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Johannes Vermeer the early favourite for Saturday’s Caulfield Cup

Tue, Oct 17, 10:49am by Staff Writer

The 2017 Caulfield Cup takes place annually at Caulfield Racecourse in mid to late October.

It is one of the two major Cups held in Melbourne each Spring Carnival, the other being the world famous Melbourne Cup.

The Caulfield Cup is Australia’s leading mile and a half handicap race, run over a total of 2400m.

The Caulfield Cup is one of the most competitive racing events on the calendar, with competitors needing a combination of endurance and talent to successfully navigate a large field and tricky circuit.

Betting for this year’s Caulfield Cup was shaken up after the weekend’s Caulfield Guineas, with a number of fancied horses turning in limp performances.

Irish stallion Johannes Vermeer, trained by Aidan O’Brien has shot to favouritism in the Caulfield Cup, priced at $6 to win the race on Saturday afternoon.

He has won at Group One level before and impressed in the Caulfield Guineas, finishing second by 0.2 of a length behind Gailo Chop.

After failing to fire in her last start, Bonneval has drifted from clear favourite to $7 at Sportsbet, alongside Admire Deus and Humidor.

Despite pulling up with lacerations and lameness in her near foreleg following Saturday’s Ladbrokes Stakes, she is expected to take her place in the Caulfield Cup.

A poor start where she drifted to last from her outside barrier left the jockey Damian Lane with an enormous amount of work to do and the mare was never a winning chance.

Admire Deus is another international horse and hails from Japan.

He will be looking to follow the success of Admire Rakti, who staged one of the most staggering Caulfield Cup victories in recent years in 2014.

Admire Deus is trained by Darren Weir, and is owned by the same group who tasted success with Admire Rakti.

The 7-year-old stallion has five career victories and a win on Saturday would be his  crowning jewel.

Darren Weir trained Humidor was installed as favourite for the Caulfield Cup when he beat Hartnell to win the Makybe Diva Stakes a month ago.

A recent third placed finish behind Winx in the Turnbull Stakes was this horse’s last start and he has drifted into second favourite at $7.

With markets for the Caulfield Cup generally open all year round, the best time to bet has generally been closer to the race, when the final barrier draw has been confirmed.

Double-digit hopes in betting markets for this race has a strong recent record, with the $41 about 2008 winner All The Good, the standout of the long priced winners recently.

The favourite in the Caulfield Cup betting has saluted three times in the past 10 races, with only two mares winning the race since 2001, the most recent being Jameka in 2016.

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