There are just 40 days to go until the 2010 Caulfield Cup final field jumps, and it has been revealed the champion-forming stable Godolphin is unlikely to have a runner.
The stable won the 2008 Caulfield Cup with All The Good, and is considered a powerhouse centre when it comes to producing strong runners.
Holberg was the horse expected to carry the royal blue colours of Godolphin in the 2010 Caulfield Cup, but will instead run in a Group Three event at Ascot, England.
The son of Halling ran second in the Group Three September Stakes (2400m) – his first up jump of the season – and will run in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2400m) on September 26 at Ascot.
The Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said the 2010 Caulfield Cup is almost certainly out of the question, while a decision has not yet been made as to whether or not Holberg will travel for the 2010 Melbourne Cup.
All international runners targeting the 2010 Caulfield Cup prizemoney must be in quarantine by this weekend to satisfy the compulsory two week period in quarantine necessary to race in Australia.
The first flight of European runners is set to land in Melbourne on September 25, where the horses will then spend three weeks in quarantine in the Werribee facility to round off the requirements.
Currently topping the odds for the 2010 Caulfield Cup is the Blevic gelding Moudre at $10 with Ladbrokes.com.au.