Pierro to Face 7 Rivals – Caulfield Guineas 2012 Field

Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated superstar Pierro will face a field of seven rivals when they vie for consecutive career win number nine in the 2012 Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne this Saturday.

Pierro

Pierro will face seven rivals in the 2012 Caulfield Guineas field this Saturday

This morning Racing Victoria took eight official acceptances for this year’s edition of the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) with the Caulfield Guineas barrier draw to be taken live at 12:30pm (VIC time) today.

Lonhro colt Pierro, winner of the autumn 2YO triple crown last season, will jump the shortest priced Caulfield Guineas betting favourite in history when they step out on Saturday having been as short as $1.30 in the pre-field markets.

Nash Rawiller will maintain his association with the $3.15 million earner on Saturday, Pierro last seen putting an easy five lengths on their closest rival in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 28.

The other last start winner in the Caulfield Guineas field for 2012 is then the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette who will be ridden by Darley’s number one jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

The Commands colt may not be quite the same class as Pierro having run dead last behind him in the Golden Slipper back in April, but they should prove a more competitive rival this time round having won the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at their two most recent runs.

Meanwhile Bill Stutt Stakes’ runner-up Carringbush Jack from the Kyneton stables of Leon Crostens and Mick Price’s lightly-raced Caulfield Guineas Prelude runner-up Let Go Lenni have both also been accepted to take on their last start conquerors again in the big one at Caulfield this weekend.

Carringbush Jack’s trainer Corstens has also accepted for his progressive Darci Brahma gelding Awesome Bro who will be ridden by Craig Williams, Corstens the only trainer dually represented in the Guineas this year.

Awesome Bro comes off two good runs at stakes level in Melbourne having run second to Jimando in the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed (1400m) at Flemington on September 8 before their close third in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude when beaten just over half a length.

Rounding out the 2012 Caulfield Guineas field are then Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard coming off a fourth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes, the John O’Shea-trained Golden Rose third placegetter Ashokan and Road Trippin who ran a distant fourth to Pierro in the Bill Stutt.

Stay tuned to Races.com.au for the Caulfield Guineas barrier draw 2012 later this morning.

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2012 Caulfield Guineas Final Field

Caulfield Racecourse – 13/10/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x11111x11 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 56.5kg 114
2 1x120x311 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 56.5kg 106
3 1112×354 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 56.5kg 100
4 2106×634 ASHOKAN John O’Shea James McDonald 56.5kg 80
5 22367×3154 ROAD TRIPPIN Stephen Theodore Ben Melham 56.5kg 66
6 214522 CARRINGBUSH JACK Leon Corstens Jake Noonan (a) 56.5kg 70
7 11523 AWESOME BRO (NZ) Leon Corstens Craig Williams 56.5kg 72
8 3×12 LET GO LENNI Mick Price Craig Newitt 56.5kg 72