2014 Caulfield Guineas Day Overview

October 8th, 2014
Sacred Falls will contest the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day

Sacred Falls will contest the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day. Photo: Steve Hart

Caulfield Racecourse will play host to one of the Spring Racing Carnival’s standout race cards this weekend, with 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day offering trainers, connections, fans and punters alike an exciting list of ten black type races, capped by four major Group 1 events.

Race 1 – Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m)

Kicking off the 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day in style, the racing community is offered its first taste of the next crop of two-year-old runners in the Listed Debutants Stakes, contested over 1000m.

Arguably highlighting the 13 horse final field is classy the Gai Waterhouse-trained Helford River; a two-year-old filly by renowned sire Fastnet Rock, out of Group 1 winner Headway.

Race 2 – Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m)

While attracting a field of just nine three-year-old fillies, the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes is shaping as one of the Caulfield Guineas Day’s most well-contested events, as standout autumn perform Earthquake attempts to return to the winner’s circle following two less-than convincing starts.

Allocated an ideal barrier and confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Earthquake will have to find top gear if to overcome a field which includes the likes of black type winners London Lolly and Aimee.

Race 3 – Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m)

Playing host to several Cox Plate hopefuls just two weeks out from the Moonee Valley feature, the 2014 Weekend Hussler Stakes is without doubt highlighted by the inclusion of Hong Kong-based champion Dan Excel, who is set to line up for his maiden Australian appearance.

Claiming a commendable total of six wins and a further 13 minor places from his 35 competitive starts to date, the Shamardal gelding finished second in both the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) and Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) and third in the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin before travelling to Singapore for an impressive win in the Group 1 International Cup (2000m) on May 18th.

While charged with a massive task of overcoming 63.5kgs on Caulfield Guineas Day, Dan Excel is a class above his competitors and offers punters exceptional value at current odds.

Race 4 – Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m)

Confirmed to feature 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day’s smallest field in attracting just seven runners, the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes is shaping as arguably one of the card’s most exciting races.

A standout performer in early two-year-old events through autumn, boom colt Rubick will return to the track in the Schillaci Stakes on Saturday, but will have to find exceptional form if to overcome the likes of notable runners Not Listenin’tome, Platelet, Gregers and resuming 2013 Golden Slipper champion Overreach.

Race 5 – Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m)

Featuring several 2014 Cups prospects, the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes will see 14 classy stayers battle it out for black type success over a mile and a half.

A Melbourne Cup contender in 2013, Macedon Lodge’s Masked Marvel faces a huge task in lining up against an International rich field boasting the likes of German stayer Protectionist, Irish champion Renew and British sensation Lord Van Percy.

Race 6 – Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m)

The 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day’s first Group 1 event, the Caulfield Stakes will play host to 12 particularly classy stayers and will be used as a stepping stone to all of the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup by its contestants.

Securing a fourth Group 1 title when charging home to win the George Main Stakes (1600m) last time out, Sacred Falls has been charged with the unenviable task of overcoming the outside barrier in the 2014 Caulfield Stakes, and a field which includes Spring Carnival standout Dissident, 2013 Caulfield Cup champion Fawkner and a further six previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Race 7 – Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m)

A classy field of 15 runners have been confirmed to line up for the Group 1 Toorak Handicap on Caulfield Guineas Day, highlighted by the inclusion of several of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.

Lightly-raced mare Commanding Jewel has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in following nearly a year on the sidelines with injury, and will contest her first Group 1 event this weekend since taking out the 2012 edition of the Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Allocated the somewhat wide barrier 10 for the 2014 Toorak Handicap, the Commands mare has been confirmed to line up against the likes of Speediness, Bull Point, Arabian Gold and Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1600m) winner Trust In A Gust.

Race 8 – Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m)

Caulfield Guineas Day’s featured event for three-year-old fillies, the 2014 Thousand Guineas has been confirmed to feature some of the autumn season’s standout performers.

Charging home to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in just her fourth competitive start, classy South Australian Go Indy Go has steadily built to the task this time in and will be particularly hard to beat over her pet distance and from the ideal barrier 6 in the Thousand Guineas, and offers punters exceptional value for money at current odds.

Race 9 – Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m)

The feature race on Caulfield’s namesake race card, the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas will see a classy field of 14 runners fight it out for arguably the Spring Racing Carnival’s leading three-year-old crown.

Returning to the track in scintillating form this time in, Key Keys’ exciting colt Rich Enuff is understandably clear favourite to secure a maiden Group 1 title in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, but will face his biggest task to date in a field that will include Group 1 winner Almalad, in-form Queenslander Looks Like The Cat and black type regulars Shooting To Win, Kumaon and Chivalry.

Race 10 – Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final (1200m)

Capping 2014 Caulfield Guineas Day in style the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final will play host to some of the country’s most exciting and in-form short distance specialists.

Aiming for a third consecutive race win on Saturday, Girl Guide will leave from the ideal barrier 4 with leading jockey Craig Williams in the saddle, but will need to find top gear if to overcome the likes of Gig, Shamal Wind and Brilliant Bisc.