Gerald Ryan’s last start Danehill Stakes winner Charlie Boy was not accepted for Sunday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and will instead take on a field of their own kind in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2013 at the same meet.
A dual nominee for Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day, the quality of gallopers heading toward the marquee event prompted connections of Myboycharlie colt Charlie Boy to run them against a field of fellow three-year-old males in the $175,000 Group 3 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
“It is the better option,” Ryan said of the Prelude according to AAP.
“Charlie Boy worked well on the course proper at Caulfield on Tuesday and the Prelude is an easier race for him.”
Drawn on the rails in barrier one with Damien Oliver to ride, the progressive galloper is heading toward the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) back at the track on October 12.
After defeating Kiss A Rose by three quarters of a length when resuming in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 7, Charlie Boy firmed into an $11 chance in futures Caulfield Guineas odds.
Whether they’re worth that price or shorter will be made clearer come Sunday arvo as they face off against the current $4.20 Caulfield Guineas betting favourite Long John in the Prelude.
Peter Snowden’s Street Cry gelding won their opening three career starts during the autumn, including the Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington as the odds-on favourite, before stepping out at Moonee Valley on August 24 for their three-year-old debut.
There they ran a competitive third to Cauthen in the McKenzie Stakes, an effort they improved on next up to win the Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes over 1400m at Flemington on September 7.
Henry Bucks runner-up Weinholt, a $26 outsider in Caulfield Guineas betting, is also backing up in the Prelude drawn in the extreme outside barrier 13 of 13.
Peter Moody’s son of Stratum had their first black type start when fourth in the McKenzie and look set to continue with their efforts.
The other top Caulfield Guineas 2013 fancy running in Sunday’s Prelude is the David Hayes-trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking jumping from barrier two with Hong Kong-based Brett Prebble in the saddle.
Rated a $7.50 chance for next month’s Group 1 the son of Fastnet Rock bolted into Guineas contention with their second-up win over Prince Harada in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) in August.
They failed to back-up from that at Rosehill two weeks ago however when five lengths away 10th to Zoustar in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last start.
Other notable hopes for Sunday’s Prelude and their current Caulfield Guineas prices are then the undefeated Michael Moroney-trained Marwood ($12), Danehill Stakes third placed Eclair Big Bang ($21), the Mick Price-trained Longma ($26) and Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 JJ Atkins winner from the winter Romantic Touch ($31).
The official Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2013 field, barriers and jockeys are detailed in the table below.
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2013 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 7 – 4:15pm (AEST) – 29/09/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||5x7111x8||ROMANTIC TOUCH||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||12||57.5kg||95|
|2||1x34867x1||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||Damien Oliver||1||57.5kg||98|
|3||442255×210||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||Brett Prebble||2||57kg||90|
|4||111×31||LONG JOHN||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3||57kg||82|
|5||4x171x342||WEINHOLT||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||13||55kg||71|
|6||1×13||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||6||55kg||75|
|7||130||HILL SPY||Robert Smerdon||Ben Melham||9||55kg||68|
|8||11||MARWOOD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Nicholas Hall||10||55kg||69|
|9||11||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Craig Newitt||7||55kg||70|
|10||2×22||ILGATTINO||Kelvin Bourke||Craig Williams||5||55kg||61|
|11||191||WORTH A RANSOM||Mick Price||Michael Walker||8||55kg||68|
|12||16||LONGMA||Mick Price||Glen Boss||4||55kg||65|
|13||771||DURAN||Tony Vasil||Jack Hill||11||55kg||62|