Caulfield Cup recap & what punters learned for the Melbourne Cup

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Boom Time won the Caulfield Cup at healthy odds – does it have a hope in the Melbourne Cup?

THE first of Melbourne’s spring racing big-three, the Caulfield Cup has been run and won by Boom Time at a massive price, but many pundits were watching Saturday’s feature to get an indication of which runners could potentially make an impact in two weeks time at Flemington.

A number of trainers used the Caulfield feature to tune their runners ahead of the 2017 Melbourne Cup, and while some passed the test with flying colours, others wilted under the pressure.

One of the most eye-catching runs was that of British import Marmelo.

The HorseBetting team has been big on the classy five-year-old for some time now, and while the horse missed a place, Marmelo looked fantastic and attacked the line hard.

After being at $17 at Ladbrokes as late last week, the Caulfield Cup run saw it firm into outright favourite at the $6 mark.

Fellow UK galloper Johannes Vermeer also impressed after encountering trouble at every turn.

Being blocked for a run at multiple stages throughout the race, the Cup favourite launched late to round out the placings in what was an encouraging run.

We always felt the horse was somewhat of a false favourite for the Caulfield Cup, but the run was indicative of a horse that can compete well in the race that stops a nation.

Johannes Vermeer is the $11 third favourite at Ladbrokes to win the Melbourne Cup.

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We wrote early last week about the fact we may never see a Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double again, but after Boom Time’s brilliant win, the Hayes and Daberning runner firmed into $34 to cause an upset.

Unlikely? Yes, but we cannot rule anything out in racing.

Of the Australian and New Zealand runners, perhaps one of the more disappointing runners was Jon Snow.

One of the chief elects in the Caulfield Cup market after experiencing a late push, the 2017 ATC Derby winner put in a bitterly disappointing run and subsequently drifted in the futures market.

Jon Snow is now a $34 outsider to win the Melbourne Cup.

Amelie’s Star was meant to be a cups contender over the spring, but a strange tactic of driving the Bart Cummings Stakes winner to the front early in the race backfired badly after the horse wilted and finished 11th.

The Weir-trained Amelie’s Star drifted out to $24 for the Melbourne Cup, but based on that run we would not be surprised if the trainer elects to avoid the race entirely.

Stablemate to Amelie’s Star Humidor looked to be competitive in the run, but failed to finish off hard in the race.

The Makybe Diva Stakes winner drifted out to $17 after being in single figures following that impressive win almost a month ago.

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