Japanese runner Mer De Glace wins the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup

Japanese horse, Mer De Glace, under Australian jockey Damian Lane, wins the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup. Credit: Racing Images.

Mer De Glace became the second Japanese horse to win the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup after holding off a wall of challengers to claim the world’s richest two-and-a-half mile handicap.

Mer De Glace extended his winning streak to six races after a top-class staying performance under Australian jockey Damian Lane, who was instrumental in persuading trainer Hisashi Shimizu to take the five-year-old to Melbourne for the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

Vow and Declare, trained by Danny O’Brien, charged home to finish second with two European imports, Mirage Dancer and Constantinople, chasing the pair home in third and fourth place respectively.

Mirage Dancer, formerly trained in England by Michael Stoute but now in the care of New Zealand pair Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, will progress to the Lexus Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, 5th November after an impressive debut on Australian soil.

He will be joined in ‘the race that stops a nation’ by the former Aidan O’Brien-trained Constantinople, who fell short of his bid to become the first northern hemisphere three-year-old to win the Caulfield Cup.

However, the son of Galileo – who is now trained by David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig – is now favourite for the Melbourne Cup with most bookmakers.

Mer De Glace is currently the second favourite though connections have not yet committed to running him on the first Tuesday in November. If the Japanese horse recovers well after Saturday’s race it is very likely le will take his place in the Flemington showpiece.

Next Saturday, 26th October, the Spring Racing Carnival moves to Moonee Valley Racing Club for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, with Aidan O’Brien’s talented mare Magic Wand, her former stablemate Cape of Good Hope (now trained by Lindsay Park) and David Menuisier’s last-start Group 1 winner Danceteria all in contention to succeed Winx as Australasia’s weight-for-age champion.

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