Mer De Glace Wins The Caulfield Cup
It's a massive win for the Japanese horse, who is unbeaten in his six starts this year,
Mer De Glace has claimed the 2400 Caulfield Cup with a dominant win, coming from well back in the field with Aussie jockey Damian Lane aboard.
The five-year-old is the second Japanese stayer to win the race, after Admire Rakti won in 2014.
Australian stayer Vow and Declare finished a strong second, putting in a gutsy performance in the straight after it looked like a few would go past it, while Mirage Dancer was third.
This was a race where favouritism changed in the days and hours and even minutes leading up to the race.
Irish import Constantinople -- trained this Australian spring by the duo of David Hayes and his nephew Tom Dabernig -- was the subject of a sensational betting move on Saturday, with its odds firming from $11 into $6.50, and started favourite.
Mer De Glace was favourite at one stage earlier this week, but started at $8 third favourite.
No horse has won the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup double -- or the "Cups double" as it's affectionately known -- since Ethereal in 1991.
It now remains to be seen whether Mer De Glace -- which has never run over a longer distance than today's race -- can add the Flemington 3200 metres feature to its win in the Caulfield 2400m classic.
Constantinople ran fourth, in what was a pretty impressive pointer towards the Melbourne Cup.
More to come.