Smart Missile Shoots to Top of 2011 Caulfield Guineas Odds

August 31st, 2011

Following the Rosehill race results from last Saturday, the Anthony Cummings-trained Smart Missile has shot to the top of the ante-post betting markets for the Caulfield Guineas 2011 overtaking Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winner Helmet.

Australia’s premier online bookmaker Luxbet slashed their price on Fastnet Rock colt Smart Missile to win the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8 after the three-year-old kept their flawless career record intact with a blistering win in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) in Sydney.

Coming from last to first thanks to an explosive late burst inside the final 200 metres, Smart Missile was able to beat home the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge by a quarter length while Helmet was a further length away third.

Smart Missile, who is also clear favourite to win the 2011 Golden Rose on September 10 before travelling to Victoria for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, is now the $5 favourite in Caulfield Guineas betting.

Top jockey Glen Boss, aboard Smart Missile last Saturday, was blown away by their ability and tipped them as the horse to beat in any race they contest this prep.

“You have seen the birth of a superstar,” Boss said.

“I’ve never ridden a horse that could do something like that.

“It was like he was Usain Bolt.

“I used to rate his sire Fastnet Rock as the best three-year-old sprinter I’d ridden, but this colt is better.

“He’s a freak.”

There is still plenty to like about Helmet and their drifting Caulfield Guineas odds despite the Exceed And Excel colt’s first-up defeat.

Snowden has always said that Helmet will be at their best once stepped up to the mile and beyond, the maturing galloper having won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over the Randwick mile back in April adding a second elite level to their record following an earlier victory in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

Other three-year-olds at the top end of the Caulfield Guineas 2011 odds include:

  • Moment Of Change: Peter Moody’s up-and-coming colt made an incredible debut at Murtoa on August 27, winning their maiden by a commanding 10 lengths in a time of 1:9.8. Bookies reacted immediately, Moment Of Change in from odds of around $40 to $15 to win the Caulfield Guineas.
  • Manawanui: Progressive Oratorio gelding from the Sydney stables of Ron Leemon, stepped up to stakes company for the first time on August 20 to beat a quality field in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm by a smart four and a half lengths.
  • Do You Think: Prepared by maestro trainer Bart Cummings, this well-bred Starcraft colt by Danehill mare Chickens has plenty of potential but is a market drifter in Guineas odds after running a first-up fifth behind Golden Archer in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last weekend.

Caulfield Guineas first declarations will be taken next Tuesday, September 6, narrowing the list of hopefuls heading towards the million dollar showdown.

Now is the time to get in on the generous prices available at Luxbet on all the 2011 Caulfield Guineas entries before prices firm over the coming weeks.

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