Complacent Out Of The Australian Guineas

Darley colt Complacent has been ruled out of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) that will be run at Flemington on March 1 as part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.

Complacent is set to start his 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign in the Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on March 8.

Complacent is set to start his 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign in the Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on March 8. Photo: Steve Hart

Complacent was included in the nominations for the Australian Guineas that were released last week, but trainer Peter Snowden confirmed that the son of Authorized will run exclusively in Sydney during his autumn campaign.

The three-year-old is set to return to the races in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 8 before returning to Group 1 level for the Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 15, the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 29 and the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 12.

Complacent will be chasing his second win at Group 1 level during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, in what will likely be his final campaign in Australia, after breaking through for a win at the highest level of racing during the spring.

The Authorized colt started his racing career with two second place finishes in autumn and broke through for his maiden race win with a comfortable victory in the Hawkesbury Race Club Motel Maiden (1400m) on September 12.

He made his debut at Group level with a narrow win over Savvy Nature and Drago in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 28 before scoring a maiden Group 1 win in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 12.

Complacent was taken to Melbourne for the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and worked home strongly after missing the start to finish second behind Polanski in the $1.5 million event.

The Australia Guineas is one of the only major three-year-old races on the Australian racing calendar that has not been won by the Darley operation and the leading stable is set to still have a representative in the Group 1 event.

San Diego, who finished 12th in the Victoria Derby, has been included in the nominations for the Australia Guineas and will contest the race after resuming in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15.

Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada ($8) is currently a narrow favourite in 2014 Australian Guineas markets from Cox Plate winner Shamus Award ($9) and Robbie Laing-trained Polanski ($11).

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