In-form miler Dissident is aiming to continue his near-perfect start to 2014 at Royal Randwick this weekend, having been including in a talented list of 20 nominations for the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Having amassed two wins and five places from only ten starts to date, Dissident opened his career with a resounding win over Kuroshio and Thermal Current in the 2013 Listed Blue Diamond Preview C&G (1000m).
Following a particularly consistent spring campaign which undoubtedly peaked when second behind Zoustar in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in September, the talented Sebring colt has returned to the track in scintillating form in his current preparation, finishing second behind fellow Randwick Guineas nominee El Roca in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up before displaying a strong turn of foot to win the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on March 1ST.
With the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th figuring as the main aim for the exciting three-year-old this campaign, trainer Peter Moody is confident Dissident will hit top gear in this weekend’s Randwick Guineas.
Having finished outside the places only once in six starts, which has also included three wins, El Roca has also returned to racing in 2014 in great condition, following up his strong win in the Eskimo Prince Stakes with an unlucky second behind Terravista in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) last weekend.
El Roca’s preparation for the Randwick Guineas took a notable hit two weeks ago when stewards discovered he had received an illegal treatment the following day; promptly removing his name from the Hobartville Stakes final field on the afternoon of the event.
While not ideal, trainer Trent Busuttin deemed a final run vital to El Roca’s preparation and decided to run the Fastnet Rock colt last weekend, confident a single week’s turn around would not affect performance.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 Randwick Guineas is highly-rated runner Criterion.
Claiming three wins and four places in his 13 career starts so far, talented three-year-old Criterion has built to the task in 2014; following up a strong run for fourth in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) first-up with a competitive second behind Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) most recently.
The star of his stable, trainer David Payne has geared Criterion’s preparation towards an appearance in the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and is confident of lead-up success in the Randwick Guineas.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse is set to dominate the final field for the 2014 Randwick Guineas, having included exciting prospects Bull Point, Romantic Touch and Woodbine in nominations.
Following up a memorable maiden preparation in 2013 which included an impressive third behind Zoustar and Dissident in the Golden Rose, Bull Point has looked competitive over his two starts in 2014; comfortably claiming the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) first-up before finishing an unlucky fourth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on February 22nd.
Northern Meteor gelding Romantic Touch has not yet reached peak form in 2014, placing third in the Eskimo Prince Stakes first-up before a forgettable 6th in the Hobartville last time out.
Despite the less-than-convincing start, Waterhouse is confident of a strong autumn preparation from Romantic Touch following an impressive 2013 preparation which delivered Group 1 success in the J.J Atkins (1600m).Ladbrokes is currently offering the best odds on all 2014 autumn races!
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2014 Group 1 Randwick Guineas Nominations
|2||BULL POINT||Gai Waterhouse||94|
|3||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||100|
|4||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||101|
|5||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||101|
|6||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||98|
|8||HIGH TEC (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||68|
|9||HOOKED||John P Thompson||77|
|11||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||73|
|12||ROCK HERO||David Payne||77|
|13||ROMANTIC TOUCH||Gai Waterhouse||93|
|14||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||96|
|15||SHOW THE WORLD (NZ)||Murray Baker||76|
|16||SINGING FLAME||Kevin Moses||63|
|18||TERONADO||Bruce W Hill||77|
|19||TUPAC AMARU||Peter Snowden||70|