2017 Caulfield Guineas – Preview and Tips

Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Tips 1600m

The Caulfield Guineas is the first blue riband race for three-year-olds, and this year, they are racing for a whopping $2 million purse. No wonder we’ve got a full field of sixteen runners.

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It’s the feature event on what is an action-packed race day at Caulfield this Saturday. Four Group 1 races on the card, with the three-year-olds (both colts and fillies) strutting their stuff in their respective races. Here are the assembled sixteen runners.

Caulfield Guineas, 1600m, 3yo, Saturday 14 Oct 2017

1 THE MISSION, P Perry, B Mertens, 11, 56.5kg
2 SUMMER PASSAGE, L O’Sullivan & A Scott, G Boss, 17, 56.5kg SCR
3 AZAZEL, T McEvoy, L Currie, 4, 56.5kg
4 SIRCCONI, P Morgan, L Meech, 13. 56.5kg
5 SHOWTIME, Team Hawkes, D Oliver, 1, 56.5kg
6 ROYAL SYMPHONY, T McEvoy, D Dunn, 9, 56.5kg
7 GOLD STANDARD, G Waterhouse & A Bott, S Baster, 6. 56.5kg
8 PERAST, P Perry, B Melham, 2, 56.5kg
9 SANCTIONED, J Cummings, G Schofield, 16, 56.5kg
10 AL PASSEM, K Keys, N/A, 12, 56.5kg
11 KEMENTARI, J Cummings, D Lane, 10, 56.5kg
12 ECLAIR SUNSHINE, P Stokes, L Nolen, 14, 56.5kg
13 SALSAMOR, T Busuttin & N Young, B Rawiller, 8, 56.5kg
14 LEVENDI, P Gelagotis, A Darmanin, 7, 56.5kg
15 HOLY SNOW, M Price, M Dee, 15, 56.5kg
16 CATCHY, D & B Hayes & T Dabernig, M Zahra, 3, 54.5kg
17e MIGHTY BOSS, M Price, M Walker, 5, 56.5kg

Likely favourite will be Tony McEvoy’s stable-star Royal Symphony. Four wins from five starts, his only unplaced run was a fourth in the Guineas Prelude two weeks ago. That dented his reputation slightly, and many of the colts who raced that day line up here. This time the field is very evenly balanced, and come race-time, the betting odds might shift around considerably. $4.20

I do like both Godolphin horses in the race; the first of which is Sanctioned. This bloke ran in last week’s Spring Championship Stakes and was involved in a running battle with Sully at the top of the straight. Sanctioned finished fourth, Sully found the line a bit better to finish third. Still, it was a good run, but the first two: Ace High and Tangled were having their own personal battle. If a week’s back-up doesn’t take too much out of him, I’d consider making him my roughie of the race. $26.00

Stablemate Kementari looks like he’ll be right up the betting order judging by the SP’s put up. Not quite sure why to be honest. He’s only lightly raced, one win out of four, while some of his rivals will probably have the jump on him experience wise. Usual rider Kerrin McEvoy is in Sydney for The Everest; Damian Lane gets the call-up. $5.00

The Sydney colt Gold Standard is another horse on the rise. I have a good feeling about this bloke, and maybe Gai Waterhouse and her team will pick up a victory somewhere along the way this weekend. Ran fourth in the Golden Rose three weeks ago, and should be primed and ready for a Caulfield assault. Keep safe. Steve Baster to ride. $9.50

The Hayes/Dabernig filly Catchy is the exception to the rule in this race. She’s lining up against the boys instead of the girls in the Schweppes Thousand Guineas. I’ll put that decision down to the prizemoney differential.. lol! From an inside draw, she’ll have an ideal channel forward, if she can keep out of trouble. Not quite sure she can win this (her odds say otherwise), but her class is without question. $4.60

Newcastle visitor Perast returned to the winners’ circle last start, taking out the Guineas Prelude as the recognised trial for this race. That followed a disappointing seventh in the Golden Rose up in Sydney. You’d have to take that last-start win into account, his SP could creep in by race-time as nervous punters jump all around the betting odds. Maybe a chance in your first-fours? $10.00

Paul Perry’s other runner in the race is The Mission. A Group 1 winner already, with the ATC Champagne Stakes under his belt, his recent form hasn’t been anything to write home about. At long odds and justifiably so. $41.00

A horse we do need to investigate is the Busittin/Young entrant Salsamor. From all the talk coming out of Cranbourne, this youngster could possibly be better than Trent and Natalie’s other stable prospects including: Sully, Wassergeist, Main Stage, Johnny Vinko and Rene. A last start second in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes sees this lightly raced son of Tavistock come into the frame. I’ll be putting some money on this bloke. Expect his odds to come in by race-time. $21.00

Talking of the Stutt Stakes, the winner of that race Showtime had only broken maiden ranks just six weeks ago. Though a good win, he might find the level of competition a bit tougher here, as everyone will be racing for the main prize. $11.00

Winner
Gold Standard $9.50

Trifecta
Gold Standard, Royal Symphony, Catchy

Best Roughie
Salsamor $21.00

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