Zebulon, one of the 2014 Caulfield Guineas leading contenders, is no longer a certain starter for the $1 million race at Caulfield Racecourse Saturday week.
Co-trainer Peter Morgan acknowledged there was now “a bit of a question mark” over Zebulon running in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 after finishing last in the Group 2 Jeep Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m).
Morgan told TVN he simply wants to make sure Zebulon, who is a $17 chance for the Guineas with Ladbrokes.com.au, hasn’t had enough this campaign and is still happy to run.
“We just want to make sure he’s happy,” Morgan said.
“I thought the other night at Moonee Valley he was telling us that if we went near him to nick off.
“I’ve just got to be careful that he’s not peeved with everyone.”
The 2014 Bill Stutt Stakes was a messy-run at Moonee Valley last Friday night. Zebulon was in fifth on the rail early but got strung up in traffic. The three-year-old then finished the last bit of the track poorly, resulting in a last-place ninth finish, nearly seven lengths behind winner Almalad.
Zebulon will travel to the Caulfield track next Tuesday for a gallop, during which Moran and Craig Widdison will determine if the colt will take his place among the 2014 Caulfield Guineas field.
Zebulon had great form before the Bill Stutt, finishing no wider than third in all four of his first starts. However after four months of constant competitive starts, the three-year-old colt may be done with his campaign.
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