It’s a race often described as “A stallion making race”… a race run over a testing 1600 metres that time and time again produces a thrilling finish. The clash of Redoute’s Choice and Testa Rossa doing battle down the Caulfield straight will live on forever. Then there were the performances of Lonhro, Wonderful World, Weekend Hussler and in more recent times, All Too Hard and Long John.
Caulfield Guineas winners stand out and this Saturday again looks likely to be one of the star races of the Melbourne Spring. Rich Enuff ($2.25 with TAB.com.au) has blown away his rivals this preparation displaying a brilliant turn of speed. The last start win in the Caulfield Guineas prelude reminded me a lot of Atlantic Jewel and the ease with which she won. Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys has refused to accept any substational offers particularly from Hong Kong. Keys told me at the Guineas barrier draw on Tuesday he’s been training for a horse like Rich Enuff for many years and he’s not about to give it up.
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In Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas, the barrier draw for Rich Enuff and running out a strong mile is going to be tested. Jockey Michael Rodd says he plans to be careful in the early stages of the Guineas believing Rich Enuff does need to be switched off at some stage to save energy for the finish. Rodd who rode Atlantic Jewel at her peak told me Rich Enuff has been amazing so far.
“It’s incredible how far he’s come this campaign” Rodd said.
The main threats to Rich Enuff completing four stunning wins in a row appear to Almalad $7.50), Shooting to Win ($7), Chivalry ($14) and Looks Like The Cat ($7.50). Trainer Gai Waterhouse has a strong belief that Almalad cannot only win the Guineas but the Cox Plate as well.
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While many rival trainers thought the Bill Stutt Stakes race was messy, Waterhouse said it was messy for the others because Almalad annihilated them. The signs are all positive for the son of Al Maher. On Tuesday, Almalad completed his final piece of work before giving off a huge squeal, a sign he’s bursting with energy.
The Snowdens know how to win the Caulfield Guineas having won with Helmet and Long John. On Saturday, Shooting to Win will attempt to add his name to the list. His charging finish in the Stan Fox at Rosehill has the colt emerging as one of the key chances. Since his last start, Shooting to Win has been galloping in the Melbourne direction in Sydney and then completed his build up with a gallop at Flemington on Tuesday. James McDonald has been on the horse non stop in the past fortnight and his confidence is also high.
Overall the 2014 Caulfield Guineas promises another stirring finish… a finish that will write its own piece of history.
My Selections are Rich Enuff, Almalad, Shooting to Win and Looks Like The Cat. Good luck!
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