Mighty High's Cup flop mystifies Moore and fans

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am


The biggest bubbles of expectation popped noisily in yesterday's A$2.5 million Caulfield Cup in Melbourne and John Moore-trained Mighty High was right amongst them with a dismal second last.

Mighty High's performance was in contrast to the confidence behind him both from Moore and punters, with the gelding the best-backed to beat December Draw - the shortest-priced Caulfield Cup favourite for 40 years and the only horse Mighty High beat home.

Both Moore and jockey Darren Beadman were mystified by the run after Mighty High led to the home turn then simply caved in, with Southern Speed, an Australian-bred four-year-old mare trained in Adelaide and ridden by Craig Williams, eventually winning comfortably.

'Darren said he was travelling very easily at the 1000m and he thought he was a real chance of winning it,' Moore said. 'But he got to the corner and as soon as a horse came up next to him he was gone. He came back and trotted up all right so it wasn't an injury. He's going to the hospital so the vets can scope him and we try to work out what happened. Until we know that, we can't say what the next move will be.'