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Trainer John O’Shea has nominated two early 2015 Caulfield Guineas chances for Godolphin in the three-year-olds’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival classic this October with Tarquin and Moher on track for a big season.
O’Shea has made public the Spring plans for a host of the stable’s stars including top rising three-year-olds Tarquin and Moher who shape up as Godolphin’s best early hopes for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.
Before becoming the head trainer for racing goliath Godolphin, O’Shea saddled up five Caulfield Guineas runners and finished third in the feature on one occasion.
Godolphin meanwhile previously raced in Australia under the Darley banner with Peter Snowden as the head trainer and that combination enjoyed three recent Caulfield Guineas victories with Helmet (2011), Long John (2013) and Shooting To Win (2014) last year.
New head horseman O’Shea then is hoping to secure a hat-trick of Caulfield Guineas wins for his bosses and believes both Group 1 placed Hard Spun colt Tarquin and recent Seymour winner Moher are a chance to do just that.
Tarquin has had the four runs to date for two wins and a third, winning his opening two starts firstly at Newcastle over 1300m in February on debut before a three-quarter length victory in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in mid-March.
From there he was stepped up to elite company in April at Royal Randwick when under three lengths away fifth to the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai, who also has the Caulfield Guineas in his sights this Spring, in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Next time out in his last appearance, Tarquin went up to a mile and enjoyed the extra metres returning to Randwick in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) to run one and a half lengths away third behind Pasadena Girl.
That campaign showed positive signs for improvement as a three-year-old next prep with the Caulfield Guineas over the same 1600m but in Melbourne looking a nice target.
While yet to be tested in Group 1 company, Moher also has the early showings of a strong Caulfield Guineas candidate according to O’Shea.
The nicely-bred Lonhro colt has run top three in all three of his runs so far including breaking his maiden status last time out on April 15 at Seymour in a two-year-olds’ handicap over 1400m.
Jamie Mott rode the up-and-comer to victory that day, Moher catching the eye when carrying 59kg to his big four and a quarter length win over Celtic Tiger.
Other youngsters named as potential 2015 Caulfield Guineas hopes include recent Warrnambool winner Gredington, the Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained Green Card who will also target Sydney’s Golden Rose in the lead-up and the aforementioned dual Group 1 winning Street Cry colt Pride Of Dubai.
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