2011 Caulfield Guineas Field Takes Shape

August 15th, 2011

With the early season black-types in Sydney and Melbourne starting to take place ahead of the spring carnival, the hopeful three-year-olds heading towards a start in the Caulfield Guineas 2011 field are now emerging and putting their Guineas potential on show.

The best way for punters to get a good guide on the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the feature race at Caulfield on October 8, is to watch for the top performers in the start-of-spring showdowns and then to back them in the generous futures Caulfield Guineas odds at Luxbet.

Darci Be Good is a double-figure roughie in the Caulfield Guineas odds but could prove to be one of the best value Luxbet selections of the season!

Last Saturday a number of exciting gallopers surfaced as genuine Guineas contenders with winning runs at Caulfield.

One was the Bede Murray-trained Darci Be Good who claimed a tidy first-up win in the $70,000 Club Liverpool Handicap (1400m).

Ridden by ace hoop Nash Rawiller, the Kiwi-bred Darci Brahma colt secured their second career win from four starts after Darci Be Good broke their maiden status by winning the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) at Randwick back on April 16.

“The Fernhill has a record of throwing up some pretty good horses and hopefully it stays that way,” Murray said.

Saturday was their first look at the Rosehill track and connections are hoping their good showing is an indication of better things to come after they threw Darci Be Good into the 2011 Caulfield Guineas nominations last month.

“He is nominated for the Guineas and hopefully he will go to the better races like the Spring Champion Stakes,” Murray said of the horse’s ambitious spring crusade.

The $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) runs at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day on October 1 during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Caulfield Guineas odds are currently lead by the $8 co-favourites Smart Missile and Helmet while Darci Be Good sits as a $51 roughie.

Another top elect in the 2011 Caulfield Guineas betting markets is the John O’Shea-trained colt Foxwedge who is paying $14 despite being in doubt come acceptance stage.

The untapped son of Fastnet Rock showed their potential as a Group One horse by winning the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) upon resuming at Rosehill on Saturday.

Having their first run since finishing unplaced behind superstar Sepoy in the Golden Slipper last season, Foxwedge saluted as the odds-on favourite in the San Domenico Stakes on the weekend beating home the Peter Snowden-trained filly Anise by a half-length while Magic Millions winner Karuta Queen crossed for third.

While Foxwedge is heading towards a run in the season’s opening Group 1 race, the 2011 Golden Rose at Rosehill on September 10, there is still a chance they may also head to Victoria for the first time for the Caulfield Guineas.

O’Shea explained that the more suitable Melbourne aim would be the Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight on Victoria Derby Day, October 29, where a clash with Sepoy would be on the cards, but that he would let the horse’s form dictate their programme.

“Danehill’s progeny do run so well down the straight and Caulfield can be difficult first time around for Sydney horses, so I’m looking at freshening him up after the Golden Rose and going for the straight race (the Coolmore),” O’Shea said.

“But you never rule anything out this early on.”

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