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.
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
|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|
|8||DESK POP||John P Thompson||56.5kg|
|9||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|10||DIVINE CALLING||Gai Waterhouse||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|
|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|
|29||MARWOOD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||56.5kg|
|30||NITE ROCKER||Lloyd Kennewell||56.5kg|
|34||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||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|