The Wolf goes into a bit more depth to help the punters get a better grasp of the international runners lining up in the Caulfield Cup. Including relevant video links.
Snow Sky ($11)
Has come into his own as a four and five-year-old for Sir Michael Stoute. Beat Brown Panther three runs back before taking the scalp of Eagle Top in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes, leading from start to finish. That race has been a gold mine for internationals with Dunaden, Red Cadeuax and Dandino all using that race to springboard towards the Cups here. He disappointed in the King George at his latest outing but that was put down to the wet track. Loves dry tracks, has a bit of dash about him, drawn well, Ollie on and has the tactical speed to use his good gate. This looks a more suitable assignment for him than the Melbourne Cup so expect him to be tuned right up. Early in his career he was beating Hartnell quite easily.
Snow Sky beating Hartnell in the Derby Trial Stakes
Fame Game ($11)
One of the best-credentialed imports to hit our shores. This Japanese-based six-year-old ran an outstanding second in the G1 Tenno Sho last start behind the world class stayer Gold Ship. That was a career-best run. Some query over the fact he SP’d at $23. No doubting that he has a CV superior to that of last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Admire Ratki which is worrisome for his rivals here. However, is a genuine two miler and one that likes room so 2400m and barrier 1 are two big negatives. Looks quite well weighted with 57kg with Admire Ratki carrying 58kg last year. Loves firm tracks. He’d be at home if they raced up Epsom Road instead of the Flemington straight.
Fame Game running on into second in the Tenno Sho
Fame Game winning the Copa Republica over 2500m
Hokko Brave ($13)
Not as well credentialed as Fame Game – he ran sixth in the Tenno Sho – but does get a slight weight relief from him. Drawn wide may be an advantage as his connections are adamant that he does his best racing when he has room to win up being a big-striding horse. He might be the second stringer but don’t discount him. Tipping connections will have this race at the very front of their minds as there’d have to be doubt whether they could beat Fame Game over two miles. Perhaps Craig Williams drives forward from the gate and takes it to his rivals? Not dissimilar to how Real Impact won in Sydney. Well suited over 2400m (10:2-3-1). Hasn’t won in two years though.
Hokko Brave finishing sixth in Tenno Sho
Trip To Paris ($26)
Won the Ascot G1 Gold Cup three starts back over 4023m so his staying ability is definitely not in question! What is in question though is whether he is sharp enough to win over 2400m. Ed Dunlop (over Red Cadeuax fame) has said this week that punters shouldn’t underestimate the speed of his charge pointing out that he won over 1400m as a youngster and at 2400m at his latest try over the trip. In his favour is the good draw so won’t have to spring past 20 of them. All that said, Melbourne Cup looks more his go.
Trip To Paris winning the Ascot Gold Cup