2015 Caulfield Cup Review: What the jockeys said, review of each horse’s run, sectional times & stewards post race report.

By Mitch Fenton

 

Mongolian Khan ($5 fav), ridden by Opie Bosson, defeated the Ed Dunlop-trained Trip to Paris ($31) by 0.5L with Lee and Anthony Freedman’s Our Ivanhowe ($26) 1.25 lengths away in third.

 

200m WP 2000m 1800m 1600m 1400m 1200m 1000m 800m 600m 400m 200m FINISH
MONGOLIAN KHAN

2:19.00 (7)

2:07.58 (6) — (6) 1:50.11 (7) 1:37.58 (7) 1:25.04 (7) 1:12.19 (7) 59.35 (7) 46.93 (7) 35.07 (4) 23.48 (1) 11.98 (1) 2:27.76 (1)
TRIP TO PARIS

2:18.83 (12)

2:07.05 (11) — (11) 1:49.55 (11) 1:37.21 (10) 1:24.66 (10) 1:11.77 (10) 58.96 (10) 46.65 (11) 34.72 (13) 23.03 (12) 11.62 (3) 2:27.81 (2)
OUR IVANHOE

2:19.23 (9)

2:07.71 (8) — (8) 1:50.11 (9) 1:37.60 (9) 1:25.07 (9) 1:12.22 (9) 59.39 (9) 47.05 (9) 35.25 (7) 23.75 (3) 12.13 (2) 2:28.05 (3)
GUST OF WIND

2:19.61 (5)

2:08.35 (4) — (4) 1:50.98 (5) 1:38.42 (5) 1:25.90 (5) 1:13.05 (5) 1:00.10 (5) 47.65 (5) 35.55 (6) 23.88 (5) 12.07 (4) 2:28.34 (4)
SNOW SKY

2:19.80 (4)

2:08.44 (5) — (5) 1:51.30 (3) 1:38.69 (3) 1:26.21 (3) 1:13.33 (3) 1:00.42 (3) 47.95 (3) 35.85 (3) 24.03 (6) 12.19 (5) 2:28.50 (5)
FAME GAME

2:19.43 (16)

2:07.51 (14) — (13) 1:49.95 (13) 1:37.60 (13) 1:25.04 (13) 1:12.15 (13) 59.36 (14) 47.05 (15) 35.18 (17) 23.28 (18) 11.69 (17) 2:28.50 (6)
WHOSHOTBARMAN

2:19.32 (18)

2:06.95 (18) — (18) 1:49.24 (18) 1:37.09 (17) 1:24.53 (17) 1:11.75 (17) 59.10 (17) 47.03 (16) 35.43 (14) 23.82 (11) 12.11 (10) 2:28.57 (7)
HUARAKI

2:19.46 (17)

2:07.30 (16) — (16) 1:49.70 (16) 1:37.45 (16) 1:24.81 (15) 1:11.99 (15) 59.22 (16) 46.93 (18) 35.21 (18) 23.54 (16) 12.11 (11) 2:28.59 (8)
LUCIA VALENTINA

2:19.58 (15)

2:07.25 (17) — (17) 1:49.35 (17) 1:37.10 (18) 1:24.39 (18) 1:11.64 (18) 58.99 (18) 46.94 (17) 35.38 (16) 23.74 (13) 12.04 (13) 2:28.59 (9)
HOKKO BRAVE

2:19.71 (11)

2:07.86 (12) — (12) 1:50.21 (12) 1:37.93 (12) 1:25.47 (11) 1:12.54 (11) 59.79 (11) 47.49 (12) 35.64 (12) 23.92 (10) 12.21 (9) 2:28.66 (10)
GRAND MARSHALL

2:19.67 (14)

2:07.76 (13) — (14) 1:50.11 (14) 1:37.74 (14) 1:25.01 (14) 1:12.17 (14) 59.45 (15) 47.32 (14) 35.49 (15) 23.69 (15) 12.02 (14) 2:28.67 (11)
VOLKSTOKNBARRELL

2:19.99 (10)

2:08.34 (9) — (9) 1:50.91 (8) 1:38.49 (8) 1:25.97 (8) 1:13.07 (8) 1:00.20 (8) 47.82 (8) 35.87 (11) 23.75 (17) 12.08 (16) 2:28.82 (12)
RISING ROMANCE

2:20.16 (6)

2:08.66 (7) — (7) 1:51.40 (6) 1:38.92 (6) 1:26.35 (6) 1:13.49 (6) 1:00.56 (6) 48.09 (6) 36.02 (9) 24.31 (8) 12.54 (7) 2:28.91 (13)
MAGNAPAL

2:20.62 (3)

2:09.43 (1) — (1) 1:52.13 (2) 1:39.55 (2) 1:27.09 (2) 1:14.14 (2) 1:01.26 (2) 48.85 (2) 36.72 (2) 24.93 (4) 12.90 (6) 2:29.26 (14)
PROTECTIONIST

2:20.27 (13)

2:08.16 (15) — (15) 1:50.53 (15) 1:38.14 (15) 1:25.39 (16) 1:12.58 (16) 1:00.14 (13) 47.95 (13) 36.40 (8) 24.73 (7) 12.74 (12) 2:29.28 (15)
SET SQUARE

2:20.87 (2)

2:09.66 (2) — (2) 1:52.61 (1) 1:40.15 (1) 1:27.44 (1) 1:14.56 (1) 1:01.72 (1) 49.17 (1) 37.01 (1) 25.19 (2) 13.07 (8) 2:29.49 (16)
MAGICOOL

2:21.25 (8)

2:09.46 (10) — (10) 1:51.75 (10) 1:39.34 (11) 1:26.67 (12) 1:13.83 (12) 1:01.05 (12) 48.96 (10) 37.09 (10) 25.42 (9) 13.32 (15) 2:30.05 (17)
ROYAL DESCENT

2:23.88 (1)

2:12.52 (3) — (3) 1:55.17 (4) 1:42.60 (4) 1:30.07 (4) 1:17.17 (4) 1:04.28 (4) 51.83 (4) 39.69 (5) 27.58 (14) 14.78 (18) 2:32.52 (18)
FINAL POSITION
1st Mongolian Khan
2nd Trip to Paris (IRE)
3rd Our Ivanhowe (GER)
4th Gust of Wind (NZ)
5th Snow Sky (GB)
6th Fame Game (JPN)
7th Who Shot Thebarman (NZ)
8th Hauraki
9th Lucia Valentina (NZ)
10th Hokko Brave (JPN)
11th Grand Marshal (GB)
12th Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ)
13th Rising Romance (NZ)
14th Magnapal
15th Protectionist (GER)
16th Set Square
17th Magicool
18th Royal Descent

 

 

This is what the jockeys thought of the performance of their ride in Caulfield Cup.

 

1st

MONGOLIAN KHAN

Opie Bosson

“That was awesome. Everything went to plan, we had the perfect run. He relaxed so good. I was probably exposed a bit earlier than I want to be but I knew he’d run the trip right out and I didn’t want to be boxed up. He just keeps going and won’t let anything past him. He still took a bit to pull him up as well. This is the biggest thrill of my career.”
WKR REVIEW

Was given a beautiful ride by Bosson and travelled strongly throughout. Loomed strongly past the 600m and on corner became apparent he had it shot to bits! He got away from Our Ivanhoe then packed too many punches for Trip to Paris in a clearly superior display. Strong to the line. Whose to say he can’t do the double ? He’s very good. Great win.

 

 

2nd

TRIP TO PARIS
Tommy Berry

“I don’t think anyone would have missed the run. He travelled really well in the run and every time I asked him, he picked up well. He sprinted through the gap at the top of the straight and I thought I was going to pick up the winner but he just stole a bit of a march. The Melbourne Cup looks to be the right race for him.”

WKR REVIEW

Run of the race for mine. Terrific run! I expected the 2400m to be way to short for him with his career peak rating having come over 4000m. The fact he sprinted home in the fastest last 600,400 & 200m in the race astounds me taking into consideration the unsuitability of trip. He’ll be better for the run and out to 3200m in the Melbourne Cup will only enhance his form. Perfectly weighted in it, only bad luck or bad ride can stop him I think!?!


3rd

OUR IVANHOWE
Ben Melham

“He was there to win and there’s just improvement to come from him and that stopped him late. Hopefully he tightens up from that and I’m looking forward to seeing him at the two miles.”

WKR REVIEW


4th
GUST OF WIND
Chad Schofield

“The others sprinted a little bit better than her but she was really solid through the line.”

WKR REVIEW


5th
SNOW SKY
Damien Oliver


“He got held up a bit around the home turn but he finished off well and he would be better suited at Flemington. Good effort.”

WKR REVIEW

Ran soundly, but didn’t set the world on fire by any stretch. He enjoyed a charmed run in transit in the box seat but couldn’t get fully clear when Oliver wanted to go. Still worked home ok, but wasn’t dazzling. Ok for Cup but I couldn’t recommend it as the Melbourne Cup winners run.


6th
FAME GAME
Zac Purton

“As expected, it was always going to be a bit short and they went too slow but he did what we wanted.”

WKR REVIEW

Purton said the horse couldn’t win and it’s easy too see why that was. They didn’t try to win the race one-yard, which is very disappointing for those punters who backed him. Jockey & Trainer were rightfully grilled by stewards and claimed that he runs better in traffic! Strange one. Stewards said they expect the horse be ridden the same way in the Melbourne Cup. Anyway the actual run rather than the urgency to win was terrific. Purton took him back from the draw and he settled worse than midfield. When it was obvious they were “running dead” was from the 1000m to the 600m pole, where Purton restrained the horse to last and made zero effort to improve positioning. Once Purton took his handbrake off the horse really rattled home late in what was a terrific cup trial. He’ll be of the major chances in the Melbourne Cup where A) they’ll TRY TO WIN! & B) he’ll get out over more ground which will really suit.

 

 
7th
WHO SHOT THEBARMAN
Blake Shinn

“Good run. He hit the line well and will be better at Flemington.”

WKR REVIEW

Great Cup trial and very similar to what he did in this race 12 months ago before running 3rd in the Melbourne Cup. He worked home well and is spot on to be in the mix in 16 days time.

 


8th
HAURAKI
James McDonald

“He was slow out of the gates because he was in there too long and he just stepped slow.”

WKR REVIEW

Disappointing effort. Only battled. Question marks over him this grade for mine.


9th
LUCIA VALENTINA
Dwayne Dunn

“A little bit of jar out of the track helped her. We had a few traffic issues up the straight but she acquitted herself really well.”

WKR REVIEW

Ground was just too firm for her too produce that sprint we know she’s got & in all fairness there’s no way known she’s going as well as she was this time last years when 3rd in the race. Not at her best so I’d send her to paddock.


10th
HOKKO BRAVE
Craig Williams

“We had no favours in the run, three-wide no cover, and he’ll take a lot of merit from today’s run.”

WKR REVIEW

Endured a tough run and it was probably a good effort he stuck on like he did instead of folding right up. Fitter for it. Pay to overlook this race when assessing Melbourne Cup chances.


11th
GRAND MARSHAL
Jim Cassidy

“I’m happy enough. He’s ticking over alright.”

WKR REVIEW

Worked home solidly. Like Pumper said, he’s on target for the Melbourne Cup where he’ll no doubt improve over 2 miles.


12th
VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL
Craig Newitt


“He ran alright. We were put out of the race at about the 700 or 800 when Royal Descent fell in a hole.”

WKR REVIEW

Poor. Didn’t have the clearest of paths but never travelled all that well.


13th
RISING ROMANCE
Damian Lane

“A bit disappointing. She travelled well but we got held up a little bit where it would have been nice to have been flowing but when she got out, she didn’t finish off like she can.”

WKR REVIEW

Very Disappointing! Damian Lane gave the mate a beautiful soft run on the fence in behind the speed and got her out into clear galloping room on the corner where she presented to win the race if good enough, but she wasn’t, she gave in without a Yelp.


14th
MAGNAPAL
Dean Yendall

“He had a nice run but he just wasn’t quite up to them today. He might have felt the track a bit.”

WKR REVIEW

Not up to this level, plain and simple.


15th
PROTECTIONIST
Brenton Avdulla

“Very disappointing. I travelled into it well but he just struggled around the 600m onwards.”

WKR REVIEW

Impossible to believe we saw this horse win a Melbourne Cup by 4 lengths in devastating fashion 12 months ago. He hasn’t ever been the same horse we saw last Spring since moving to Australia to be trained. If I owned him I’d retire the horse or send him back to be trained in Germany, to see if he can recapture his old form. Serious disappointment again! Doesn’t want to be here.

 


16th
SET SQUARE
Kerrin McEvoy

“Leading wasn’t the preferred plan. I thought we had a nice enough time to maybe kick a bit better than what we did from the 500m.”

WKR REVIEW

Led and knocked up. Forgive today but probably showed she’s not up to this grade all the same.


17th
MAGICOOL
James Winks

“Not up to them. He had a lovely run in transit.”

WKR REVIEW

Was only ever making up the numbers.

 


Last
ROYAL DESCENT
Glen Boss

“She had the toughest run of all time but I don’t think she stays. She might be a mile to a mile-and-a-quarter horse.”

 WKR REVIEW

Was very well backed to run a race but was never a hope after getting trapped deep up on the speed. Boss could have probably pushed on and lead I thought although unlikely that he was ever going to do that with question marks over her at the trip. That’s her 2nd failure in this race, so I’d be fairly suprised if we ever see her run over 2400m again.

 

STEWARDS REPORT

•Royal Descent – connections advised would be ridden handy with cover; raced in a handy position. Raced wide without cover in the early and middle stages. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.


•Hauraki – had to be steadied when tightened for room near the 600m when attempting a neat run to the inside of Fame Game (JPN).
•Fame Game (JPN) – had to be steadied near the 500m when tightened for room between Hauraki and Grand Marshal (GB). When questioned regarding tactics adopted in particular from the 800m, rider Zac Purton explained that his mount normally races back in the field and that he had been given instructions to look for runs through the field rather than endeavouring to circumnavigate the field. He added that he had difficultly at various stages in the straight in obtaining clear running and that once clear passing the 100m he was riding his mount out hands and heels to the best of his ability. The trainer Mr Yoshitada Manukata confirmed the instructions and when questioned further, he clarified that the horse performs best when ridden through the field rather than the alternative. Both parties were advised that the instructions and subsequently the manner in which the horse was ridden today, cast doubt in the Stewards minds as to whether the horse was ridden to ensure that it was ridden in a manner that it obtained the best possible placing and that they would expect similar instructions to be adopted in this years Melbourne Cup.


•Snow Sky (GB) – held up rounding the home turn then had to be steadied out across the heels of Set Square to obtain clear running.


•Grand Marshal (GB) – when making ground near the 50m, shifted to the inside of Snow Sky (GB) which also shifted in at this point, and then had to be steadied.


•Gust Of Wind (NZ) – raced further than its most recent starts; trainer Mr John Sargent notified it wasnt his intention however after jumping away well was further forward than anticipated.


•Volkstoknbarrell – rider Craig Newitt was fined $400 for using his whip eight times forehand prior to the 100m, which is three times more than permitted. In assessing penalty Steward took into account Craig Newitt had not breached this rule for two years and that it was a Group 1 race.


•Damian Lane (Rising Romance (NZ) – pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that rounding the home turn he endeavoured to shift his mount from inside of Gust Of Wind (NZ) to the outside of Gust Of Wind (NZ) resulting in him placing Magicool in restricted room to a point where his mount continued to shift out causing Magicool having to be checked. Damian Lane had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight October 18th and to expire at midnight October 27th, a total of ten race meetings (two metropolitan and eight provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account Damian Lanes guilty plea and record and that the incident was in the mid-range.