by Andrew Gigacz


Every punter has their own method of picking winners during the Spring Racing Carnival. Some look at factors such as the weather, form and the horses’ weights. Others look at barriers, distance and which jockeys are on board. There are many factors that come into play. I like to take a slightly outside-the-square approach. Here’s my take on this year’s Caulfield Cup.

A lot of money has come in for December Draw but the Mark Kavanagh-trained horse has history against him. Only once has there been a Caulfield Cup winner that starts with the letter “D” and contains two words, and that was way back in 1931 when Denis Boy saluted.

The Anthony Freedman-trained import Lucas Cranach has also been well backed but, while there have been four two-worded Caulfield Cup winners starting with the letter “L”, there has only ever been one Cup winner that’s had a five-letter first word and a seven-letter second word. That was Grace Darling way back in 1885.

There have been nine Caulfield Cup winners starting with S and containing two words, more than any other combination. This bodes well for Southern Speed.

But perhaps the horse with the most going for it is the top-weight, Mighty High. There have been 15 winners of the Caulfield Cup that have started with the letter “M”, more than any other; eight of these have contained two words. Moreover, five previous winners have been two-worded horses with six letters in the first word and four in the second, just as Mighty High has. To top it all off, both a “Mighty” and a “High” have won the Cup. Mighty Kingdom won in 1979 and High Syce took the Cup in 1929.


The news that the Western Bulldogs’ Sam Reid has been traded to GWS sets up an interesting scenario. With the AFL hinting at the possibility of a season-opener between the league’s newest team and the other team from the harbour city, we may see the 2012 season kick off with Greater Western Sydney (including Sam Reid) versus Sydney (including Sam Reid). Perhaps that might give rise to a more inspired naming of the league’s newest derby than this year’s “Q-Clash”. The two Sydney sides could battle it out for the Sam Reid Cup.


With young gun Jaeger O’Meara having been snapped up by the Gold Coast, another piece of the Suns’ long-term puzzle has fallen into place. Although only 17, the hopes are that O’Meara will become part of a long and successful era for Guy McKenna’s team. Fitting then that JAEGER O’MEARA is an anagram of GEE, A MAJOR ERA.


It’s drawn very wide, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Absolutely could take out today’s Caulfield Cup. If the four-year-old mare manages to win the Cup, it would certainly give connections something to yell about. Which makes it all the more appropriate that ABSOLUTELY is an anagram of YELLS ABOUT.

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About Andrew Gigacz

Well, here we are. The Bulldogs have won a flag. What do I do now?


  1. Love the idea of the Sam Reid Cup. Can West Coast and Geelong play for the Mitch Brown Cup and West Coast and Sydney for the Josh Kennedy Cup (previously played between Carlton and Hawthorn)? It is unfortunately too late to stage the Nathan Brown Cup – a three way competition between Richmond, Melbourne and Collingwood.

  2. My circle of friends refer to the Qld teams meetings as the ‘Sunshine Stoush’.

    Q clash is tragic…

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