Wed, Aug 31, 2:15pm by Bren O'Brien
Victoria Derby winner Tarzino tops Caulfield Cup markets after being allotted 54kg for the $3.15 million Group 1 2400m handicap on October 15.
Tarzino is aiming to become the first horse since Elvstroem in 2004 to win the Caulfield Cup after winning the Victorian Derby the previous year and after receiving what must be considered a proper weight for a four-year-old of 54kg, punters still have him top pick at $13.
Sportsbet said about a quarter of the money they hold on the race is on Tarzino, who resumed with a pleasing eighth, beaten around seven lengths, in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m on the weekend.
Last year’s Cox Plate place getter Highland Reel may be considered an outside chance of contesting the Cup, but after receiving equal top weight of 58kg, has been $17 into $15.
Highland Reel, trained by Aidan O’Brien, most recently ran second in the Juddmonte International at York after winning the Group 1 King George VI at Ascot.
The other top weight, Order of St George, has been taken out of markets after owner Lloyd Williams indicted the Ascot Gold Cup winner won’t run at Caulfield and is unlikely to come to Australia this spring. That is significant as Order of St George is currently favourite for the Melbourne Cup.
Williams’ leading Caulfield Cup hope is The United States, who is a $15 shot and will resume in Saturday’s Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley. He was allotted 55.5 kg.
The next line of betting at $17 is dominated by four-year-olds who won classic races last season, with Crown Oaks winner Jameka receiving 51,5kg, Queensland Oaks winner Provocative 50.5kg and ATC Derby winner Tavago 54kg.
Last year’s third placegetter Our Ivanhowe received 56kg, the same weight as he got last year and is $21 along with Bondi Beach, Erupt, Hauraki, Scottish and Sir Isaac Newton
The release of the weights sees just 74 of the 171 entries above the minimum of 50kg. 2014 VRC Derby winner Preferment and 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance are the possible top weights should Highland Reel not run after both receiving 56.5kg.
The weights for the Caulfield Cup are significant because they generally mirror what horses will be allotted in the Melbourne Cup, with weights for that race to be released on September 13.
Caulfield Cup markets following weights (Sportsbet)
$13 – Tarzino
$15 – Highland Reel
$15 – The United States
$17 – Jameka
$17 – Provocative
$17 – Tavago
$21 – Bondi Beach
$21 – Erupt
$21 – Hauraki
$21 – Our Ivanhowe
$21 – Scottish
$21 – Sir Isaac Newton
$26 – Exosphere
$26 – Manatee
$26 – Nordic Flight
$26 – Pilot D’essai
$26 – Preferment
$26 – Set Square
$26 – Shamkiyr
$26 – Signoff
$26 – Sofia Rosa
$26 – Sword Fighter
$26 – The Major General
$26 – Tom Melbourne
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