Lightly-raced youngster Chivalry is preparing for their new season return this coming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival where the then three-year-old will be aimed at the Caulfield Guineas 2014.
Prepared by former Melbourne Cup winning horseman Mark Kavanagh in Victoria, Street Cry colt Chivalry has had four starts to date for one win and an unplaced Group 1 run.
A $280,000 yearling buy from the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales in January last year, Chivalry enjoyed a Monee Valley victory second-up in late December to break their maiden status.
They were stepped up in class and distance then during the autumn when third to Rubick in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m).
It was the big Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) next on February 22 where they made up plenty of ground late after going back to last in a slowly run race.
After doing their best work in the closing stages they ran a commendable eighth to Earthquake when beaten four lengths by the Darley-owned filly.
The effort was won that indicated they would be better suited to more distance, something Kavanagh plans to give them in the spring where they’ll get out over the mile.
The major goal for Chivalry, set to start pre-training next week, when they return will be the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) likely to run on Saturday October 11 this year.
“Chivalry’s booked to start work and pre-training again on Monday,” Kavanagh told Racing Victoria.
“He will be headed along gently towards the Caulfield Guineas.
“It was my opinion that what we got out of him [during this first prep] was probably a bonus.
“Being by Street Cry is a positive, as he looks like he can make the right progression on to his three-year-old season.
“He’s certainly shown us in his style of racing that he’ll be more effective over a longer journey.”
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Early favourite at $10 is the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau who gets a chance to atone for the BRC Sires Produce Stakes loss next start in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.
Chivalry is then hot on their heels at $11 followed by the John O’Shea-trained colt Meursault ($12) who won at Hawkesbury on debut this month and Gerald Ryan’s Champagne Classic failure Bachman ($13).
Kavanagh also made his spring plans clear with last year’s Australian Cup winner Super Cool who will target the 2014 Cox Plate but not the Melbourne Cup.
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