Mark Kavanagh has confirmed Caulfield Guineas 2014 ambitions with imposing colt Chivalry after his easy win in the H.D.F. McNeil Stakes at Caulfield today.
Going out at generous odds in a market thrown wide open with the scratching of Nostradamus, the son of Street Cry jumped at $8 to win the $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) on Memsie Stakes Day.
Ridden by Glen Boss from an outside barrier in the three-year-olds’ clash, Chivalry did everything connections would be wanting him to do first-up with hype surrounding his Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
As a two year old the hype was also there as he ran third in a Group 3 at Caulfield before running a fast finishing eighth to Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in February.
Having his first run since then today, Chivalry again looked like he may be wanting more distance when storming over the top of them in the McNeil.
Race favourite Novel Dancer ($6), who went on to run last, was away well form the gates while Chivalry ($7.50) went out back early.
It was a genuinely run race and the eventual winner was very happy sitting off them out the back relaxing waiting for the closing stages to strike.
Group 1 perfomer Cornrow led after the field settled with the likes of Boomwa and Cornrow’s stablemate Jabali just off him.
As they approached the turn Chivalry and Boss began to make their move coming up to round up their rivals.
In a tight finish right on the line they stuck the neck out and beat home a brave Nordic Empire ($10) from the Mick Price stables with Leon & Troy Corstens’ Awesome Rock ($9) also putting in a nice first-up effort in third.
A big colt with lots of attitude, Chivalry is now starting the show the talent as well just in time for a campaign targeting the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.
“One swallow doesn’t make a summer,” Kavanagh said post-win keeping his emotions in check.
“But he’s not a bad horse and he certainly did the job today.
“We’ll be heading towards that way (the Caulfield Guineas) and with his style of racing, looks to be suitable to that sort of race and the longer distances.
“I think he’s pretty good and he was obviously better than any of those guys today.”
Earlier in the week Boss tipped Chivalry for a competitive run on Memsie Day and had the youngster pegged as a Guineas-type horse who would love getting up to a mile and beyond.
Today Kavanagh agreed that there was improvement to come from the youngster as he went up over more distance, leading to possible talks of even a $3 million Group 3 Cox Plate (2040m) run at Moonee Valley under weight-for-age conditions on October 25.
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2014 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 6 – 30/08/2014
|1||9||CHIVALRY||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||–||11||56kg||$7.50|
|2||8||NORDIC EMPIRE||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||0.2L||5||56kg||$10|
|3||11||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||0.4L||10||56kg||$9|
|4||12||FORGIVE AND FORGET||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||1.9L||6||56kg||$26|
|5||10||STINGRAY||John Moloney||Patrick Moloney (a)||2L||9||56kg||$9|
|6||6||CORNROW||Mick Price||Brad Rawiller||3.5L||4||56kg||$9|
|7||1||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||4L||2||58.5kg||$10|
|8||5||TAN TAT DIAMOND Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4.3L||7||57.5kg||$19|
|9||7||JABALI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||4.8L||12||56kg||$7.50|
|10||2||BOOMWAA||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||7.55L||8||58kg||$9|
|11||4||MOONOVERMANHATTAN||Mick Price||Daniel Moor||7.75L||1||57.5kg||$31|
|12||13||NOVEL DANCER Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Shea Eden||Vlad Duric||11.25L||3||54kg||$6F|
|–||3||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||–||0||–||–|