2015 Caulfield Cup result – Mongolian Khan for New Zealand
“The perfect run” has ended a run of placings for trainer Murray Baker and given jockey Opie Bosson “the biggest thrill” of his career after Mongolian Khan scored a commanding win in the $3 million Group I Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Saturday.
The Phantom started Baker’s quest for Caulfield Cup success when finishing third behind Cole Diesel in 1989. He then ran second in the race with Nom Du Jeu and Harris Tweed in 2008 and 2010.
“It’s amazing,” Baker said. “To win one after running in the placings a few times is unbelievable.
“We’ve been coming here a long time and I think this one is for good attendance.
“It was worth the wait.”
Mongolian Khan’s win stamps him as one of Australia’s best modern day stayers. Last season as a three-year-old colt the son of Holy Roman Emperor became the first horse since the great Bonecrusher in 1986 to win the New Zealand and Australian Derbies.
“He’s a very good stayer,” Baker said. “We wanted to make this a staying test and he just kept kicking.
“He’s got a beautiful relaxed temperament and I think he loves being a racehorse.”
Mongolian Khan landed into a lovely position shortly after the start and travelled a horse off the fence, three pairs back from the leader Set Square.
Things started to hot up as the backmarkers started to make their runs as the field strode up the hill approaching the home turn. Bosson exposed Mongolian Khan so not to be pocketed and the four-year-old “dragged” himself up to mount a claim.
In the straight Our Ivanhowe was chiming in out wide while Trip To Paris was saving ground along the rail but they couldn’t peg back the Kiwi stayer with Mongolian Khan ($5 fav) going to the line with a half-length advantage.
“That was awesome,” Bosson said. “Everything went to plan, we had the perfect run.
“He relaxed so good. I was probably exposed a bit earlier than I wanted to be but I knew he’d run the trip right out and I didn’t want to be boxed up.
“He just keeps going and won’t let anything past him. He still took a bit to pull him up as well.
“This is the biggest thrill of my career.”
Ed Dunlop’s Trip To Paris ($31) gave the British trainer another second in a feature Australian race to add to Red Cadeaux’s three seconds in the Melbourne Cup and in this year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes when crossing the line 1-1/4 lengths ahead of the Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe ($26).
Sportsbet firmed Mongolian Khan’s Melbourne Cup quote from $13 into $9 following the win while the fast finishing sixth placegetter, Japanese galloper Fame Game tightened his grip on favouritism by shortening from $9 into $6. Trip To Paris firmed from $26 into $8 and Our Ivanhowe came in from $17 to $13.
Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter will announce Mongolian Khan’s Melbourne Cup penalty on Monday.