Michael Moroney’s up and coming three-year-old Marwood retained their unbeaten status on Sunday earning a shot at the Caulfield Guineas 2013 next month with their big Bendigo win.
A son of O’Reilly out of Group 1 winning mare Pernod, Marwood debuted at Seymour in August with an impressive five length victory in the mud, and pulled off a similarly emphatic turf triumph at career start number two yesterday.
Going up from 1200m to 1400m, the gelding relished the increase in distance and handled a Slow (6) track to put four and a half lengths on Curragh King and salute as the $1.50 odds-on favourite in the $30,000 BRB Electrical Showcase 0 – 64 Handicap (1400m).
Their two easy kills have given Moroney and co. confidence enough to confirm them for the $1 million Group 1 The BECK Caulfield Guineas (1400m) on October 12 during this year’s coveted Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“Because he was so impressively, we’ll go three weeks now into the Guineas Prelude and give him his chance and see how he can step up there,” Moroney’s foreman Matt Hoysted said on Sunday according to Racing Victoria.
The $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) runs at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday September 29 and will be the first stakes assignment for Marwood ahead of the Guineas a fortnight later.
One firm believer Marwood has what it takes to step up in grade is jockey Nicholas Hall aboard the horse for their two effortless victories so far.
“His first start was a maiden on a heavy track, but I think this seals it and proves that he’s the real deal today,” he said on Sunday.
“He’s going to be definitely up there and I think he’s going to be competitive this spring for sure.”
Caulfield Guineas betting is led by the Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada ($4.60) while Peter Snowden’s Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes winner from the weekend Long John follows closely on $5.
Marwood meanwhile is a little further down the markets at $16, equal with smart Kiwi raider Cauthen who plummeted after their disappointing 12th in the Henry Bucks.
Another possible Caulfield Guineas hope to come out of the Bendigo races on Sunday was the David Hayes-trained Surging Wave.
The Kiwi expat was unplaced in their two runs back in New Zealand, but the Encosta De Lago gelding showed their potential with a tidy one and three quarter length victory of Snowden’s $2 favourite Tupac Amaru in the $17,500 Bendigo Magazine Maiden Plate (1400m).
They are an $81 roughie in the Caulfield Guineas odds still however.
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