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DAVID JONES CUP PREVIEW

By Phil Purser
15/10/2010
To me there are a lot of donkeys going around at Caulfield tomorrow in the different races, but none are bigger that this one. This is an exclusive photo of The Fuzz put out for a pick early this week. He's so slow he never gets colic either - as he even eats slowly.
What I’ve done tonight for clients with it being Caulfield Cup day is I’ve previewed two races on the day.
The track was a “slow 7” this morning according to Track Manager Jason Kerr when he was interviewed by Stephen Hewlett on RadioTAB about 8.30am Queensland time and the track had received “4mm of rain since 4am” according to Kerr, but since then the track has received a lot more rain, so will be “heavy” tomorrow - so from a form perspective - that’s the rating we all need to work on for the meeting
How the track races is anybody’s guess as they raced there last Wednesday for Thousand Guineas day. The rail that day was in the true position and tomorrow it goes out six metres for tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup card.
Unfortunately seven races are scheduled to be run before the Caulfield Cup and that will help carve it up before we get to run the 2.5-million dollar race which sure makes a lot of sense. There’s nothing like raping the track by running nine races over it last Saturday, another eight last Wednesday then 10 tomorrow – such that in the space of seven days the track is asked to handle 27 races – with the Caulfield Cup being the 25th of the 27 runs on the track. Real innovative thinking by all concerned.
My thoughts on the David Jones Cup are:
HORSE
COMMENT
C’EST LA GUERRE
I went bankrupt backing this cat and gave up long before he won at Randwick last start. In fact before he won last start (2/10/10), he hadn’t won a race since 1/3/08. A disgrace to the name “thoroughbred” and he’s topweight.
RED RULER
Has had 13 starts on rain affected ground for one win, so it’s hard to get excited over him.
DEALER PRINCIPAL
Had no luck in the Epsom at just his fourth start in 93 weeks but has never run a place in four goes on “slow” or “heavy” tracks, so will need this run.
EMPIRES CHOICE
Went like a crippled soldier crab last Saturday. Could be Bart’s form reversal runner of the Carnival as Bart is due to produce a beauty. Remember classics from the past - like Sirmione. Geez they just named a street in Ipswich after him in a new estate – fair dinkum – Sirmione that is not Bart. Why the hell would you name a street after Sirmione? Maybe a dartboard would be more apt.
RAINBOW STYLING
In good form and handles “heavy” and “slow” tracks, but 2000 metres on a bog means he’ll be sucking some big ones in late.
THE FUZZ
A legendary chaffbandit if ever there was one. Hasn’t won a race since 15/3/08 – and even then he only won by a half a head. Should be delivering milk to the burbs at 4am instead of heading to trackwork at that time.
GINGA DUDE
A Kiwi galloper that handles a wet track, can run the trip, drops 4.5 kgs on his last start second and won’t need to be much good to test these.
PURPLE
Loves a wet track but is nearly at the 52-week anniversary of being incapable of winning a race (last win 7/11/09). Chance on best form only because of the track rating.
PLAYWRIGHT
Has never missed a place on “heavy” ground, but conversely has never run a place on “slow” ground. Has never won a race in seven goes at Caulfield. Has only won two races since 2/2/08 – and one was last start at Benalla. Another classic chaffbandit.
ZOOMIN
Has never missed a place in five goes on heavy tracks, so stays under notice, if only for that statistic.
PACINO
Seven goes on “slow” or “heavy” for zero wins. Performed on this day last year (third to Baughurst and Shocking) on a “dead 5”, so place hope at a trillion to one.
DREAM PEDLAR
Not likely. In fact there’d be more chance that that Chilean miner bloke will have a matinee with his wife Sunday – and that she’ll forgive him - than this winning. Do you need to clean the slate in case you are involved in a cave-in?
BECQU ADOREE
Has come all the way from England so they’d hardly bring her here if she was legless, although come to think of it my ancestors came here in shackles from England so they were probably no good. Maybe they stole a loaf of bread – or worse?
LARISTAN
First up on a “heavy” track at 2000 metres. Nice one David. I really think some of you blokes have an infatuated view of your training ability.
STANSTILL
First up on a “heavy” track at 2000 metres. Nice one Mick.
GOTTA KEEP COOL
Should be appearing at a pony club meeting tomorrow somewhere with a bright eyed, bushy tailed 10-year-old kid on board – instead of appearing at Caulfield on Cup day.
TOKEN OF HONOUR
Loves a bog track and ran a good race behind Rainbow Styling two starts back. Really hard to beat if gets a run.
CROCODILE CANYON
Well named. Could be taken to a canyon in the Northern Territory where crocodiles abound and could go for a swim.
ZANTELAGH
Has Adelaide form around Token of Honour (17/4/10) so if one is an each way chance so’s the other.
 
CONCLUSION: I don’t like the race – and don’t like the meeting due to the bog track – but I’d back Purple each way and I’d include those emergencies Token of Honour and Zantelagh in all exotics if they get a run.

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