Odds-on favourite All Too Hard has been scratched from the Group 1 2013 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington due to an elevated temperature.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told Radio Sports National this morning there are no serious problems and he is likely to press on to a 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.
“In human terms he’s got a cold and he has had some antibiotics,” Hawkes said.
“All we need to do is not run him and get him right and bring him to Sydney. He will be back. He’s tough.”
The three-year-old was considered a $1.28 Australian Guineas chance so his withdrawal has seen the betting market blown wide open.
New favourite is September’s Golden Rose runner-up Albrecht ($5.50) who has struggled to rediscover the form he showed in the autumn in two spring starts.
Hot on his tail is Michael Kent-trained colt Philippi ($6.50) who won three from three during his unbeaten debut campaign in the spring and was a solid fourth first-up in the CS Hayes Stakes.
Occupying the third line of betting is Mick Price’s in-form colt Ajeeb ($7) who faces a step up in class but will chase a third consecutive win.
The son of Al Maher was last seen winning a mid-week race at Sandown by 2 1/2 lengths.
There has been plenty of hype about High Shot ($8) but the High Chaparral colt will have to improve from a first-up sixth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes.
There are plenty of horses hovering around the $10 mark including CS Hayes Stakes winner Sheer Talent ($11), The Vanity runner-up You’re So Good ($11) and David Hayes-trained gelding Bass Strait ($11).
Greg Eurell’s pair Force Command and Hosting have finished second and third respectively in two starts at stakes level this autumn and both are at $14.
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