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‘As close to a grand final as I’ve felt’: Riewoldt
By Roy Ward
Recently retired Richmond great Jack Riewoldt admits he is feeling some nerves ahead of watching Soulcombe race in the Caulfield Cup.
“It’s as close to a grand final as I’ve felt’: Riewoldt told Channel Seven.
Tigers premiership star and confessed racing tragic Nathan Broad stood by comments made earlier this week that becoming a Caulfield Cup winning owner would be better than his latter premierships with the yellow and black.
“I struggled to get my breakfast down this morning….I’ll stand by that comment,” Broad told Channel Seven.
Soulcombe’s owners prepare for the cup. Jayden Short, Jack Riewoldt, Tom Lynch and Nathan Broad.
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Buffalo River destined to leave a mark on Victorian racing
By Damien Ractliffe
When Buffalo River arrived in Australia from Europe, having had four starts overseas, his form hardly looked impressive.
But when he won five of his first six races, he seemed destined to leave a mark on the Victorian racing scene.
That run of wins ended in May 2020, and between then and September 2023 he won just one of his next 27 races.
That win was the Moonga Stakes, at Caulfield, in October 2021.
Today’s win at Caulfield, his second victory in his past three starts, underlines an incredible turnaround in form.
A front-runner by nature, Buffalo River led his rivals and proved too strong in the finish, to claim his second Moonga Stakes and push his career prizemoney earnings beyond $1 million.
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Kats picks outfit to cover the racing and a wedding
By Damien Woolnough
Melbourne designer Effie Kats didn’t have to look far for her strapless grey column dress.
“It’s by me but I actually chose it because of my partner,” Kats said.
Effie Kats at the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.Credit: Luis Enrique Ascui
“I wanted to match his outfit. There’s a lot of colour today but I’m feeling at home in grey.”
The look was completed by Balenciaga sunglasses and a hat from Millinery Jill.
“I’ll be judging the best dressed racewear, so I had to look the part. The bonus is I have a wedding tonight so there’s no need to change.”
Members enjoying the party as race time approaches
By Carla Jaeger
It’s pumping in the members’ section.
Those congregating within could be considered the event’s most fervent racing fans, paying annual MRC membership fees between $485 – $1800.
But with less than an hour before the biggest race of the day, many have turned their attention away from the racecourse to the Medallion Club bar.
Fans have also packed into the public lawn and are enjoying the festivities, the MRC told this masthead earlier that they expect the final crowd will pass 25,000 people.
Crowds on the lawn before Race 6 on Saturday.Credit: Vince Caligiuri
Eustace monitoring track, weighs up whether Gold Trip will run
Caulfield Cup favourite Gold Trip will be given until the last minute to take his spot in the $5 million feature race amid concerns from trainers over the firmness of the track.
Connections are taking a cautious approach with last year’s Melbourne Cup winner, with a strong eye towards next month’s title defence at Flemington.
Gold Trip takes a roll in the sand at Carrum beach this week.Credit: Vince Caligiuri / Getty Images
The Caulfield track was rated a Good 4 on Saturday morning and co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are hopeful it will not dry out in windy conditions ahead of race time at 5.15pm AEDT.
“It is something we’ll have to monitor throughout the day,” Eustace told RSN 927.
Gold Trip was second to Chris Waller’s Durston in last year’s Caulfield Cup before claiming a famous Melbourne Cup triumph as the top-weight.
If he runs in the 2400m staying test on Saturday, the $6 TAB favourite will have to defy a 58.5kg impost to salute under Ben Melham.
The Maher-Eustace stable has four runners in the field – Gold Trip, Duke De Sessa, Right You Are and United Nations – after the latter was called up as an emergency.
A spot opened up when 2021 runner-up Nonconformist was withdrawn due to lameness in his right hind leg following a second inspection by vets on Friday.
Yendell ends tough week with win
By Andrew Wu
It has not been the best of weeks for jockey Dean Yendall but he has a reason to celebrate after steering Wrote To Arataki to an all-the-way win in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes.
The five-year-old mare settled in the lead from gate seven, holding off all-comers in the straight to claim the $300,000 1400-metre event for Warrnambool-based trainer Matthew Williams, Yendall was in hot water early in the week for a distasteful joke he made after a win at Swan Hill on Monday.
He issued a lengthy apology on Tuesday morning for his “inappropriate and offensive” comment.
He was fined $400 by Racing Victoria stewards but his five percent share of the $180,000 winner’s cheque for connections will well and truly cover the sanction.
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