Tony Vasil’s Golden Rose favourite for this weekend Prince Harada is also the top fancy of the 83 Caulfield Guineas 2013 first acceptances taken today.
Originally a bumper 238 three-year-olds were nominated for this year’s $1 million BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) which runs at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 12, a figure cut by more than half at first declaration stage.
Early favourite in the latest Caulfield Guineas odds is Haradasun colt Prince Harada, a winner of two of their three career starts to date.
After a luckless first-up second in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) first-up this season where they suffered nasty interference late which cost them the race, Prince Harada will back-up on Saturday as the narrow favourite in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney.
All going to plan it will then be onto Melbourne for a shot at the Caulfield Guineas.
The next two best in Caulfield Guineas betting who were both accepted today are then the Peter Snowden-trained Long John and David Hayes’ in-form Fast ‘N’ Rocking.
Darley-owned Street Cry gelding Long John kicked their career off during the autumn with three straight wins including their emphatic four length Listed Anzac Stakes Day (1410m) success at Flemington.
They resumed as a three-year-old on August 24 at Moonee Valley when third to Cauthen in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) before winning the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last Saturday.
Snowden and co. have big plans for Long John who could go all the way to the $1 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November if they continue to show an ability to stay.
Last start McNeil Stakes winner Fast ‘N’ Rocking, like Prince Harada, meanwhile will use this weekend’s Golden Rose as a Caulfield Guineas lead-up.
Others to do the same include Snowden’s Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep whose dead last in the Run To The Rose needs to be forgiven, Anthony Cummings’ Danehill Dancer colt Drago coming off a second in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m), Gai Waterhouse’s Group 3 Ming Dynasty Stakes winner from last Saturday in Sydney Aussies Love Sport and the James & Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone.
Other notable Caulfield Guineas 2013 first acceptors then include last weekend’s Group 2 Danehill Stakes champion down the Flemington straight Charlie Boy, the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamus Award and Marwood who earned their Guineas assignment with a big Bendigo win over 1400m last Sunday.
The most notable defector from the Caulfield Guineas meanwhile was Kiwi raider Cauthen.
Also absent from the Cox Plate first declarations, the Andrew Campbell-trained Darci Brahma colt is returning to New Zealand after their failure over the weekend.
Winner of the McKenzie Stakes two back, Cauthen was beaten nearly 10 lengths when 12th behind Long John in the Henry Bucks last Saturday.
Cauthen pulled up sore after that disappointing run forcing connections reconsider their readiness to tackle a Group 1 field in Melbourne this spring carnival.
Caulfield Guineas second acceptances close on September 24 before the release of the highly-anticipated final field for the classic on October 8.
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2013 Caulfield Guineas First Acceptances
Caulfield Racecourse – 12/10/2013
|1||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|3||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|5||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||56.5kg|
|6||BULL POINT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|7||CASTLEMAINE (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||56.5kg|
|8||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||56.5kg|
|9||CHURCHILL DANCER||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|13||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||56.5kg|
|15||DESK POP||John P Thompson||56.5kg|
|16||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|17||DIVINE CALLING||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|20||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||56.5kg|
|21||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||56.5kg|
|22||EPIC SAGA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||56.5kg|
|24||ESSENTIAL ELEMENT||Greg Eurell||56.5kg|
|25||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|26||EXCITES ZELADY||Chris Bieg||56.5kg|
|28||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|29||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace||56.5kg|
|30||FORGET MAYBE||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|32||GLOBAL ASSAULT (NZ)||Shawn Mathrick||56.5kg|
|33||GREAT ESTEEM||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|34||HANDSOME TYCOON||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|35||HILL SPY||Robert Smerdon||56.5kg|
|36||HILTON CASTLE||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|37||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|38||HOOKED||John P Thompson||56.5kg|
|40||I AM TITANIUM||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|43||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||56.5kg|
|44||KINGDOM OF DREAMS||Mark Kavanagh||56.5kg|
|46||LATE CHARGE||Patrick Payne||56.5kg|
|47||LE MANS||Mick Price||56.5kg|
|48||LONG JOHN||Peter Snowden||56.5kg|
|50||LORD DA VINCI||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||56.5kg|
|51||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||56.5kg|
|52||MARWOOD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||56.5kg|
|53||NITE ROCKER||Lloyd Kennewell||56.5kg|
|55||ONE STEP BEYOND||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|56||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|57||ORION (NZ)||Murray Baker||56.5kg|
|61||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||56.5kg|
|65||ROMANTIC TOUCH||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|66||SAINTLY LAD||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|67||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||56.5kg|
|68||SHAMUS AWARD||Danny O’Brien||56.5kg|
|70||SINGLE DAYS||Jason Warren||56.5kg|
|72||SUPER FUN||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|73||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|74||SURGING WAVE||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|75||THE BOWLER||Tony Vasil||56.5kg|
|76||THE YOWIE||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|77||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|78||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||56.5kg|
|79||WEINHOLT||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|81||WORTH A RANSOM||Mick Price||56.5kg|
|83||MY LITTLE FRIEND||Tony McEvoy||54.5kg|