Tue, Oct 10, 9:33am by Staff Writer
The 2017 Group One Caulfield Guineas will be run on Saturday 14 October and is a $2 million, premier racing event for three-year old colts and geldings.
The Caulfield Guineas is a 1600 metre race run at the Caulfield Racecourse, held a week prior to the much-anticipated Caulfield Cup.
This Group One event has traditionally featured top quality horses including Vain, Surround, Manikato and Mahogany to name a few.
Historically, this race has seen a short-priced, standout colt or gelding lead the betting, with this year appearing to be the exception.
It is a three horse race, with Royal Symphony ($4.50), Kementari ($4.80) and Catchy ($4.80) leading the betting at Sportsbet.
Over the past three decades, only 11 favourites have won this race and it is not unforeseen for odds-on favourites to lose, with the likes of Rich Enuff in 2014 being one such example.
After suffering his first defeat last Sunday, Tony McEvoy-trained Royal Symphony has earned favouritism, despite a blemish to his unbeaten track.
Next-best Kementari is a colt trained by James Cummings, with one career win so far, the $100,000 at Royal Randwick in late May. Traditionally running 1400m races, the 1600m is a step up for this colt, who is expected to fair well at the greater distance.
Catchy, a Hayes & Dabernig trained filly has won at Group One level before, amassing over $1 million in prize money to date.
Her most prestigious with was the Blue Diamond Stakes in February, when she was ridden by Craig Williams.
With the all important barrier draw to follow in the coming days, it’s worth noting that barrier one has produced four Caulfield Guineas winners between 2009-16, including last years winner, Divine Prophet.
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