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Caulfield Cups remembered: past replays

October 13, 2011

Trawling Youtube again this week, it has been great to watch some of the old Caulfield Cups.

I doubt this year will match up to some of these incredible contests of the past, but you never know what might jump out of the box.

Unfortunately, the greatest Caulfield Cup win I can remember in recent times, that of Might and Power in 1997, is not on Youtube.

Nevertheless, here are some past Caulfield Cups:

2010 – DESCARADO

It was often said Gai Waterhouse had a Melbourne curse. This was shattered after she won the Caulfield Cup with Descarado, who was suited by the wet track. He would prove it was no fluke with weight for age placings before recording a victory in last weekend’s Yalumba Stakes.

2009 – VIEWED

The death of Viewed in the 2010 autumn was a tragedy. I believe he is one of the most underrated gallopers of recent times, a winner of both the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup. This win was notable for the ride of Brad Rawiller, who hugged the fence the whole way.

2008 – ALL THE GOOD

The world’s largest operation, Godolphin, had never experienced Group 1 success in Australia. That changed with the success of Ebor winner All The Good in the 2008 Caulfield Cup. He was virtually ignored in the lead up to the race but surged to the top of Melbourne Cup markets following his victory. Unfortunately, he was ruled out of the race that stops the nation due to injury.

2007 – MASTER O’REILLY

This was the last race Master O’Reilly, who was retired last weekend, would win. But his two length win over Douro Valley was a mere distraction from the main story – the dramatic scratching at the barriers of hot favourite Maldivian and second favourite Eskimo Queen. Both would recover and record Group 1 victories but the pain has never been forgotten. Mark Kavanagh saddles up this weekend’s favourite December Draw in an attempt to vanquish those memories.

2006 – TAWQEET

Import Tawqeet arrived in Australia with big wraps, having finished third to Scorpion in the English St Leger. He first recognised his true potential with a good win in the Metropolitan. However, his Caulfield Cup win was outstanding, showing a good turn of foot to come along the inside and grab Aqua D’Amore in the final stages. The runs of Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues and runner up Pop Rock were very much notable.

2005 – RAILINGS

Railings had placed in the AJC Derby at 100/1 the previous autumn, but he came through the grades in the spring of 2005. He emerged from a Newcastle open handicap to win a Listed race, then a Group 3 race, then the Group 1 Metropolitan. Still, it took a well timed run to just get up over the Japanese raider Eye Popper. The sad demise of Mummify when he broke down after a gallant third was mourned by all racing fans, while some punters were in tears after Leica Falcon looked dreadfully unlucky not to win.

2004 – ELVSTROEM

A great Caulfield Cup battle saw three time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva just fail to add the race to her impressive resume, with blueblood Elvstroem hanging on in the run to the line. His dam Circles of Gold had just failed to win a Caulfield Cup of her own, running second to Arctic Scent in 1996. Makybe Diva would reassert her authority in the Melbourne Cup 16 days later.

2003 – MUMMIFY

A bold front running ride from Danny Nikolic saw Mummify emerge victorious. It wasn’t the strongest Caulfield Cup, but it was a typically strong performance from a galloper many described as a warhorse.

2002 – NORTHERLY

Northerly started favourite, but had many queries given it was his first time to 2400m and he had his fair share of weight. But he responded like all truly great horses do – he fought to the line and managed to hold off Fields of Omagh in a tight finish. The strength of that Caulfield Cup can be measured by the fact that both the first and second horses would win two Cox Plates apiece.

2001 – ETHEREAL

Queensland Oaks winner Ethereal wins the first leg of a historic double – she is currently the most recent horse to win the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double. Here, she defeats a former Caulfield Cup winner in Sky Heights.

1999 – SKY HEIGHTS

A historic trifecta for champion sire Zabeel, with his progeny filling the first three spots over the line. Sky Heights, Laebeel and Inaflury proved the emergence of the son of Sir Tristram as the sire of stayers.

1995 – DORIEMUS

A good win by Doriemus here, but obviously not one noticed by punters as he still started $11 for the Melbourne Cup. That was made to look ridiculous when he streaked away to win by four lengths at Flemington.

1992 – MANNERISM

Probably the most controversial Caulfield Cup of recent years. Mannerism was a good mare, and she was gutsy in victory, but all attention focused on the runner up Veandercross. A highly questionable ride by Shane Dye saw him lambasted by punters, with many of the belief that he would have won had he not steered so wide. To this day, Dye believes he gave the Kiwi star the best ride possible. Make up your own mind!

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