Merion Readies for 2014 Caulfield Guineas Campaign

August 15, 2014

Merion Readies for 2014 Caulfield Guineas Campaign

While a host of hopeful three-year-olds kick off their Caulfield Guineas 2014 campaigns on PB Lawrence Stakes Day in Melbourne this weekend, Michael Moroney will wait until next Saturday to launch the new season of his Guineas chance Merion.

Michael Moroney

Michael Moroney will kick off the 2014 Caulfield Guineas campaign of Merion on August 23. Photo: Taron Clarke.

Undefeated O’Reilly gelding Merion will make his three-year-old debut at Moonee Valley Racecourse on August 23 with his Flemington-based trainer Moroney locking in a first-up run in the $120,000 Listed Essendon Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1200m).

He was earmarked for the race on Friday morning after impressing Moroney with a nice gallop at Flemington when finishing just a length off speedy mare Minaj over 800m down Victoria’s premier straight course.

That was the second jumpout at home for Merion who looks race fit and ready to go even though the distance of the Mitchell McKenzie will be short of their preferred.

“The 1200 metres might be a bit short for him, but we’ll kick him off there anyway,” Moroney said on Friday. “It’s a starting point.

“He trialled well enough today. I know (jockey) Steve (Arnold) thinks that he’s getting a bit more dour than he was as a two-year-old, so once he gets to 1400 or further he‘ll be more competitive, but we’ll kick him off 1200.

“He’s furnished and grown a lot between campaigns, so we’re really happy with where he’s at at this stage.”

He will go into Saturday week’s race with a flawless two-from-two record to date after starting their career in the best way possible during the Melbourne Festival of Racing.

A win on debut at Bendigo over 1300m was followed a month later at Flemington on April 25 where the then juvenile put half a length on Light Up Manhattan despite early interference in the Listed ANZAC Day Stakes (1410m).

Showing plenty of promise as a genuine 1600 – 2400m type, Merion then will target the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) this spring on October 11.

Between the McKenzie and the Guineas is the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Sunday September 28 that Moroney is also looking at.

“He’ll more than likely go to the Guineas Prelude because I’d like to give him a look at Caulfield before the Guineas,” he said.

Early Caulfield Guineas odds at has him at $26 to win in markets led by Almalad and Brazen Beau, who ran one-two in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane during the winter, as co-$9 favourites.

Merion is also nominated for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25 at Moonee Valley, the weight-for-age classic won by a three-year-old last year with Shamus Award the first maiden in history to take it out.

The 2014 Cox Plate though is far from a confirmed target for Moroney’s up-and-comer who pays $67 to win.

Also on the cards could be a step right up to 2500m for the $1 million Group 1 Victoria Derby on November 1 at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Moroney though is solely focused on the Caulfield Guineas right now.

To back Merion first-up next weekend, and access all the futures Group 1 racing markets for the coming months head to where your first deposit will be matched by the house up to $250 as a bonus bet to kick things off!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The E...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The Everest After Brisbane Winter

It is shaping-up as a huge year for Benjamin Smith’s class mare In Her Time...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 for Trapeze Artist

The world’s richest race on turf, the 2018 The Everest, will be firmly on the...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field