Blinkers On Dal Cielo for Caulfield Guineas Prelude

September 26, 2015

Blinkers On Dal Cielo for Caulfield Guineas Prelude

New Zealand horseman Murray Baker is hoping the addition of blinkers to the gear of his nicely-bred colt Dal Chielo can give the young gun an edge over his rivals in the 2015 Caulfield Guineas Prelude in his Australian race debut this weekend.

Murray Baker (with James McDonald)

Murray Baker (pictured with jockey James McDonald) is hopeful of an improved run from his Kiwi raider Dal Cielo in the 2015 Caulfield Guineas Prelude. Photo: Steve Hart.

The three-year-old colt is a son Per Incanto and to date has had five runs back home in NZ for two wins, a second and a third.

One of those wins was in Group 1 company at Ellerslie back in early March when defeating Battle Time home by over a length in the Diamond Stakes (1200m).

First-up this time in he ran outside the top three for the first time when beaten only three quarters of a length by The Justice League in the Listed Breeders Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago, an effort he’s out to improve on in his debut down under at Caulfield Racecourse on Underwood Stakes Day with Baker disappointed with the run.

“He covered a bit of ground in the run but I didn’t think he ran that well. He wandered about a bit which is why we added the blinkers,” Baker told Racenet.

“We’ve had a very wet winter in New Zealand and it’s been hard to get them fit.

“The first good track he had to gallop on was when we arrived here.”

Dal Cielo is one of 16 three-year-old colts and geldings facing off in the $175,000 Group 3 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

He wears the No. 1 saddlecloth with Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson over for the ride on the 57kg top weight in the set weights plus penalties clash where the raider is drawn a treat in barrier two where he should be flying with the blinkers on according to the Cambridge-based Baker.

“He’s worked in them and gone very nicely,” Baker said.

“They certainly switched him on.”

While Baker is yet to trainer a Caulfield Guineas winner, the horseman does have form in Australia with three-year-old stayers having won the 2010 Victoria Derby at Flemington half a decade ago with the ill-fated Lion Tamer.

This year it is the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10 he has in his sights with Dal Cielo who is currently only rated a $51 outsider in the all-in markets for next month’s classic.

For the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, which has produced four Caulfield Guineas winners since 2009, Dal Cielo is an $18 chance through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The markets are firmly led by the Mick Price-trained Ready For Victory ($3.30) in barrier nine with Damien Oliver riding the More Than Ready colt who is after his first win since a successful Flemington debut back in early March.

Two back he was second past the post to Gold Symphony in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 29 and last time out he ran a brave third when one and a half lengths off Kinglike in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

The other best fancied Prelude hopefuls this year are the Michael Moroney-trained Sebring gelding Tulsa ($8.50), Ciaron Maher’s last start Listed Exford Plate (1400m) winner Bon Aurum ($9) and market mover Speith ($9.50) who has just his third run here from a wide barrier 13 draw.

For all the top odds this weekend in Sydney and Melbourne visit Ladbrokes.com.au and quote the exclusive code SPRINGBONUS to also enjoy a first time depositor’s bonus of up to $700!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field