THIS is one of the great days on the Australian racing calendar – Caulfield Guineas Day – four Group 1 races with the best of the best involved:
LISTED $120,000 INGLIS DEBUTANT STAKES. 1000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 5 ENCRYPTION; 9 Sacred Sword; 12 Qafila; 2 Binding Force.
BEST ROUGHIE: 4 DIVER.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 2 – 4 – 5 – 9 – 12.
ALL unraced so much guess work. ENCRYPTION is a well-bred Godolphin runner, out of former star mare, sure to have ability. SACRED SWORD by speed sire out of G1 winning mare, in good hands, will run well. QAFILA is another well-bred colt making debut for Team Hayes. Go close. BINDING FORCE trialled well in SA, in astute hands there, respect.
GROUP 3 $150,000 THOROUGHBRED CLUB STAKES. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 JORDA; 9 True Excelsior; 2 Split Lip; 15 Divine Messenger.
BEST ROUGHIE: 13 JOSEPHINE SEA.
SUGGESTED BET: JORDA to win.
JORDA was huge first-up in Sydney 3rd Pariah G3 San Domenico, then ran fav and flopped Flemington. Had health issues. Now draws gate 1 in fillies only race. Go close if right. TRUE EXCELSIOR very consistent filly, chased Houtzen home last time 3rd MV. Good gate here, respect. SPLIT LIP tailed off early, made up lot of ground 4th Houtzen last time. This trip suits. DIVINE MESSENGER was impressive winning last time. This harder but worth thought.
GROUP 3 $150,000 CAPE GRIM BEEF STEAKS. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 LEGLESS VEUVE; Desert Lashes; 8 Pedrena; 2 Miss Gunpowder.
BEST ROUGHIE: 9 PRINCESS OF QUEENS.
SUGGESTED BET: LEGLESS VEUVE each-way.
LEGLESS VEUVE was a certainty beaten last time, flashed home after being held-up 2nd Savanna Armour G3 How Now, Caulfield. Hard to beat. DESERT LASHES has won 8 of 9 starts, only defeat last time when resuming, led run down late in Listed Wylie SA 1100m. This ideal, sure to run well. PEDRENA has great record, won 4 of 8 with two seconds. Chance again here.
GROUP 2 $400,000 HERBERT POWER STAKES. 2400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 8 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN; 3 Foundry; 1 Wall Of Fire; 5 Aloft.
BEST ROUGHIE: 11 LORD FANDANGO.
SUGGESTED BET: GALLIC CHIEFTAIN each-way.
GALLIC CHIEFTAIN is an import who caught the eye last time when charged home from the back when 3.3-length 6th Jon Snow G3 MV JRA Cup. This trip ideal now. Chance. FOUNDRY another import, form was very solid before tough G1 win the Metropolitan this trip in Sydney. Hard to beat again. WALL OF FIRE import making Australian debut, not raced since 2nd in G3 race at Newbury (UK) 2716m race, August 19. Rates highly.
LISTED $120,000 WEEKEND HUSSLER STAKES. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 RELIGIFY; 9 Fastnet Tempest; 8 Attention; 10 Oregon’s Day.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 DUKE OF BRUNSWICK.
SUGGESTED BET: RELIGIFY to win.
RELIGIFY is a very serious galloper from Sydney, won 13 of 30 and 3 of past 4, two of those feature races in Brisbane. Flies fresh, looks very hard to beat. FASTNET TEMPEST is an import making Australian debut. Has very serious form around this trip in the UK, including Royal Ascot. Has worked well at Werribee since arriving here. Go close. ATTENTION was horrible ride last time when went too hard, this totally different, go very well.
GROUP 1 $500,000 SCHWEPPES THOUSAND GUINEAS. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 ALIZEE; 1 Shoals; 3 Booker; 8 She’s So High.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 ALOISIA.
SUGGESTED BET: ALIZEE to win.
SYDNEY raider ALIZEE has been on fire winning her past two, G2 Tea Rose and G1 Flight Stakes, both very impressively. The one to beat again. SHOALS has a fabulous record, won first 4 starts, ran 2nd last start Booker, G2 Tranquil Star this venue. Chance again. BOOKER has been very brave last few, 3rd G2 Danehill then won G2 Tranquil Star, has a chance again.
GROUP 1 $1,000,000 CAULFIELD STAKES. 2000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 HARTNELL; 11 Bonneval; 10 The Taj Mahal; 6 Jon Snow.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 GAILO CHOP.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 1 – 2 – 6 – 10 – 11.
HARTNELL is top-class, ran 2nd in G1 Makybe Diva before 2nd Bonneval G1 Underwood last time. This trip ideal now, fitter, go close. BONNEVAL is a star mare, won 6 on the trot now, latest G1 Underwood beating Hartnell. Strong claims. THE TAJ MAHAL is an import making Australian debut. G1 2nd in the US earlier this year, has class, run well. JON SNOW ATC Derby winner last season, impressive winning JRA Cup last time. Improver, rates highly.
GROUP 1 $2,000,000 CAULFIELD GUINEAS. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 11 KEMENTARI; 16 Catchy; 8 Perast; 6 Royal Symphony.
BEST ROUGHIE: 9 SANCTIONED.
SUGGESTED BET: KEMENTARI each-way.
GODOLPHIN runner KEMENTARI has been waiting for the mile, first-up 4th in G2 at 1200m then 3rd in G3 Prelude here 1400m, now out to right trip. Has a sense of timing and he’s all class. Go close. CATCHY brilliant filly has been trained for this all Spring. Great draw, hard to beat. PERAST was very impressive over 1400m in Prelude. Extra trip a query but racing well. ROYAL SYMPHONY is a boom colt with hot record. Gets back runs on, always a trick.
GROUP 1 $500,000 TOORAK HANDICAP. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 9 EGG TART; 15 Theanswermyfriend; 2 Kaspersky; 11 Omei Sword.
BEST ROUGHIE: 13 SO SI BON.
SUGGESTED BET: EGG TART to win.
EGG TART is a brilliant mare, won 6 of 9 won G1 SA Oaks before winning G1 Qld Oaks, spell, resumed with 2nd G2 Theo Marks, Deploy. This trip perfect, go close. THEANSWERMYFRIEND was victim of crazy speed last time when taken on. Previous form suggests he’ll go forward, make own luck, and with any of it, will go close. KASPERSKY import making Australian debut. Has very serious form around this trip in Europe. Run well. OMEI SWORD is top class Sydney mare with strong claims in an incredible race for depth.
GROUP 2 $400,000 SCHILLACI STAKES. 1100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 HELLBENT; 2 Rock Magic; 9 Sheidel; 10 Missrock.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 MISSROCK.
SUGGESTED BET: HELLBENT each-way. Quinella: 2 – 6.
HELLBENT will be fitter now after two runs back from break, last start 5th Badajoz this track/trip. Ready to win again and this is his best track. ROCK MAGIC top class WA sprinter, won two on end before 4th G1 Moir MV last time when ran very well. Hard to beat. SHEIDEL flying mare, loves to lead, won a G1 Oakleigh Plate this track/trip last year. Rates highly. MISSROCK back to a sprint trip, this looks ideal, nice gate, chance.