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Sheikh Mohammed has had plenty of success in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) over the past seven years but is looking for his first win on Saturday since Godolphin took over the Darley operation earlier in the year.
Peter Snowden won the race for the Sheikh four times in the past seven years while he was in charge of the owner’s stables with Caymans (2008), Kidnapped (2009), Tatra (2012), and Paximadia (2013) but this year it is up to John O’Shea to win the race with maiden three-year-old Careless.
Despite not winning any of his ten career starts thus far, the Godolphin team rate Careless as a serious contender in the 2014 Sandown Guineas – a race that has been a long-term goal for the three-year-old colt.
“We’ve had great success in the race and I’d say Careless would measure up in terms of ability with most of those winners,” Godolphin racing manager Jason Walsh told Sky Racing.
“So whilst he’s still a maiden we think he’s definitely got stakes ability and we expect him to be competitive again there on Saturday.”
Careless is the market mover in the Sandown Guineas betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, seeing his price shorten from $15 to $10, while Stratum Star is favourite at a price of $2.80.
The colt has finished in the first three in two of his three spring campaign starts, including the Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) on October 18. He was already run at the highest level of racing in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m) on June 7th, at the end of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. He finished fifth in the race, just 1½ lengths off the winner Almalad.
Walsh told Sky Racing that consideration had been given to running Careless in the Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) later this month but he will remain in Melbourne for Saturday’s $300,000 Sandown Guineas after drawing well in barrier five.
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