The 2011 Caulfield Guineas has been named as one of the major Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival goals for Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winning colt Helmet.
One of last season’s most eye-catching juveniles, Exceed And Excel colt Helmet played a major part in Snowden and the Darley Racing’s Group 1 two-year-old clean-sweep, the talented galloper winning four of their five career starts to date including the 2011 AJC Sires Produce Stakes and 2011 Champagne Stakes.
Now Helmet, as well as his star Blue Diamond Stakes – Golden Slipper winning stablemate Sepoy, is set to return to the Australian horse racing scene with Snowden aiming to repeat his success in the premier three-year-old Sydney and Melbourne Spring features.
While Sepoy will stick to the spring sprints and bypass the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas 2011 at Caulfield Racecourse on October 8, Helmet has been confirmed for the 1600 metre set-weights showdown.
“He’ll kick off with two runs in Sydney, maybe taking in the Golden Rose, and then come to Melbourne for the Guineas Prelude and then Guineas,” Snowden said of Helmet’s 2011 Spring Carnival campaign.
The 2011 Golden Rose is the elite three-year-olds race during the Sydney Spring Carnival, the $1 million feature to run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on September 10.
The best lead-up race to the Caulfield Guineas is the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), and this race always provides an excellent guide for punters that want to get in early at Luxbet and back their choice for the Caulfield Guineas winner.
The 2011 Caulfield Guineas Prelude will run on September 9, and Helmet will be out to emulate last year’s champion Anacheeva who won the Prelude – Guineas double for trainer Peter Moody.
Helmet is set to be the leading entry when the 2011 Caulfield Guineas Nominations are taken on Tuesday August 2.
Caulfield Guineas pre-field betting markets will also open around this time at Australia’s leading bookmaker Luxbet.
The list of Caulfield Guineas hopefuls will be narrowed down on September 6 with the first declarations, followed by the second declaration stage on September 20 and then finally the Caulfield Guineas 2011 Final Field of acceptances will be released on Tuesday October 4.
But don’t wait until the Guineas Field is confirmed to place your spring bets!
Head to Luxbet now and open an account to be the first to back the spring carnival winners at the best odds.