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.
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|