Kyneton-based horseman Leon Corstens is preparing to launch a double pronged attack on Saturday’s 2012 Caulfield Guineas, or more specifically on the odds-on favourite Pierro in the Caulfield Guineas.
There were eight official acceptors for the $1 million Group 1 BECKS Caulfield Guineas (1600m) this year, the raging favourite of which is Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated champ Pierro out for their ninth straight turf triumph.
With the 2012 Cox Plate-bound star looking near impossible to beat Pierro’s seven rivals will all be fighting it out for second spot and Corstens’ hopes at least one of the minor placings will belong to one of his two Caulfield Guineas hopefuls – Carringbush Jack and Awesome Bro.
Ideally Corstens would like nothing more than a shock upset Caulfield Guineas win, the dedicated trainer having had two runners in the classic in the past 10 years for two Caulfield Guineas winners.
He knows however that this year is unlikely to see him take home a third Caulfield Guineas trophy to add to those won by Helenus (2002) and Starspangledbanner (2009).
“It’s been a great race for me. I can’t remember having any other runners in it,” Corstens said.
Still he is happy with his two gallopers, rating Awesome Bro as his best chance.
Awesome Bro, who will be ridden by Craig Williams on Saturday, comes off a good minor placing in Melbourne, the progressive Darci Brahma gelding having finished just over a half length away third to fellow Caulfield Guineas hopeful and Golden Rose winner Epaulette in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
“My horse is ticking over well but to say he could knock off Pierro is another thing,” Corstens said.
“He (Pierro) won with ridiculous ease at Moonee Valley and he’s an out and out champion.
“I’m just hoping my horse can get somewhere near him.”
In the Caulfield Guineas Prelude Awesome Pro reeled off a final 200m sectional of 11.29 seconds, the fastest for that meet, giving Corstens some hope with Pierro yet to see the Caulfield track.
“This is the race he’s been set for from the moment he came in to work,” Corstens said.
Break The Vault colt Carringbush Jack meanwhile stepped up to the mile and stakes company for the first time last start for the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes running five lengths away second to Pierro in the Moonee Valley feature and Corstens is hopeful they can come a little closer on Saturday.
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