Black Vanquish to Target 2015 Caulfield Guineas

July 29th, 2015

Group 1-winning trainer Tom Hughes has underlined rising three-year-old Black Vanquish as the best horse he has saddled, and revealed he will set the classy colt for the featured Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) upon resuming in the 2015 Spring Carnival.

Black Vanquish will be set for the 2015 Caulfield Guineas. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Black Vanquish will be set for the 2015 Caulfield Guineas. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Black Vanquish has appeared on course only three times competitively since debuting during the recent Autumn Carnival, but has more than stamped his claims as one to watch in taking out his two most recent starts, including the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) on May 2nd; a race which interestingly figured as equine superstar Black Caviar’s maiden black type success.

Having reportedly taken well to his time away from racing, Hughes told Racenet he is confident the son of Lonhro will measure up to Group 1 company during the 2015 Spring Carnival and revealed the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 12th will likely figure as his first point of call.

He’s grown, put on some weight and matured physically and mentally,” Hughes said.

“I haven’t asked him to do much yet but what he has done has been nice.

“He did some evens this morning, just quickened a bit the last two and did it lovely.

“He had a good spell. The plan is to have two jumpouts and then first-up in the Danehill (Stakes) where Patrick Moloney will ride.

“We’ll be guided by how he goes there as to what direction we take with him.

“There’s the Caulfield Guineas but I think he has the potential to be a very strong sprinter.”

Jumping from the gates well in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on debut in February, Black Vanquish was unlucky to be blocked for a run late and checked and finished a disappointing eleventh.

Producing a similarly impressive jump in the Starlight Children’s Foundation Handicap (1200m) on April 11th, Black Vanquish was immediately led to the fore of the field of 13 by Patrick Moloney; receiving an ideal run in transit before pulling clear late to hit the line more than two lengths in the clear of his closest rivals.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2015 Caulfield Guineas odds, for which Vancouver remains outright $4 favourite ahead of Pride Of Dubai ($6).