Thu, Oct 12, 3:36pm by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing heads to Caulfield for the first of three consecutive meetings at the track with the Blue Sapphire on Wednesday followed by Caulfield Cup day next week. This weekend the rail is in the true position and the track is a good-4.
The Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is one of four Group 1’s on the day with Royal Symphony ($3.90) holding favouritism for the race. He made his debut at Pakenham back in May with his next three starts being at Flemington – all which he won. He met defeat for the first time last start when fourth in the Group 3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) but that might be valuable track experience for him come Saturday.
Kementari ($5) skipped the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) in preference for a campaign geared towards the Guineas and he comes into this off a good third to Perast ($10) in the Prelude.
Catchy ($4.80) is the lone filly in the race and she’s drawn well in barrier three. A G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) winner at the track she’s won five from eight and comes here off a third – beaten 0.5L – against the fillies at her most recent run.
Gold Standard ($10) was a G2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) winner two starts ago then dropped back to the 1400m of the Golden Rose when fourth to Trapeze Artist at his last run. Sanctioned ($26) drops back from the 2000m of the G1 Spring Champion last week. Eclair Sunshine ($31) was pipped on the line by Royal Symphony two starts back and he was fifth in the Prelude last start.
Team Hawkes won this race last year with Divine Prophet and they line up with Showtime ($13) in this year’s edition. He’s won from two from his last three with his last start being an impression three-quarter length win in the G2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m). Salsamor ($21) and Holy Snow ($26) ran the placings in the Bill Stutt and they also line up here.
A field of eight have accepted in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) with Alize ($2.15) down from Sydney and a short-price favourite for the race. She’s been super impressive in her last two runs, her most recent win being a Group 1 Flight stakes over this distance.
Shoals ($4) has won four from five career starts with her last start being when second – beaten a nose – in the lead-up to the Guineas. Booker ($6.50) won that race and her record reads two wins and three placings from her five career starts.
Aloisa ($12) is second-up from a break and she ran second in the G1 JJ Atkins (1600m) during the Brisbane winter. She was fifth when fresh behind Leather’n’lace ($12) who is on the back-up here after third when favourite last week in the G2 Edward Manifold (1600m).
Bonneval ($3) and Hartnell ($3.10) are fighting out favouritism in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) with Bonneval getting the better of the Godolphin-trained gelding last start in the Group 1 Underwood (1800m). She’s won six in a row now – with three of those at Group 1 level – while Hartnell has a win and five seconds from his last seven starts. Johannes Vermeer ($21) and The Taj Mahal ($14) for Aiden O’Brien, and Riven Light ($15) for Willie Mullins bring a European flavour into the race.
Suggested Bet: Having a throw at the stumps with Lucky Hussler ($16, race 5, number 1). His best days are no doubt behind him but aside from his Magic Millions runs, he hasn’t been outside of Group level racing for quite a long time. He hasn’t looked like winning at his past two but third-up last campaign in the G1 Futurity – at this track and distance – he ran fifth to Black Heart Bart and Tosen Stardom beaten just over 1.5L. If he can repeat that run or recapture a glimpse of his old form, he’s worth an each-way ticket.
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