55 Confirmed in 2014 Caulfield Guineas Second Acceptances

September 23rd, 2014

A classy list of 55 three-year-olds have been confirmed in second acceptances for the 2014 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), highlighted by some of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting up-and-coming prospects.

Almalad and Looks Like The Cat have each been confirmed in 2014 Caulfield Guineas second acceptances

Almalad and Looks Like The Cat have each been confirmed in 2014 Caulfield Guineas second acceptances. Photo: Daniel Costello

A standout performer over the mile in his short racing career so-far, classy Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Almalad has been confirmed in Caulfield Guineas second acceptances.

Securing three impressive race wins from his five competitive starts so far, Almalad immediately stamped his claims as one to watch upon debuting to racing in late December, winning the Nuturf Plate (1000m) with relative ease.

Electing to bypass the 2014 Autumn Carnival with the son of Al Maher, Waterhouse’s decision immediately paid dividends when up-and-coming jockey Winona Costin steered Almalad to a near-four length victory in the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1200m) first-up on May 24th before in-form hoop Tommy Berry took the reins for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) on June 7th.

Unable to figure when beating a single runner home in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up on August 30th, Almalad finished a credible fourth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last time out on September 13th, appearing to relish the top-flight competition.

Confirmed to contest the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley this Friday, Waterhouse is confident Almalad’s proven form over the distance will count for a lot on October 11th.

Also confirmed in second acceptances for the 2014 Caulfield Guineas is stable star for trainer Paul Messara, Scissor Kick.

Finishing outside the places just once in five competitive starts so far, Scissor Kick has returned to the track in stunning form this time in and appears primed for a step-up in distance for the 2014 Caulfield Guineas.

Charging home to win the More Than Ready 2.y.o (1250m) by three lengths first-up on July 23rd, the Redoute’s Choice colt secured a maiden black type win when comfortably taking out the Rosebud; repeating the dose just two weeks later in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m).

Given only slight hope of success in the Golden Rose last time out, the Scissor Kick displayed an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to finish only a short nose behind winner Hallowed Crown; stamping his claims as a leading Guineas contender.

Messara is poised to be offered two good chances of success in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, having also confirmed Panzer Division in second acceptances.

Winning his debut race by close to four lengths on July 19th, Panzer Division finished second to his stable mate in the Up And Coming Stakes before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on September 6th.

Finishing a credible fifth amongst open company in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) last weekend, Messara is yet to decide whether the Guineas or Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) will figure as Panzer Division’s major target, but is keeping his options open.

A very exciting prospect for the leading Queensland trainer, Tony Gollan has confirmed Looks Like The Cat in second acceptances for the 2014 Caulfield Guineas.

A standout performer over the Brisbane Winter Carnival, Looks Like The Cat finished second in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) first-up before securing back-to-back third placings in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) and J.J. Atkins.

Displaying his class when second to leading Caulfield Guineas hopeful Rich Enuff in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) first-up, the Husson gelding has also been included in nominations for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in late October.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early odds on the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, for which second acceptor Chivalry leads markets at a quote of $4.60, from Rich Enuff ($8) and Zebulon ($8).

2014 Caulfield Guineas Second Acceptances

# Horse Trainer
1 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse
2 ARMADA Peter G Moody
3 AWARD OF MERIT Tony McEvoy
4 AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens
5 BACHMAN Gerald Ryan
6 BURNING MOUNTAIN Mark Kavanagh
7 CAVEKA Peter G Moody
8 CHIVALRY Mark Kavanagh
9 DECONSTRUCTED Mark Kavanagh
10 DEIHEROS Lloyd Kennewell
11 DIVAN (NZ) Robert Hickmott
12 FORGIVE AND FORGET David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
13 GET THE NOD Lloyd Kennewell
14 GHIBELLINES John O’Shea
15 KAPSET Greg Eurell
16 KUMAON John O’Shea
17 LAZYAXL Shaun Dwyer
18 LIBERATION Gai Waterhouse
19 LOOKS LIKE THE CAT Tony Gollan
20 LUCKY TOM Harold Norman
21 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney
22 MIHANY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
23 MODOC Paul Perry
24 MOONLIGHT HUSSLER David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
25 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price
26 OUR VESPA (NZ) Johno Benner
27 PANZER DIVISION Paul Messara
28 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
29 PROACTIVE (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden
30 RICH ENUFF Ken Keys
31 ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ) Anthony Cummings
32 ROYAL APPOINTMENT (NZ) Chris Hyland
33 SCHNELLER Clinton McDonald
34 SCISSOR KICK Paul Messara
35 SCRATCH ME LUCKY Paul Perry
36 SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden
37 SILENT WHISPER Lloyd Kennewell
38 SOLDI DOMANI Bryan Dais
39 STAVIVA Matt Laurie
40 STINGRAY John Moloney
41 STITCH ME UP Shane Nichols
42 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir
43 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea
44 TASHBEEH David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
45 THE SPITFIRE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
46 THIEF OF HEARTS Stuart Kendrick
47 VERREAUX (NZ) Mark Kavanagh
48 VOLLEY OF FIRE Anthony Cummings
49 WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse
50 WAR POINT Mick Price
51 WHITE HUNTER Mark Kavanagh
52 WILDERNESS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
53 WINX Chris Waller
54 ZEBULON (NZ) Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison
55 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig