Kiwi Cauthen 2013 Caulfield Guineas Bound

July 5th, 2013

Despite only having one career start to his name, New Zealand trainer Andrew Campbell has declared exciting youngster Cauthen a 2013 Caulfield Guineas contender.

The rising three-year-old arrived at Te Rapa for a much-hyped debut on Monday and he more than lived up to expectations.

With Buddy Lammas in the saddle, the son of Darci Brahma was caught wide for the entire 1200m in the Goldpine Juvenile but it didn’t seem to matter.

Lammas barely had to ask the obviously talented galloper for an effort but he still sprinted clear to pass the winning post 8 1/2 lengths clear of his nearest rival.

Campbell said he always knew the rising three-year-old had ability but was excited he was able to step up when it counted.

“He’s always been a good horse and we have always thought a lot of him…It seems like we have been waiting a long time for him,” Campbell said.

So excited is Campbell by the potential of Cauthen he has already mapped out a plan for Melbourne’s spring carnival.

While the $1 million Caulfield Guineas is the obvious target, Campbell is also hopeful of running him in some tradtional three-year-old lead-up races.

“We have talked about an Aussie campaign…he’ll likely have a couple of weeks in the paddock and I hope to run him in the Group 3 Vain Stakes and the (Listed) Henry Bucks en route to the Caulfield Guineas,” he said.

The Caulfield Guineas was one of the top races of the 2012-13 racing season, with All Too Hard storming down the outside to end the unbeaten streak of fellow superstar colt Pierro.