He may be saddling up one of the top fancies in the 2013 Randwick Guineas this Saturday but Cambridge-based trainer Murray Baker isn’t confident his Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel can get the job done at Warwick Farm.
This year’s edition of the $500,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) runs at Warwick Farm Racecourse while upgrades to Sydney’s premier track Royal Randwick are completed.
A number of trainers have been spoken out with disappointment over the venue for the Randwick Guineas saying it is a disadvantage for all horses bar those prepared there.
New Zealand’s Baker is one such trainer he doesn’t rate his horse as good a chance in the race because of the change of locations.
“I would give him a chance at Randwick, but he is going to get back and those sort of horses aren’t really suited at Warwick Farm,” Baker said.
“I think there is going to be plenty of speed but he is going for a lot further and this is a quality bunch of three-year-olds.”
The High Chaparral colt enjoyed their breakthrough Group 1 victory in Sydney during the spring narrowly holding off the Gai Waterhouse-trained Proisir, who is also engaged in the Randwick Guineas 2013, to win the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.
Prior to that they also enjoyed a 1580m win at Canterbury and a good victory in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Randwick.
First-up this prep It’s A Dundeel caught the eye coming from the back of a 10-horse pack to cross a brave fourth behind triple Group 1 winner Pierro in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill.
The bookies are rating the Hobartville form for the Guineas too with runner-up Rebel Dane, earlier winner of the Royal Sovereign Stakes, the $2.80 favourite in the Randwick Guineas odds followed by third placed Proisir who is the $3.40 second pick for Saturday.
It’s A Dundeel meanwhile occupies the third line of Randwick Guineas betting at a quote of $6.50.
Baker however isn’t convinced, even with barrier two, and will be adding blinkers to their gear in an attempt to get them up on the predicted fast speed.
Win or lose on Saturday Baker is aiming It’s A Dundeel at a bigger target this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival preparing to step them up to the mile and a half for the lucrative $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 13 – the first major meeting back at Randwick.
“He needs to get the miles in his legs to run in the Rosehill Guineas and the Derby and that is when he will be at his best,” Baker said.
The $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) runs on March 30.
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