The punters are getting behind Victoria’s premier horseman Peter Moody in his attempt to win successive Caulfield Guineas on Saturday, his lightly-raced More Than Ready colt Huegill the only runner to firm in the 2011 Caulfield Guineas odds over the past day.
After opening at a quote of $19 to win the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and hand Moody back-to-back victories following the success of his Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva 12 months ago, Huegill has since been backed into $18 through Luxbet.
Drawn favourably in barrier four in the eight-horse Caulfield Guineas 2011 field, Huegill has had four starts to date which have produced two victories.
Running a solid third on debut to superstar Sepoy in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield in February, Hugeill most recently ran and won a 1400m handicap at Sandown Lakeside on September 21 when carrying 57kg with Luke Nolen in the mount.
Nolen, who also has the prized mount of Caulfield Guineas Day riding the unbeaten Black Caviar in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) on Saturday, again partners with Huegill in the Guineas as the horse is handed their toughest assignment to date.
“It’s hard to line up his form, we don’t know how good it is and that is why we are running (in the Caulfield Guineas),” Moody’s racing manager Jeff O’Connor said.
Caulfield Guineas betting at Luxbet has Peter Snowden’s highly-rated three-year-old Helmet as the easing $2.60 favourite, the dual Group 1 winner having drifted out from $2.50 after drawing the far outside gate for the clash.
Smart Missile, drawn to perfection in barrier two, has also eased in their Caulfield Guineas price out from $3.30 to $3.40 through Luxbet.
Trainer Anthony Cummings said that there were no excuses for the beaten Golden Rose and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes favourite on Saturday, Smart Missile poised to finally score his maiden Group 1 victory.
“He’s still the only horse to beat Sepoy and that was at his second race start when the other horse was well practiced and more experience,” Cummings said of Fastnet Rock colt Smart Missile.
“So he has stepped up to that grade and I think we will again Saturday.
“But at this level you can’t afford to make mistakes and we’ve had a couple of those at his last two starts.
“I keep saying it wasn’t the horse’s fault, it was just what he was asked to do.
“On Saturday if the breaks go his way he’s good enough to win.”
Meanwhile, Golden Rose winner Manawanui occupies the third line of 2011 Caulfield Guineas betting at a steady quote of $5 to score their sixth on the trot, with last Friday night’s Bill Stutt Stakes champion Chase The Rainbow the final galloper at single figure odds now paying $7.50 (out from $7).
See below for the latest Caulfield Guineas odds update.
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2011 Caulfield Guineas Odds Update
|#||Horse (Barrier)||Opening Odds||Current Odds*|
|3||Smart Missile (2)||3.30||3.40|
|4||Chase The Rainbow (7)||7.00||7.50|
|6||Secret Hills (1)||21.00||31.00|
|8||General Offer (5)||201.00||201.00|
*Fixed Win Odds available at Luxbet and correct at time of publication