Despite a wide barrier 10 draw the Ken Keys-trained Rich Enuff remains the clear favourite to take out Saturday’s 2014 Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne.
A 14-horse field of three-year-olds was accepted for this year’s $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the classic mile showdown running as Caulfield Race 9 on the weekend.
Four of the final Caulfield Guineas acceptors come off a last start win including the dominant favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au Rich Enuff.
Drawn in double digits with Michael Rodd, 2008 Caulfield Guineas winning rider aboard Whobegotyou, to continue his association with the son of Written Tycoon, in-form colt Rich Enuff has won his past three starts including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes – Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude double last month.
He won both of those races from outside draws, the Danehill down the Flemington straight from 12 of 15 and the Prelude here at Caulfield on September 28 from 13 of 13.
Being out in 10 on Saturday then suits the up-and-comer to a tee according to Rodd and connections, and the bookies agree with Rich Enuff the $2.60 top fancy in the latest Caulfield Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.
“I’m really happy, it’s a perfect draw for him,” Rodd told Racing Victoria.
“He’s got incredible gate speed, so there’s not much of a problem of getting across in front of the field, it’s more so where the other pace is drawn around him.
“There’s a couple out wide that have drawn pretty ordinary and they’re going to have to push forward, so we’ll just slide across with those guys early and let it sort itself out.”
Just three of his rivals join him on single figures in the markets too, the next best fancied of which is the Tony Gollan-trained market mover Looks Like The Cat in from $6 to $5.50.
Drawn one inside the favourite in gate nine with Damian Browne to ride, the barrier one of a handful yet to produce a Caulfield Guineas winner in the past 31 years, the Husson gelding hails from Brisbane and comes via the same two runs as Rich Enuff.
Gollan was pleased with the gate for his runner who he rates a fighting fit chance on Saturday.
“We’ve obviously got a bit of ground to make up, but our horse is going to present fit and healthy and, if he gets the right run in transit, I expect him to run extremely well,” he said.
Group 1 placed behind Gai Waterhouse’s Cox Plate-bound Almalad in the JJ Atkins over the mile back home in June, Looks Like The Cat ran second in both the Danehill and the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and is second fancy again on Saturday.
The other two under $10 are then JJ Atkins winner Almalad ($7) in gate 13 with Tommy Berry aboard and Shooting To Win in gate eight for Kiwi expat James McDonald.
Almalad has had three runs to his name this time in, most recently the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) under the lights at Moonee Valley on September 26.
Shooting To Win meanwhile also comes off a win, Peter & Paul Snowden’s Northern Meteor colt having beaten home Scissor Kick by an easy three lengths in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 27 ahead of his Melbourne debut here.
Outside of the top four in Caulfield Guineas betting are then a host of other chances at nice odds including one time favourite Chivalry ($15), the rails-drawn Zebulon ($15) out to become the eighth winner from that gate since 1983, New Zealand raider Our Vespa ($16) and Stutt Stakes third placegetter Kumaon ($17) for John O’Shea.
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