On Wednesday Eagle Farm horseman Brian Smith was blown away by the ease of which his lightly-raced colt State Of Wealth broke their maiden status, the three-year-old showing off their potential to contest the 2011 Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne this spring.
A well-bred son of Ad Valorem by Giant’s Causeway mare Girona, State Of Wealth was nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at the start of the month despite being unraced at the time.
On debut they showed promise when finishing an unlucky second to Emmalene in a 1000 metre maiden at Caloundra on August 14, their chances hampered after jumping from the extreme outside gate of the 13-horse field.
Yesterday State Of Wealth was unstoppable and emerged as a genuine Caulfield Guineas candidate with their blistering four length victory over the Robert Heathcote-trained Sweet And Vicious in the Noel Wilson Memorial (1200m).
Ridden by Ric McMahon, State Of Wealth started the $1.80 favourite and was never threatened when they thrived on the Slow track to storm into Guineas contention.
“He’s got to prove himself in a three-year-old open race on a Saturday first but he’s been nominated for the Caulfield Guineas,” Smith explained.
“He’s a very classy animal.”
With the 2011 Caulfield Guineas due to run on October 8, State Of Wealth still remains a $101 roughie in the odds at Luxbet.
Purchased for a steal attracting just $50,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling sale on the Gold Coast last year, State Of Wealth is part-owned by the Money & Chicks Racing Syndicate along with Glenn Buckland and Daryl Pollock, all members now understandably excited about the prospect of having a Group One runner on their books.
Pollock, especially, has high anticipations for State Of Wealth having been behind his purchase.
“His grandmother, Ruffles, won a (Group 1) Newmarket Handicap,” Pollock, who has a pre-training property at Yandina in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, said.
“I got to all the yearling sales and I picked him out as one of the best at the sales.
“I thought he would be in my price range of $50,000 but I ran into a trainer at the sales who told me he expect him to fetch around $100,000.
“I wasn’t too happy so I went back into the run and still made a bid.
“I couldn’t believe it when no-one else wanted him and when he was knocked down to us I was shaking all over.”
While going all the way to the Caulfield Guineas would be a fairytale for State Of Wealth and their connections, the three-year-old classic this year is shaping up as a cracker with the likes of Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winner Helmet and the Anthony Cummings-trained Smart Missile heading towards the feature.
Helmet, $6.50 Caulfield Guineas futures favourite at Luxbet, and Smart Missile ($8.50) are both set to resume for the season in the $125,000 Group 3 Run to the Rose (1200m) this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.
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