Concern for top runners in Caulfield Cup after barrier draw

THE Caulfield Cup has been turned into a lottery after several fancied runners received horror barriers.

Favourite Glencadam Gold faces a tough task after drawing barrier 21, while last year's Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden fared even worse with 22.

Both horses were significant drifters with TattsBet afterwards, Glencadam Gold blowing to $5 and Dunaden out to $8 after having been backed in from $15 to $6.50 in recent days.

Others to draw wide were 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain (19), last year's Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed (14) and Italian Group 1 winner Voila Ici, now trained by Peter Moody, which came up with barrier 17.

Glencadam Gold, unbeaten in four runs in Australia, likes to lead in his races but will that extremely difficult, especially given Voila Ici is also a leader and Moody said the galloper would be looking to assume that role on Saturday.

Barry Pang, part-owner of Glencadam Gold, said he hoped the horse would be able to follow Voila Ici across and sit second or third in the run.

"Basically we're fortunate in that most of the fancied horses are drawn outside like us as well," Pang said.

"The way he races, because he jumps well and he jumps to the lead, basically we'll be up there on the pace. Basically we just hope that we stay out of trouble out there."

The big shorteners after the barrier draw were Lights of Heaven, also trained by Moody, which came up with barrier eight, and import My Quest For Fame which will jump from barrier two.

Moody said Lights of Heaven was the pick of his trio and she came into $10 after the draw after as much as $31 was bet in recent weeks.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained December Draw, one of the favourites for the race since betting opened, shortened to $6.50 after drawing barrier 12 and should be able to secure a position near the lead.

Meanwhile Americain's strapper Stephanie Nigge gave connections of first emergency Sabrage some hope of a start, saying her horse would not start if she and race jockey Gerald Mosse thought the track would be too firm.

"Gerald and I will walk the track on Friday and if we believe it is too firm then Americain will be scratched. Why take the risk?" Nigge said.

She insisted she was not trying to tell the club how to prepare the track, adding as long as it was rated a dead four at the start of Saturday's racing it should be suitable for Americain to start.


Caulfield Cup barriers

  • Americain - 19
  • Dunaden - 22
  • Jakkalberry - 13
  • Winchester - 16
  • December Draw - 12
  • Voila Ici - 17
  • Southern Speed - 14
  • Sanagas - 3
  • Glencadam Gold - 21
  • My Quest For Fame - 2
  • Niwot - 6
  • Lights Of Heaven - 8
  • Secret Admirer - 11
  • Sneak A Peek - 10
  • Alcopop - 9
  • Moudre - 5
  • Folding Gear - 4
  • Zabillionaire - 1

Emergencies: Sabrage (20), Gatewood (18), Ibicenco (15), Fictional Account (7).