Thu, Oct 9, 11:29am by Daryl Curnow
THIS week we look at the big Group One action this Saturday at Caulfield which includes the Caulfield Stakes, 1000 Guineas, Toorak Handicap and the Caulfield Guineas. We will feature the latest news from these races and look towards the major races in the spring carnival. Without forgetting Sydney’s major races, we take a look at the Group One Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick where First Seal takes on the boys.
Blake Shinn has come a long way in the past few years and landing a plum ride on Swaynesse is credit to that, but having partnered the $1.85 favourite First Seal in her last two wins won’t count for much this Saturday. He partnered First Seal in last Saturday’s Group One Flight Stakes but due to his prior commitment with Godolphin, Shinn will line up with the unbeaten Swaynesse instead.
The unusual circumstance leaves Shinn riding Swaynesse who has remained unbeaten in four starts and he’s anything but a step down, but Shinn is fully aware of the danger First Seal brings.
“First Seal is my main danger on Saturday, she was great at Group One level last time,” he said.
“May the best horse win.”
Swaynesse, trained by John O’Shea, has looked very impressive in four starts and despite his alternative route to this race, he will be very tough to beat.
“He’s an impressive horse and been trained to the minute,” said Shinn. “We’ve drawn favourably in barrier three and I’m very excited to be on him.”
Swaynesse showed his class last time out with a win in the Group Three Gloaming Stakes and in doing so he became only the third son of Lonhro to win a stakes race in Australia over 1600 metres. He has shown good ability to sit off the pace and finish over the field – the extra distance this Saturday shouldn’t worry him and Shinn agrees.
“He settles very well and has good stamina. The way he finished off last time, I don’t think the 2000 metres should be any problem.”
Current market – available at BetEasy.com.au
Swaynesse – $3.80
Valentia – $19
Panzer Division – $7
Hampton Court – $17
Pounamu – $26
Lie Direct – $101
Drum Roll – $151
First Seal – $1.85 at BetEasy.com.au
Press Report – $26
Trainer Colin Scott is hoping for a change of luck with Speediness ahead of Group One Toorak Handicap this Saturday.
Speediness has contested a Group One on eight occasions but has yet to achieve the highest glory in racing. Scott believes it has been largely due to bad luck which has kept his runner from the winning enclosure.
“He’s beaten the best in the country in races but he’s just been luckless when it comes to winning them,” Scott said.
“It’s a matter of having the luck on the day and we just don’t get it. He drew 16 of 16 last year and 14 of 16 in the Rupert Clarke.
“Had we known it was going to be a good 2 track, we probably wouldn’t have run but it’s an age old argument. On firmer tracks he’s just not going to cop it and he’s going to look after himself.”
Speediness is usually well backed in the market for the major races and he has been specked in the market for the Toorak Handicap. Bookmakers opened him at $16 and he has been backed into $15.
Last start winner Arabian Gold holds favouritism at $5.50 over this seasons boom horse Trust in a Gust at $6.
Other notable runners:
Commanding Jewel – $8
Bull Point – $7
Solicit – $6 at Sportsbet.com.au
Atlante – $10
Akavoroun – $17
Rich Enuff’s wins have been so dominant that Price has scratched his head as to how his chance will defeat the favourite.
“Maybe 1600 metres could be a weakness but we are clutching at straws to get him beaten,” he said. “I am happy with my horse’s preparation but on what you see, where is the weakness with Rich Enuff?”
Moonovermanhatten was deemed unlucky to not finish closer to Almalad in the Group Two Bill Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley after getting blocked for a run twice during the run.
“He should have finished closer because Almalad went coasting around the outside and it was a race that did have a bit of carnage,” Price said.
“We were there and partly involved in the trouble but he’s trained on very well. He’s a big, strong horse and the mile will suit him and I think he can run in the money.”
Moonovermanhatten is a $26 chance to win the Caulfield Guineas. Rich Enuff is currently paying $2.60 after opening at $2.70.
We think Rich Enuff is a special animal – take the $2.60 at Beteasy.com.au.
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