2015 Caulfield Guineas Barrier Not Ideal for Rageese

October 8th, 2015

Team Hawkes have been pleased with the way Rageese has taken to his racing since returning this spring, but concede the three-year-old will need plenty of luck in transit in Saturday’s featured 2015 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) after drawing the wide and awkward barrier 15.

Rageese stamped his claims as one to watch through an impressive debut campaign in autumn, and returned this time for a credible fourth in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) on August 8th before posting a maiden win in a Wyong minor over 1350m on August 30th.

Having savaged the line for a close fourth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) before responding favourably to a step-up in distance when third in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) a fortnight ago, Wayne Hawkes told Racing Ahead the team is thrilled with the horse’s progression but are lamenting his terrible draw.

“Rageese has done really well and I am just disappointed that he has drawn such a bad barrier,” Hawkes said.

“He has blinkers on for the first time and the blinkers will improve him out of sight, but all of a sudden you are going up to a mile for the first time, he has blinkers for the first time and he has drawn a terrible barrier.

“There are a few minuses and from bad barriers you don’t win.

“Unfortunately that is how it is, but he is really, really good.”

Team Hawkes will also saddle Snoopy in the 2015 Caulfield Guineas and are confident the horse is up to the grade of what appears a reasonable even field.

“Snoopy is all but faultless,” Hawkes said.

“We have just taken the winkers off and he will have no gear on Saturday.

“It looks like he will run the mile out and it is a very even bunch of horses this year.

“You probably don’t need an All Too Hard or a Pierro.”

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