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2019 Caulfield Cup tips – Two top tips in Caulfield’s premier handicap

Best Solution (right) holds on to win last year's Caulfield Cup.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the Caulfield Cup and highlights wo British raiders to back on Saturday 19th October.

Two-and-a-half weeks out from the Melbourne Cup, a field of talented flat racers will go to post in the Caulfield Cup, all hoping to prove their quality ahead of Australia’s most famous race at Flemington. Not only will the winner of the Caulfield Cup all-but guarantee their spots at Flemington, but the winner will hand connections and incredible first prize of almost £1.7m.

Last year, Best Solution produce a superb performance to bring the Caulfield Cup back to Europe and there are plenty of familiar names pitched in with their Australian counterparts in Saturday’s renewal. Our expert has taken a look through the betting and picked out two horses to side with.

2019 Caulfield Cup Tips

In recent years, horses who like to sit off the pace have struggled to make inroads in the Caulfield Cup, so I’d favour those who travel strongly in behind the leaders. Wolfe and Qafila, drawn kindly in stalls five and six, are likely to go forward and ensure the race is run at a true gallop. Positioned perfectly in stall four we find GOLD MOUNT and I fancy Ian Williams’ six-year-old to run well beyond his current odds.

Formlerly trained in Hong Kong by Richard Gibson, Gold Mount arrived at Williams’ yard on the back of a strong fourth behind Melbourne Cup winner, Cross Counter in the Dubai Gold Cup out in Meydan. Few fancied Andrea Atezni’s mount to pull up any trees on his stable debut in the Grand Cup Stakes at York, but Gold Mount produced an excellent display, powering home from the rear after the leaders went out way too quick to secure a very taking two length success.

Paul Hanagan decided to take a more prominent early position with Gold Mount when he took the ride in the Silver Cup, again at York, on his most recent run in July. A thrilling three-horse battle ensued after long-time leader, Weekender gave way and it was Red Verdon who prevailed, edging out Gold Mount and Raheen House by the narrowest of margins.

Gold Mount often goes well fresh, so almost 100 days out of action shouldn’t be a problem and dropping back a couple of furlongs in trip won’t be an issue either. I’m hoping Mark du Plessis latches onto the pacemakers drawn immediately on his outside and, given a smooth passed, Gold Mount can make a bold bid for the Cup.

Gold Mount (centre) cruising to victory at York on his reappearance.

During his time in England, Mirage Dancer didn’t prove himself to be a serial winner. In-fact, Sir Michael Stoute’s former charge has only managed to win three times since sealing a debut victory in 2016, winning two Listed prizes and a Group Three at Glorious Goodwood last summer.

Despite a lack of wins, Mirage Dancer has reached a high rating, thanks mainly to many excellent placed efforts behind high-quality rivals. Take this season for example, following a simple return on his reappearance, Mirage Dancer has narrowly lost out to Defoe, Communique and Desert Encounter. Defoe went on to win a Grade One at Epsom, Communique has impressed on his international travels and Desert Encounter got up to win the Canadian International last weekend.

Mirage Dancer has recently made the move to Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young in-form stable and jockey, Ben Melham has plenty of experience riding in big races here at Caulfield. This will be a first start in a handicap for Mirage Dancer and he may just prove himself too classy for this field, with just 8-11 sitting in his saddle.

Mirage Dancer (left) powers clear to win the 2018 Glorious Stakes.

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2019 Caulfield Cup tips – Two top tips in Caulfield’s premier handicap

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