Gai Waterhouse's exciting stayer Glencadam Gold is now assured of a start in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on October 20 after the latest round of acceptances on Tuesday.
Glencadam Gold, winner of the Newcastle Cup and Metropolitan at his past two starts, is now equal-13th in the order of entry for the first of the two great handicap races during the spring carnival, with 41 horses still in contention for a start in the 2400m race.
Among the big names to drop out of contention for a start in the race on Tuesday after the number of remaining entrants were cut from 80 to 41 were the Lloyd Williams-owned pair of Green Moon and Mourayan, Peter Moody's Manighar and talented Sydney galloper Shoot Out.
Green Moon, last year's Caulfield Cup runner-up, will instead be aimed at the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 27 following his brilliant win at weight-for-age in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed was among the 41 acceptances on Tuesday despite a rare bad performance on Saturday when she finished near last in the Turnbull Stakes.
But with Green Moon now heading to the Cox Plate and Southern Speed suddenly a form query, Glencadam Gold has emerged as clearly the horse to beat.
However, the five-year-old imported gelding, who has won all four starts for Waterhouse since joining her stable from England, will now carry 53.5kg in the Caulfield Cup.
Originally weighted with just 50kg, Glencadam Gold was hit with a 1.5kg penalty for winning the Newcastle Cup and then another 2kg penalty in the Group One Metropolitan at Randwick on Saturday which elevated him up the order of entry and guaranteed a place in the 18-strong field.
Glencadam Gold has firmed from $5.40 to $4.90 favourite at Betfair so far this week but is shorter elsewhere at $4.80 at TAB Sportsbet and $4.40 at Eskander's Betstar.The second favourite is last year's beaten Caulfield Cup favourite in the Mark Kavanagh-trained December Draw at $7 at Betstar, $8 at TAB Sportsbet and $10.50 at Betfair, while the only other horse under double-figure odds currently is the Lloyd Williams-owned Seville, which is into the $9 third favourite at Betstar after his surprising second behind stablemate Green Moon in the Turnbull on Saturday.