10/17/2012 4:56PM

Australia: Caulfield Cup headed by Glencadam Gold


Americain and Dunaden, two past winners of the Melbourne Cup, are part of the field for Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup in Caulfield, Australia, but are considered outsiders in an 18-horse field led by the English import Glencadam Gold.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Glencadam Gold won his Australian debut in the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on Oct. 6. In his last start in England, Glencadam Gold, a 4-year-old Irish-bred gelding by Refuse to Bend, won the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup in September.

Glencadam Gold was not helped by the post position draw for the Caulfield Cup, landing post 17. As a result, he drifted from 5-2 to 3-1 in future-book betting.

The Caufield Cup has drawn a strong field befitting its purse of approximately $2.5 million. The 5-year-old mare Southern Speed is the defending champion, but has only 1 win in 9 starts this year.

Americain won the 2010 Melbourne Cup, but was fourth in last year’s race to Dunaden.

Americain, a 7-year-old trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, was sixth in the Group 2 Prix Kergolay at Deauville, France, in his last start in August.

Dunaden, a 6-year-old trained by Mikel Delzangles, has not raced since finishing sixth in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

The race has an ex-American runner in Sanagas, who won the Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup for Graham Motion in 2011. Sanagas was sent to Australia earlier this year, but is winless in three starts there since the first of September.

Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Glencadam Gold was bought for $500,000 Australian Dollars right after he won the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup in September by an Australian horse owner who wants to win the Melbourne Cup, but couldn't find any horse for sale in Australia. He looked to Europe and found Glencadam Gold in the price range he could afford and the rest is history--he has a horse for his beloved Melbourne Cup in November.