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Who is bred to win the Caulfield Cup?

Who is bred to win the Caulfield Cup?

There are few rules when it comes to breeding champion racehorses and the Caulfield Cup is testament to that, with an eclectic honour roll that includes fancy bluebloods and hardy homebreds alike.

Saturday’s edition of the Group 1 handicap has attracted horses bred in every corner of the globe – four in Australia, one in New Zealand, one in Japan, one in France, six in Ireland and six in Britain.

James Tzaferis takes a look at some of the interesting pedigrees in the 2023 Caulfield Cup.



Novellist x Little Jun

It goes without saying that the Japanese know how to breed a stayer. What’s their secret? Part of it is that they have carefully curated their stallion ranks with some of the very best horses from around the globe. While Breakup doesn’t descend from the breed-shaping Sunday Silence line, he is instead by Novellist, who was a four-time Group 1 winner over 2400m in Germany, Italy, France and Britain. Novellist doesn’t yet have the record at stud of some of his counterparts but he is a son of German super sire Monsun, whose progeny have won three Melbourne Cups in this part of the world. Breakup is out of the Korofune mare Little Jun, who retired a maiden and is yet to produce any offspring of note other than Breakup.



Kermadec x Bana Wu

Montefilia is one of only two horses in Saturday’s race that is by a Victorian stallion, with Kermadec a resident of Darley’s Northwood Park. Although the son of Teofilo was a dual Group 1 winner over 1600m, his best progeny have excelled over a trip with three of his four Group 1 winners successful at 2200m or beyond. Montefilia is comfortably the stallion’s best performer, with four Group 1 wins and almost $5 million in prizemoney to her name. She’s out of the Stakes-placed Shirocco mare Bana Wu, who has produced four other winners from five to the track.


Franceso Guardi

Frankel x Trophee

Already the sire of 33 individual Group 1 winners including Arc heroine Alpinista and Derby winners Adayar, Hurricane Lane and Westover, Frankel can enhance his reputation in this part of the world if he can sire the winner of a spring major. Francesco Guardi is one of two sons he has in the race, along with stablemate Soulcombe. Purchased as a yearling for 200,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Francesco Guardi is out of Stakes-placed Mr Sidney mare Trophee, who is a half-sister to dual Arc winner and European Horse of the Year Treve.


Right You Are

So You Think x Leica Ding

If Right You Are can spring a surprise on Saturday, his sire So You Think can lay claim to being one of the world’s most versatile stallions, after his son Think About It won the world’s richest sprint race, The Everest, in Sydney last week. A homebred for the Merriman family, who primarily raise sheep and cattle, Right You Are is out to become the 12th Group 1 winner for his sire, who progeny have won elite level races form 1200m to 3200m. Right You Are is the second named foal out of Redding mare Leica Ding, who won the Geelong Cup and ran in a Melbourne Cup.


Okita Soushi

Galileo x Amicus

An Irish-bred stayer with plenty of Australian flavour, Joseph O’Brien’s talented stayer is out of Australian Group 1 winner Amicus. She is out of the El Moxie mare Gold Chant, who is a half-sister to Starspangledbanner. The 2014 Thousand Guineas winner was among several star Aussie mares sent to Ireland, including Atlantic Jewel, Sea Siren and Believe ‘N’ Succeed who have all produced Group 1 winners by Galileo in recent seasons. The Galileo – Fastnet Rock cross is incredibly potent with 21 individual winners form 30 runners, including seven Stakes winners. The reverse cross (Fastnet Rock to Galileo mares) is even more incredible with 50 winners form 86 runners, including 13 Stakes winners.



Manhattan Rain x Spirit Bird

Can Manhattan Rain achieve a feat that even his glamour brother Redoute’s Choice couldn’t in siring the winner of a spring major? The market says Fame is up against it but then again, it’s a horse race and he is prepared by champion trainer Perter Moody. Manhattan Rain’s career at stud has hardly been a roaring success and from 13 crops, She Will Reign is his sole Group 1 winner. Having started his stud career at Arrowfield, Manhattan Rain spent time in Victoria and now calls WA’s Geisel Park home, where he stands for $8250. Bred and raced by Neven Botica, Fame is first foal out of the Stakes-winning Savabeel mare Spirit Bird.

21 Oct 2023
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