The Waller trained colt will be looking to emulate his sire Redoute's Choice as a winner of the Caulfield Guineas. Already a dual Group 1 winner from just five starts, the colt will be looking to become the first to claim the Golden Rose/Guineas double. After a three-start campaign as a 2YO that saw him remain undefeated, his preparation came to a close with victory in the G1 JJ Atkins at Doomben at 1600m when finishing too strongly down the centre of course on a track rated a heavy 8. A beaten favourite when resuming over 1500m in the G2 Stan Fox Stakes, when1.4 lengths from the winner Tarka, he bounced back strongly in the Golden Rose. Settling at the rear of the nine horse field he was steaming home and had too much on the line to score by a neck over stablemate Zousain. This will be his first time the left-handed Melbourne way of going which always poses somewhat of a query, especially at The Heath. James McDonald secured the ride with Kerrin McEvoy booked to ride in Sydney.
The only filly in the field, the daughter of I Am Invincible was able to shrug off perhaps one of the most unwanted tags in racing of the best maiden in the country. It was in fine style that she removed that tag too, when breaking her maiden status at the elite level by claiming the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick. After a strong 2YO season that realised placings in the Blue Diamond, Preview, Prelude and Stakes, the Golden Slipper and the Sires Produce, Tony McEvoy sent the filly for a spell. Resuming in the Silver Shadow as the favourite, the 1200m was perhaps a bit too sharp when 1.7 lengths from the winner Fiesta. Second-up in the Furious Stakes again at 1200m, she once again finished the same margin from the winner. Ridden closer to the speed in the Tea Rose, the filly gave every indication that the mile will be the ideal trip and at her next start in the G1 Flight Stakes, she proved just that when attacking the line strongly from well back to arrive on the line to defeat Fiesta. The only G1 winner outside of The Autumn Sun, she has the X-Factor.
Gem Song has yet to miss a placing in five career starts and will be facing the toughest test to date in his career. This will be the first time the colt has taken on Group company and he does so at the elite level. A winner in two appearances at 2YO at set weights and then a handicap with 58kg, trainer Kris Lees put the colt away for the season following the 1100m Rosehill victory. Given two trials to prepare for his return, he stepped out as a 3YO in a BM76 at 1300m as the ruling favourite and under 56kg could only manage a 1.2 length 3rd. Dropped back to a BM72 but up to 59.5kg at Rosehill, he was near the rear as they swung for home and let down strongly to arrive for a narrow victory. Stepped up to Black-type in the Listed Dulcify, he was allotted 59kg and there was plenty to like about the way he found the line at his first attempt at the mile. Craig Williams takes the ride and will be after his first Caulfield Guineas victory.
The Weir trained chestnut has missed a placing just once in five appearances at The Heath, that 'miss' coming at his second career start when finishing mid-field after setting the pace in a 2YO set weights and penalties event. Since that run he has been able to secure two placings in two wins from four outings, with both wins at Group level. The Sepoy colt had just one start in his 2YO term when finishing a two length 3rd to the star Written By in the Blue Diamond Prelude when finding the line strongly. Resuming in the G3 Vain Stakes at 1100m, he was ridden closer to the speed and fought strongly to the line with the zippy Tony Nicconi taking the win. Second-up into the McNeil Stakes and from the widest gate of the 15 horse field dictated the race to score a commanding 2.75 length victory. Stating fav in the Danehill down the Flemington straight next start, the effort was sound from the front and then at his latest start appreciated getting back around a bend to take the Guineas Prelude.
As the name suggests, this race is held at Caulfield and is restricted to 3 Year Olds. Run over 1600m the race is conducted under set weights with colts and geldings carrying 56.5kg and fillies 54.5kg. Holding G1 status since 1979, the race has been won by some richly talented types. The race is regarded as a ‘stallion making race’, with many winners of this race going on to be successful commercial sires.
The race is one of three G1 Guineas races on the Australian calendar over 1600m- along with the Rosehill and Australian Guineas with the Caulfield Guineas version being the richest. First held in 1881 when taken out by Wheateater, the race has been consistently held over the 1600m (mile) distance.
Following substantial boosts in stakes, in 2018 the Caulfield Guineas will be offering $2 million in prizemoney, the winner will receive $1,200,000. In 2017 the Mick Price trained Mighty Boss was successful, ridden by Michael Walker. Other past winners include Press Statement, All Too Hard, Weekend Hussler, Lonhro, Mahogany, Manikato and Surround.
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|Date:||Saturday 13th October 2018|
|Race Time:||17:15 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO SW|
|2017 Winner:||Mighty Boss|
|2018 Caulfield Guineas Odds|
|2014||Shooting To Win|
|2012||All Too Hard|