The Khan is King

Cambridge superstar Mongolian Khan (Opie Bosson) winning the Caulfield Cup. (Photo: MRC).

Cambridge superstar Mongolian Khan (Opie Bosson) winning the Caulfield Cup. (Photo: MRC).

Mongolian Khan gave New Zealanders and a serious Chinese investor the biggest Melbourne Cup boost when beating a star-studded international line-up in the Gr. 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield today.

Owned by Mr Lang Lin’s Inner Mongolia Rider Horse NZ Ltd, Mongolian Khan had the weight of more than just his connections on his shoulders as he was the outright favourite in the A$3 million 2400-metre feature after his eye-catching run for third to Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes.

Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were confident Mongolian Khan wouldn’t let them down and the handsome four-year-old lived right up to expectations, adding the Caulfield Cup to his NZ and Australian Derby wins.

Regular rider Opie Bosson had Mongolian Khan settled beautifully in seventh spot outside Volkstok’n’barrel and moved him up to challenge with 500 metres to run. Soon after he took command and though Trip To Paris tried hard, he was simply too strong.

“Opie rode him a treat,” said Baker. “He went for home and made it a staying test and he (Mongolian Khan) just kept kicking.”

For Baker, it was his first Caulfield Cup win after seconds with Nom Du Jeu and Harris Tweed and a third with The Phantom. And it was also a first in the race for Bosson, who was glowing in his report on Mongolian Khan.

“He just lobbed beautifully and relaxed and didn’t touch the bit,” said Bosson. “He cruised into it when I wanted to. The 2400 metres, he just eats it up. He just loves staying. Look out in the Melbourne Cup!”

Bosson credits Mongolian Khan for giving him his biggest highs in a very successful career.

“He’s taken me to my biggest heights in racing and this is by far my biggest thrill in racing,” he said.

Mongolian Khan became the first New Zealand winner of the Caulfield Cup since Cambridge mare Ethereal in 2001 and now he will attempt to follow in her footsteps and complete the Cups double in the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.