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Morphettville trainer Daniel Clarken will be better able to gauge the 2012 Caulfield Guineas chances of his undefeated Adelaide youngster Psychic Mick when the horse runs in Saturday week’s Danehill Stakes at Flemington.
Psychic Mick was a bargain buy from the 2011 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sales, connections paying just $10,000 for the Shinzig gelding from Bianconi mare Super Fund.
The youngster has already easily out-performed their modest purchase price winning their opening four career starts to net over $150,000 in prize money to date.
Three wins at Morphettville over 1000-metres proved to Clarken he had a horse with genuine talent and they took him up to Melbourne earlier this month.
In their interstate debut on August 18 Psychic Mick scored their first black type victory when relishing the Heavy (10) track at Caulfield to beat home Planet Voyage by three and a half lengths in the Listed Vain Stakes (1100m).
Clarken is hoping they will continue to progress this spring and has them nominated for the $1 million Group 1 The Age Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 13.
Exactly whether they’re up to Group 1 class just yet and whether they will see out the mile is still an unknown for Clarken, but they are hoping to have a better idea of exactly where Psychic Mick is at after they run in the $220,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (120m) at Flemington on September 8.
“The conditions of the Danehill Stakes should really give us the best guide to whether or not we go to the Guineas Prelude and then hopefully the Guineas,” Clarken said, the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) to run at Caulfield on September 30.
Originally Psychic Mick was also nominated for the $150,000 Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield this weekend, but Clarken said that was only to keep options open and the Danehill was always their preferred next step.
“Everything is as good as gold,” Clarken said this week.
“The plan was always to wait three weeks (from the Vain Stakes), especially after racing on such a heavy track last time.
“I nominated him (for the McNeil) just in case he came through his last run a little too well.”
Last year’s Danehill Stakes was won by superstar Golden Slipper winner Sepoy who also came via a first-up win in the Vain Stakes.
Latest Caulfield Guineas 2012 odds at bookmaker.com.au are led by this year’s Golden Slipper champ Pierro ($2.80) who resumes at Rosehill this weekend in a mouth-watering clash against All Too Hard in The Run To The Rose.
Psychic Mick meanwhile is rated a $34 Caulfield Guineas chance, equal with Peter Snowden’s recent Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes winner Albrecht.
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