An eight-horse final field of three-year-olds have been accepted for the 2011 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday, October 8, race favourite Helmet suffering a setback after drawing the far outside barrier.
Leading the ante-post betting markets at Luxbet for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) this year since their commanding three and a half length victory in the Prelude on September 24, the Peter Snowden-trained Helmet has their work cut out for them on Saturday from barrier eight of eight if they are to add a third elite level title to their already impressive race record.
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Prior to the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Exceed And Excel colt Helmet ran third in the Group 1 Golden Rose in Sydney and the two horses that beat him home that day are also engaged for the Caulfield Guineas 2011.
Golden Rose winner Manawanui will jump from an ideal barrier three draw with Glyn Schofield in the mount on Saturday, the Ron Leemon-trained Oratorio gelding coming off an all-too-easy victory over four inferior rivals in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
Meanwhile, Anthony Cumming’s Golden Rose runner-up Smart Missile will look to finally break their Group 1 maiden this weekend.
The talented son of Fastnet Rock was the beaten favourite when running 10th to Toorak Toff in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last-start, their horror barrier 17 draw ruining their chances in what was their Melbourne race debut.
Smart Missile will advantage from a much nicer gate two draw for the Caulfield Guineas and back against his own age is sure to have plenty of admirers in the Luxbet markets for the weekend’s drawcard event.
Another galloper that is high-up the Caulfield Guineas betting odds at Luxbet is Chase The Rainbow, Rick Hore-Lacy’s ultra consistent Dash For Cash colt seeking back-to-back Group wins in just eight days having won last Friday night’s Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Meanwhile, the horses that finished two-three behind Helmet in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude last start have also both been accepted for the Caulfield Guineas 2011 field.
Prelude runner-up Secret Hills has drawn the inside alley, but will need to improve around three lengths here to be competitive, while third placegetter, the Anthony Freedman-trained Specter has claims having previously defeated both Chase The Rainbow and Secret Hills at Flemington last month.
Finishing off the list of 2011 Caulfield Guineas acceptances are Peter Moody’s Hugeill who won a midweek race at Sandown last-start and roughie of the field and betting at Luxbet, the John Symon-trained General Offer.
The full The Age Caulfield Guineas 2011 field and barriers can be found below.
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2011 The Age Caulfield Guineas Field, Barriers & Jockeys
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||311X111||MANAWANUI||Ron Leemon||Glyn Schofield||3||56.5kg||104|
|2||3X1111X331||HELMET||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||56.5kg||104|
|3||1X1X120||SMART MISSILE||Anthony Cummings||–||2||56.5kg||104|
|4||01121||CHASE THE RAINBOW||Rick Hore-Lacy||Dean Yendall||7||56.5kg||93|
|5||1X213||SPECTER||Anthony Freedman||Nicholas Hall||6||56.5kg||84|
|6||8X11X332||SECRET HILLS||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||1||56.5kg||80|
|7||3X511||HUEGILL||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||56.5kg||72|
|8||462134X53||GENERAL OFFER||John Symons & Sheila Laxon||Danny Nikolic||5||56.5kg||64|