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The Spring racing season is here on the Gold Coast! Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to sponsor the Caulfield Cup & The Everest Raceday at Gold Coast’s Premier Racecourse: Aquis Park

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The time-honoured $5M Caulfield Cup is one of the biggest races on the Melbourne Spring racing calendar and is run at the historic Caulfield Racecourse, also known as ‘The Heath’. Although the record $15M prizemoney Everest race at Royal Randwick is a more recent invention and caused outrage amongst the traditional racing community, it looks like it is here to stay and rival the historic Melbourne Spring carnival dominance of racing. Attwood Marshall Lawyers are gearing up for an exciting day of live racing and entertainment on Saturday 16th October 2021 right here on the Gold Coast to celebrate these fantastic race cards in Melbourne and Sydney.

Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is the feather in the cap of Melbourne Racing Club’s prestigious Spring Racing Carnival and one of the most important lead up races to the running of the Melbourne Cup over 3200 metres on the 1st Tuesday in November.

This event was first run in 1879 at the Caulfield Racecourse.

Run over 2400 metres, the $5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup is the most lucrative turf race of that distance. Its prestige and popularity is only matched by the Melbourne Cup. How horses perform at the Caulfield Cup has historically proven to be a great indication of the horse’s chances in the Melbourne Cup. There are many famous horses who have won the hallowed Caulfield/Melbourne Cups double, but it has been 20 years since the last horse did so. The mighty mare Ethereal, ridden by local jockey Scott Seamer, was the last horse to win the coveted double in 2001. Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), and Might and Power (1997) are famous more recent winners that will be well known to punters.

This is a classic distance race over a mile and a half that always attracts the best stayers in the industry, from around Australia and abroad.

The 2021 running of the Caulfield Cup, as always, is an interesting affair with the short price favourite and Queensland horse Incentivise, now trained by Peter Moody and ridden by Brett Prebble, favoured to take out the race. However, he will not have things his own way having drawn barrier 20 and other horses will have great chances to win the race. Famous jockey Damien Oliver’s mount Delphi is by the English Derby winning stallion Galileo and the winner of the Metropolitan race in Sydney, Montefilia will be in the mix, as will the Grahame Beg trained Non-conformist to be ridden by champion jockey Craig Williams. An interesting runner is Duais, trained by Edward Cummings, grandson of the famous trainer Bart Cummings. Outside of the favourite Incentivise, it is a very open race and luck in the running will no doubt be a factor in determining the winner.  Good luck to all!

The Everest

The Everest is a sprint race over 1,200 metres and was first run at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney in 2017. The prize money is an incredible $15M in total with a winner’s purse of a cool $6.2M (the fourth-place getter receives $1M!).  The sprint race under weight for age conditions is the antithesis of the historic Caulfield Cup but has attracted very strong interest from the participants in the racing industry and the public generally.

The line-up of horses has understandably attracted the best sprinters in the nation with all Everest lot owners, trainers and horse owners doing their best to win the record amount of prize money. The expected soft track conditions at Royal Randwick will make it an interesting affair with top weight Nature Strip trained by champion trainer Chris Waller and ridden by top Sydney jockey James McDonald the relatively short-priced favourite (and my tip). No doubt the Hawks trained Masked Crusader, ridden by Tommy Berry, will be pressing claims, (as will Classique Legend ridden by Kerrin McEvoy) with the very popular Gytrash having a strong claim with victories over Nature Strip. The Snowden trained Wild Ruler may also be a chance in the wet conditions at long odds.

Whatever the case, the race will be sure to attract plenty of attention across the nation and all eyes will be glued to the screens when the horses jump at 3.15pm QLD time.

Aquis Park – Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday – Caulfield Cup & The Everest

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to be a long-term corporate sponsor of Aquis Park – The Gold Coast Turf Club. We are excited to see the line-up for the upcoming races this weekend.   

There is a full card of 8 races at the Gold Coast and it will be a heavy track due to the recent storms and heavy rain that we have experienced on the Gold Coast this week. Fine weather is predicted later in the day for Friday and on Saturday, so we are all hopeful that the meeting will proceed, and a full day’s racing will be able to thrill the large crowds expected at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers will have a contingent watching the race from the Corporate Suites and be will be cheering trackside.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are Equine and Racing Law Specialists

We are one of the few law firms that have a specialist team that practice exclusively in equine, thoroughbred breeding and racing law. Our senior lawyers are heavily involved with the racing industry and have hands on experience in breeding thoroughbred horses.

Our expert Equine and Racing Lawyers operate from our conveniently located offices at CoolangattaRobina Town CentreKingscliffBrisbaneSydney and Melbourne.

If you are involved in the equine or racing industry, we can help you with:

  • Compensation claims for injured staff and jockeys
  • Stallion and racehorse syndications
  • Appeals for trainers and jockeys
  • Business structuring for breeders and owners
  • Taxation advice and ATO racing industry audits
  • Litigation for contract disputes (ownership disputes, syndicate leases etc.)

If you have a thoroughbred breeding, racing or equine law enquiry, please contact Equine Law Department Manager, Amanda Heather, on direct line 07 5506 8245, email aheather@attwoodmarshall.comau or free call 1800 621 071 at any time.

Last year's Caulfield Cup winner, Very Elleegant, ridden by Mark Zahra. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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