He’s drawn wide and is the second roughest in the markets to win but local Caulfield trainer John Moloney is hoping for an upset 2014 Caulfield Guineas result on Saturday with his runner Stingray.
There are 14 three-year-olds making up the field for this year’s $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the favourite of which is last start Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Rich Enuff.
Drawn in gate 10 the Ken Keys-trained top fancy pays $2.60 in the latest Caulfield Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au as he shoots for his fourth straight win.
At the opposite end of the Caulfield Guineas betting markets at $51 meanwhile is the horse drawn one outside of Rich Enuff, Stingray to jump from barrier 11.
Barrier 11 has produced two Caulfield Guineas winners since 1983, one less than barrier 10, and it wasn’t the gate Moloney had been hoping for his son of Kaphero.
Even without the gate Moloney will turn up with his outside chance hoping for a miracle run with Stingray up over the mile for the first time.
”We’re in the race and he’s proven himself competitive at this level and against these horses before,” Moloney told Racing Network on Tuesday.
The horse has won just two of his 11 starts to date and none since an effort over 900m in a no-maiden-wins sprint for two-year-olds at Sandown back in February.
This time in Stingray has had five runs with his last two being in the same races won by Saturday’s favourite.
He was four and a half lengths away in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 13 and then tried hard again but didn’t have the enough class or time to finish better than eighth in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) last time out on September 28.
“He’s in good order and our expectation is he’ll be in the finish,” Moloney added.
Ben Melham had the ride on Stingray in those two runs but will be replaced by Mark Zahra on Saturday.
Since 1983, nine Caulfield Guineas winners have won at double figures, the most recent of which was All Too Hard ($11 in 2012).
The last real roughie Caulfield Guineas winner meanwhile was 10 years ago when Econsul caused a boilover as a 40-1 outsider back in 2004 defeating Barley A Moment and Under Command.
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