The money continues to roll in for Ken Keys’ Caulfield Guineas 2014 betting favourite Rich Enuff who is the firming top fancy to win Saturday’s Melbourne major.
Running as Caulfield Race 9 at 5:40pm (AEST) as the penultimate event on the bumper 10-race program, this year’s $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) sees Cranbourne-based Written Tycoon colt Rich Enuff shoot for his fourth straight win.
His record sits at three wins from four starts with the three-year-old having won all of his starts this time in including back-to-back Group races leading up to the Caulfield Guineas test.
He’s defeated the Tony Gollan-trained Looks Like The Cat in both the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) over the past month and is on fire heading into his first Group 1 race.
It will also be Rich Enuff’s first look at the mile, but the bookies aren’t deterred with the youngster sitting top of the Caulfield Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
He opened at a quote of $2.60 but has since been the steady market mover now paying $2.30 to win and hand Keys his maiden Group 1 victory as a trainer.
Boasting an explosive turn of foot, Rich Enuff has history on his side with nine Caulfield Guineas winners in recent years to have their first 1600m start in the race including Long John (2013) last year.
There are then three other single figure Caulfield Guineas hopes this year with:
- #7 Looks Like The Cat ($6) – Steady at $6, Gollan’s dual runner-up behind Saturday’s favourite is out to turn the tables in Round 3. Looking for a mile now and should be right in the finish up over this distance.
- #4 Shooting To Win ($7) – Another market mover after opening at $8, Peter & Paul Snowden’s Northern Meteor colt comes off a win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) but races in Melbourne for the first time here. Explosive speed and out to become the 12th last start winner to take out the Guineas since 1991.
- #2 Almalad ($7.50) – Gai Waterhouse-trained Group 1 winner eased out form an opening quote of $7 but is undefeated over the mile with two wins over the 1600m including the JJ Atkins. Most recent effort was a Moonee Valley win in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) where things went his way. On-pace runner and can go the distance.
Three others are also under $20 in the markets now with the rails-drawn Zebulon ($15) out to become the eighth winner from the inside alley since 1983, Chivalry ($16) who has eased out from $13 with Glen Boss to ride and Michael Moroney’s last start black type winner at Flemington Merion ($19) who is another easer out from $17.
Previously quoted at $15 the big market drifter is then New Zealander Our Vespa out to $21 who comes off a sixth to Rich Enuff in his Australian debut in the Prelude.
History is against Our Vespa and the six other hopes that didn’t run top four in their lead-up runs with Econsul (2004) the last Caulfield Guineas winner to finish worse than fourth before taking out the classic after he ran sixth in that year’s Stan Fox Stakes.
Also at $21 is then the John O’Shea-trained Kumaon, also out form $15, the Group 1 performed Lonhro colt coming off a Stutt Stakes third and Group 1 placed in Sydney over this distance behind Go Indy Go in April’s Champagne Stakes.
See below for the latest Caulfield Guineas 2014 odds, available online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where for only $3 punters get the chance to win a record breaking $3 million on Caulfield Guineas Day this year!