifully for this race from an inside barrier.
Jon Snow ($11) – BET NOW
Tough Kiwi runner which fought on gamely last start in the Caulfield Stakes.
The Baker/Forsman-trained four-year-old sat on a hot speed up front and managed to kick strongly in the straight to finish 2.7 lengths behind Gailo Chop.
That form should be the best form for this race and the ATC Derby winner is likely to see out this distance given his history.
He’s another top chance at long odds and punters could make some good coin betting on the King of the North.
He’s Our Rokki ($126) – BET NOW
The former New Zealand runner hit top form last year with multiple group one wins, but he’s dreadfully out of form coming into this.
His best finish was a fourth fresh up, but he has finished sixth, eighth and eighth in three runs since. That’s not going to cut it and we’re expecting it to finish well down the field.
Sir Isaac Newton ($61) – BET NOW
The son of Galileo hasn’t quite hit the mark since arriving in Australia and that’s unlikely to change on the big stage.
The Robert Hickmott-trained six-year-old has run some solid races in the past, including a seventh in this race last year, but his form since hasn’t been great and his lack of speed will be a problem.
To win a modern Caulfield Cup you need a turn-of-foot, but Sir Isaac Newton would need the field to run along quickly up front if he’s to have any chance of causing an upset.
Ventura Storm ($12) – BET NOW
Ventura Storm has a legitmate chance of winning, following his last start placing behind Winx.
The imported five-year-old for Lindsay Park was a distant second in the Turnbull Stakes, but he still beat Humidor home and a host of other stayers.
His last international win came in October last year where he won over 2400m and he’s yet to run over that distance again – until now.
That bodes well for Saturday’s run and getting in with only 54kg with Damien Oliver in the saddle is a big bonus.
The $12 is likely to shorten on the day.
Wicklow Brave ($41) – BET NOW
The old hurdler is back for another tilt at the Cups after finishing 22nd in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.
The 10-time winner has been a marvel for trainer Willie Mullins, but this might be asking him too much.
He has never won over this distance and he finished 14.2 lengths behind Order of St George in the Irish St Leger last start.
That’s not great form heading into this and he’s more suited to the longer distance of the Melbourne Cup. Punters are better off waiting for that on the first Tuesday of November because a win or placing here would be a big surprise.
Inference ($14) – BET NOW
There was some good early money for Inference following his run for fifth in the Caulfield Stakes last Saturday.
The Hawkes-trained stayer was able to hit the line well behind Gailo Chop and the extra 400m is going to suit him well.
The blinkers get added which will help switch him on early, but he’s a runner which would love some sting out of the track.
His best form came in Sydney in the wet, so if it rains his chances increase significantly.
Single Gaze (Best Roughie – $34) – BET NOW
Many punters have ruled out Single Gaze, but there’s plenty to like at those odds.
The Nick Olive-trained five-year-old might not have the same credentials as some of the internationals, but she ran on well in the Caulfield Stakes and she’s paying much better odds than most of her opposition coming out of the same race.
She finished second in the Brisbane Cup earlier this season and her fifth in the Makybe Diva Stakes behind Humidor was good enough form for this.
She’s ready to run a good race and she’s the best value option.
Bonneval (Best Each Way – $9) – BET NOW
The four-year-old Kiwi mare has been in the headlines this week.
Bonneval was found to be mildly lame, but that has since been revoked and the New Zealand hope is fully fit to go.
She didn’t get every chance in the Caulfield Stakes where she finished sixth as the race wasn’t run to suit and she was left with too much to do.
Co-trainer Murray Baker knows how to win a Caulfield Cup, he did it with Mongolian Khan, so she’s in the right hands and $9 is a crazy price for a dual Oaks winner.
Hardham ($41) – BET NOW
Hardham is an interesting runner because the trainer said he probably wouldn’t tackle the Caulfield Cup following its shock defeat last start.
The promising stayer was beaten by a handicap-graded horse at best last start as the odds-on favourite. That didn’t inspire many punters, but it gets its chance at redemption.
This is a tough ask, but the weight helps and if there was going to be a feel-good story of the Cup, Hardham winning would be it.
Boom Time ($51) – BET NOW
Boom Time probably deserves his place in the field, but he’s a place chance at best.
The Lindsay Park-trained six-year-old battled on well for fourth in the Herbert Power, but we’re not sure that’s the best form guide for this and he’s struggling to win a race.
He’s consistent which is why his odds are $51 and not $151, but it would be a surprise to see him taking this out.
Abbey Marie ($23) – BET NOW
Abbey Marie might be a winner of only three races, but she was finished off well behind Gailo Chop last start and she hasn’t produced a bad performance since April.
The Michael Kent-trained five-year-old ran 12th in the Queen of the Turf in April, but since then she has placed in the Feehan Stakes and run on very well at her last two starts.
Dropping in weight to 51.5kg makes her a dangerous threat to some of these and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her running on stoutly down the outside over the concluding stages.
Harlem ($9.50) – BET NOW
Harlem is an imported runner for Lindsay Park which won the Naturalism by over three lengths before running fifth in the Bart Cummings last start.
Whether that’s the best form for this race, we’re not sure, but he’s another which drops severely in weight and that must help his chances.
The six-year-old won’t have to use much energy from the inside barrier and Chad Schofield has returned from Hong Kong to ride the son of Champs Elysees.
Keep an eye on the betting as the stable loves a big plunge.
Amelie’s Star ($9) – BET NOW
Has been well-supported down in the weights at 51kg and Craig Williams has taken the riding duties.
She scored an impressive win in the Bart Cummings last start and she made good ground during the mid-stages before pulling away late.
Her form prior came in behind the likes of Harlem and Hardham, so it’s tough to make a winning case for her, but the confidence is up and she could be a light weight threat.
Lord Fandango ($20) – BET NOW
Comes into this having won consecutive races and the five-year-old has clearly excelled over the staying distances.
The son of Lord of England has beaten two moderate fields to date which is the concern, but he’s a tough battling type and he’s riding some good momentum.
We would prefer to see him run in something like the Geelong Cup, but he carries only 50kg and that’s worth noting.