A full field of 18 plus four emergencies has been declared for the $3 million Caulfield Cup.

Leading trainer Chris Waller will have three runners – Who Shot Thebarman, Grand Marshal and Royal Descent – while Kris Lees will saddle up 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and last year’s Caulfield Cup third placegetter Lucia Valentina.

Of the three Waller runners, Who Shot Thebarman (21) and Royal Descent (22) drew the two widest gates at Tuesday afternoon’s barrier draw, while Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal drew well with barrier six.

Japanese stayer Fame Game has shortened in the betting after drawing the inside barrier, but Mongolian Khan remains a clear top pick for Saturday’s race over 2,400 metres.

Mongolian Khan firmed into favouritism for the Cup after finishing behind Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes last Saturday but eased slightly after drawing nine and is now the $4.80 favourite.

Fame Game, to be ridden by Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton, firmed from $10 to $9 after drawing barrier one that had his trainer Yoshitada Munakata offering a big smile.

Fellow Japanese galloper Hokko Brave did not fare so well in the draw coming up with barrier 19 and eased out to $14 after being $11 before the draw.

Caulfield Cup 2,400m – 5:40pm Saturday (AEDT)

1PROTECTIONISTBrenton Avdulla1258kg$35
2SNOW SKYDamien Oliver358kg$11
3FAME GAMEZac Purton157kg$10
4OUR IVANHOWEBen Melham1756kg$31
5HOKKO BRAVECraig Williams1955.5kg$14
6MONGOLIAN KHANOpie Bosson955kg$4.20
7TRIP TO PARISTommy Berry555kg$21
8WHO SHOT THEBARMANBlake Shinn2154.5kg$31
9GRAND MARSHALJim Cassidy653.5kg$31
10ROYAL DESCENTGlen Boss2253.5kg$18
11VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELLCraig Newitt1153.5kg$26
12HAURAKIJames McDonald1453kg$9
13LUCIA VALENTINADwayne Dunn2053kg$51
14RISING ROMANCEDamian Lane253kg$12
15MAGICOOLJames Winks1552kg$151
16GUST OF WINDChad Schofield1351kg$19
17SET SQUAREKerrin McEvoy1651kg$9
18MAGNAPALDean Yendall1850kg$41
19QUEST FOR MOREGlyn Schofield853.5kg$51


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