The times have been crunched and here are the standout performances from Caulfield Cup day 2023.
The highest rated victory across Randwick and Caulfield was Without A Fight according to ratings experts, Punting Form.
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We had two leaders hold on for victory – Wrote To Arartaki and Buffalo River. They used lanes 2 and 1 respectively. All the remaining eight winners used lanes 3+.
Only two winners – Without A Fight and Lempicka – were further than 5L off the lead at the 600m.
WHO WAS HOT?
Training honours went to Flemington horseman Mike Moroney, who saddled up a double courtesy of Coeur Volante and Buffalo River
Without A Fight storms to victory in the Caulfield Cup. Credit: Getty Images
WITHOUT A FIGHT – 1ST Caulfield Cup [2400m]
Winning time of 2:26.64 is 6.6 lengths faster than your average Caulfield Cup making this one of the highest rating editions of the race this century. The winner has produced the best last 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400 and 200m of the race. Our database has recorded a rating that would win you the majority of Melbourne Cups over the past decade. It should provide a great form reference to the big one next month.
LEMPICKA – 1st Listed Alinghi Stakes [1100m]
She is flying this campaign and given she was able to run 1:03.64 (1.8L faster than average for this grade) off an even tempo is testament to this mare’s monster finish. Her final 600m was 7 lengths faster than average for this class.
OAKS and DERBY lead-ups – Who rated better?
Autumn Angel won the Ethereal Stakes for the fillies in 2:03.56 while Sunsets won the Caulfield Classic for the boys in 2:05.52. The Oaks lead-up was nearly 8 lengths faster than the Derby lead-up. But the difference here was the lead speed. The girls went through their first 1400m 3.1 seconds faster than the boys, who came home their final 600m 1.6 seconds faster than the fillies.
What does all this mean?
Don’t give up on Riff Rocket. He’s produced the fastest last 200m of the race and the eighth fastest last 400m and 200m of the entire meeting. He was beaten by a muddling tempo and couldn’t have done much more from where he was at the 600m. And Tropical Squall has set a very fast tempo and just been run down. A more patient ride in the Oaks will make her hard to beat.
SPACEWALK – 2nd Group 2 The McCafe Sprint [1000m]
Rival jockeys of Doull need to check themselves. This horse was allowed to lead at a tempo that was 10.5 lengths slower than Group 2 average for 1000m races at Caulfield. Spacewalk has produced the fastest last 1000, 800, 600, 400 and 200m of the day and still couldn’t catch Doull.
We expect the Caulfield Cup form to hold up in the coming weeks. Without A Fight and Gold Trip have to be serious Melbourne Cup chances, as does Soulcombe provided he can jump cleanly. He missed the start in the Caulfield Cup by eight lengths yet was only beaten 5.5L.
Assuming they run, we expect Riff Rocket and Tropical Squall to turn the tables and win the Derby and Oaks.
Four leaders held on for victory with lanes 1 to 9 providing all 10 winners. No horse won from further back than 5 lengths off the lead at the 600m.
WHO WAS HOT?
Tommy Berry and Aaron Bullock stole riding honours with a double each. Berry rode Stroke Of Luck and Kazou while Bullock partnered Whodat and Peace Officer.
Joe Pride trained a double with Dashing Legend and King Of The Castle.
SHANGRI LA EXPRESS 1st Kirkham Plate [1000m]
Win of the day anywhere for us. Winning time of 58.24 is 2.9 lengths faster than 2YO average for this grade but it was his late work that has us super excited. His last 600 was almost 6 lengths faster than average and he’s run the best last 200m of the day. These are exceptionally positive signs for a 2YO on debut.
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