The much awaited Australian debut of boom Kiwi galloper Cauthen could happen as early as this Saturday with the Caulfield Guineas 2013-bound colt nominated to appear at Moonee Valley.
Prepared by Andrew Campbell at Otaki the rising three-year-old son of Darci Brahma has had just the one run to date back home in New Zealand.
It was a cracker run though with Cauthen racing away to win a juvenile maiden over 1200m at Te Rapa by an emphatic eight and a half lengths at the start of the month.
The form of that win has since held up too with the horses that finished in the money behind him going on to run a trifecta back at the same track last weekend.
“I’ve always thought a lot of him and you worry what’s behind him when you win that well, but last Saturday at Te Rapa the placegetters behind him ran one, two and three,” Campbell said.
That effort was enough to convince connections they’re deserving of a shot at the riches on offer during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Their main aim is scheduled as the $1 million Group 1 The BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12, one of the premier three-year-old races for the season.
“It’s early days yet but if we can get there it will be a great thrill,” Campbell said.
They could kick start that Caulfield Guineas campaign in the first on Saturday having been entered for the $80,000 Super Vobis Three-Years-Old Colts & Geldings BM78 Handicap (1000m).
Originally Campbell had planned to run Cauthen first-up in the $125,000 Listed Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 17 to ensure they earned enough prize money to make the Caulfield Guineas field.
Their NZ win netted just $5,000 and so they must quickly gather some more earnings to make the cut for the big Group 1.
However as the horse has settled so well in Victoria he has thrown in the Moonee Valley nomination with a decision pending whether they will accept and get things underway earlier.
They landed in Melbourne last Wednesday and are based at Peter Morgan’s Whittlesea property and have done everything right since their arrival.
“We’re very happy with the way he has travelled over,” Campbell was reported saying by AAP.
Should they accept they will face some other exciting rivals including the Peter Moody-trained Weinholt, last start Seymour champion Red Samurai and Rick Hore-Lacy’s Bel Espirt gelding Clevadude who is also heading towards the Caulfield Guineas 2013 despite their failure in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic last start back in January.
“It may be a bit short for him but we have to kick off somewhere. If he’s hitting the line well we’ll be over the moon,” Campbell said.
2013 Caulfield Guineas nominations close next Tuesday, August 6, and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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