2013 Caulfield Guineas Second Acceptances – Zoustar Still In It

They may be a long shot for a final acceptances but Chris Waller’s Golden Rose winner Zoustar is one of the 46 three-year-olds making up the Caulfield Guineas 2013 second declarations today.


Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound Zoustar remains in the mix for the 2013 Caulfield Guineas. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Running at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 12, the $1 million Group 1 The BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) could still be on the agenda for Waller’s Northern Meteor colt Zoustar after the number of hopefuls targeting the race was cut from 83.

They are also the sole remaining entry for Waller who did not keep them in contention for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) leaving 12 three-year-olds entered for the Moonee Valley classic on October 26.

It has been made known by Waller and his racing manager Liam Prior this week that the preferred Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival grand final for Zoustar is the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

But they could still be extended up to the mile for the Guineas prior to that.

“We didn’t want to rule it out completely,” Prior told Racing Victoria today.

“The plan is to run in the Coolmore, but thought that taking him out of acceptances today was a touch premature.

“It’s most likely he’ll run in Sydney next Saturday in the Roman Consul and then in the Coolmore.

“We’ll probably make a definite decision by the end of this week.”

While not still in Cox Plate contention, Zoustar did feature in the nominations for both the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on the eve of Cox Plate Day and the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day (November 9).

Early Caulfield Guineas betting favourite Long John is also rival Sydney trainer Peter Snowden’s last horse standing for the classic.

The Street Cry gelding stepped it up on September 7 to win the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) at Flemington but Snowden has said he is still not sure if they are a Group 1 horse this prep.

Second fancy is then Sebring colt Dissident, runner-up in the Golden Rose, who is still on the Guineas path for ace local trainer Peter Moody along with his Henry Bucks second placegetter Weinholt.

Dissident was last seen stepping up to open company in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday when sixth to Streama.

The most notable Caulfield Guineas defector meanwhile was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Bull Point.

Waterhouse still has five second acceptors however, most notably Aussies Love Sport who won the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Randwick on September 7.

Also withdrawn were the likes of the James & Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone who ran eight in the Golden Rose and Tony McEvoy’s eye-catching Caulfield winner form last weekend Iconic.

Other big name players in the Caulfield Guineas odds accepted for today then include the Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada, last start Danehill Stakes winner Charlie Boy, Fast ‘N’ Rocking and the unbeaten Marwood.

2013 Caulfield Guineas final acceptances and barriers are due to be released on Tuesday October 8 at 9:00am (AEST).

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2013 Caulfield Guineas Second Acceptances

Caulfield Racecourse – 12/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
2 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
3 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys 56.5kg
4 CHARLIE BOY Gerald Ryan 56.5kg
5 CHURCHILL DANCER David Hayes 56.5kg
6 CLUSTER Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
7 COUNTRYMAN Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
8 DESK POP John P Thompson 56.5kg
9 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody 56.5kg
10 DIVINE CALLING Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
11 DRAGO Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
12 DURAN Tony Vasil 56.5kg
13 ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ) Phillip Stokes 56.5kg
14 EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg
15 EPIC SAGA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 56.5kg
16 ESSENTIAL ELEMENT Greg Eurell 56.5kg
17 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes 56.5kg
18 GREAT ESTEEM David Hayes 56.5kg
19 HILL SPY Robert Smerdon 56.5kg
20 HONEY STEEL’S GOLD David Hayes 56.5kg
21 HOOKED John P Thompson 56.5kg
22 I AM TITANIUM David Hayes 56.5kg
23 ILGATTINO Kelvin Bourke 56.5kg
24 KINGDOM OF DREAMS Mark Kavanagh 56.5kg
25 LATE CHARGE Patrick Payne 56.5kg
26 LE MANS Mick Price 56.5kg
27 LONG JOHN Peter Snowden 56.5kg
28 LONGMA Mick Price 56.5kg
29 MARWOOD (NZ) Michael Moroney 56.5kg
30 NITE ROCKER Lloyd Kennewell 56.5kg
31 OLIVIER David Hayes 56.5kg
32 POLANSKI Robbie Laing 56.5kg
33 POMPEIUS Frankie Stockdale 56.5kg
34 PRINCE HARADA Tony Vasil 56.5kg
35 PYRROLIC Michael Kent 56.5kg
36 ROCKFORD Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
37 ROMANTIC TOUCH Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
38 SAINTLY LAD Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg
39 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) John O’Shea 56.5kg
40 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien 56.5kg
41 SURGE AHEAD Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
42 THE BOWLER Tony Vasil 56.5kg
43 THUNDER FANTASY Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
44 WEINHOLT Peter G Moody 56.5kg
45 WORTH A RANSOM Mick Price 56.5kg
46 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller 56.5kg