Favourite Mongolian Khan Primed for 2015 Caulfield Cup Success

October 16th, 2015

Opie Bosson was thrilled with the feel offered up by Mongolian Khan when third in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) last weekend, and is confident the four-year-old is primed for a return to the winner’s circle in Saturday’s 2015 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Mongolian Khan is primed for success in the 2015 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Mongolian Khan is primed for success in the 2015 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates well, Bosson elected to settle Mongolian Khan off the pace of the race’s early leaders; receiving a good run in transit and while unable to peel out leading into the final straight, produced a huge turn of foot to finish a close third behind Criterion and Happy Trails.

Confident the entire will again respond well to a step-up to his ideal distance of 2400m, Bosson told the Sydney Morning Herald he is relishing the thought of climbing aboard Mongolian Khan for the 2015 Caulfield Cup.

“I don’t know what would have happened if I got clear at the top of the straight,” Bosson said of Mongolian Khan’s run in the Caulfield Stakes.

“His last 100m was outright, he was really trucking to the line. He is just looking for the 2400m now.

“That run couldn’t have been any better and I can’t wait for next week.”

Trainer Murray Baker is yet to post a win in the Caulfield Cup; having saddled both Nom De Jeu and Harris Tweed to second-place finishes most notably, but is confident Mongolian Khan is primed for success on Saturday.

“Mongolian Khan is on track and we know he is going to be better at 2400m next week,” Baker said.

Posting seven wins and one minor through 12 career starts so far, Mongolian Khan stamped his claims as one to watch when debuting for a comfortable win at Te Rapa in September last year, but failed to make anything of an impact when eleventh in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) in October.

Returning to the winner’s circle in a minor Ellerslie race over a mile on November 4th, the Holy Roman Emperor entire won each of the Listed Guineas Prelude (2100m), Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) in succession before taking out the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on February 28th.

Crossing the Tasman the first time for fifth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Mongolian Khan produced a monumental turn of foot to take out the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 Caulfield Cup odds, for which Mongolian Khan remains outright $4.80 favourite for success.