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A talented and capacity field of sixteen three-year-olds and one emergency has been confirmed for the 2015 Caulfield Guineas (1600m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.
Press Statement is undoubtedly one of the class horses of the 2015 Caulfield Guineas field, but will require plenty of luck in transit after being allocated the wide and reasonably awkward barrier 14.
Press Statement stamped his claims as one to watch upon debuting to racing in late autumn; delivering notable fields two commanding defeats in a pair of Sydney minors over 1100m and 1350m respectively.
Trainer Chris Waller elected to give the Hinchinbrook colt a baptism of fire at black type level when confirming the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) as his third career start, but the then two-year-old responded in the best way possible when posting a one length victory.
Returning this time for a close second in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m), Press Statement received a horror run in transit in the Golden Rose and was unable to recover in placing fifth, but returned to the winner’s circle with a dominant display in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) on September 26th.
Hugh Bowman has been confirmed to retain the ride on Press Statement, who will be very hard to beat despite the wide alley.
Trainer Mick Price will launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Caulfield Guineas after confirming both Ready For Victory (barrier 4) and Tarzino (barrier 3) in the final field.
Ready For Victory stamped his claims as one to watch when taking out the Listed Festival Of Racing 1000 (1000m) on debut on March 76th, and only continued to impressive when charging home for fourth in the Golden Slipper (1200m).
Returning to the paddock after failing to fire in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), the More Than Ready colt ran on for second in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) first-up this time before placing third amongst classy company in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m).
Having again failed to fire when ninth in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) a fortnight ago, Price is confident Ready For Victory will relish a step up to a mile for Saturday’s feature and has confirmed Glen Boss for the ride.
Tarzino is yet to contest an event at black type level, but has won each of the Cove Hotel Handicap (1400m) and a Caulfield minor over a mile leading into the Guineas, and will be partnered by in-form hoop Craig Newitt.
Godolphin continue to experience huge success in the 2015 Spring Carnival and are offered a leading chance in the Caulfield Guineas field via Shards (barrier 12), who should also enjoy a step up to a mile.
Returning this time for success in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m), Shards only managed to beat one runner home in the Golden Rose but responded well for second behind Press Statement in the Stan Fox Stakes last time.
Team Hawkes runner Rageese has returned to typically competitive form this time but will need plenty of luck from barrier 15, while Odyssey Moon (barrier 13) is a proven performer over course, distance and at the class but it yet to find peak condition this time.
Emergency runner Mr Individual will have to overcome the outside barrier should he gain a start in the 2015 Caulfield Guineas, while last start winner Sovereign Nation will leave from the rails draw.
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2015 Caulfield Guineas Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||111×251||PRESS STATEMENT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||14||56.5kg||95|
|2||423826×355||ODYSSEY MOON||Rodney Northam||Steven Arnold||13||56.5kg||77|
|3||147×239||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||Glen Boss||4||56.5kg||77|
|4||6x22x4143||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||15||56.5kg||80|
|5||2x131x43||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||8||56.5kg||77|
|6||413211||BON AURUM||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||10||56.5kg||82|
|7||321×172||SHARDS||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||12||56.5kg||80|
|8||171||SOVEREIGN NATION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||1||56.5kg||76|
|9||15×1||BASSETT (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||9||56.5kg||75|
|10||51×188||LAST BULLET||John Hyam||Vlad Duric||6||56.5kg||73|
|11||22×6321||LIZARD ISLAND||Pat Hyland||Blake Shinn||2||56.5kg||69|
|12||0x116||KENTUCKY FLYER||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||5||56.5kg||69|
|13||311||TARZINO (NZ)||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||3||56.5kg||69|
|14||1×1194||SNOOPY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||11||56.5kg||73|
|15||3×162||TULSA||Michael Moroney||Ben Melham||16||56.5kg||72|
|16||6341×283||MORE THAN MOST||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Mark Zahra||7||56.5kg||64|
|17e||1×716||MR INDIVIDUAL||Leon & Troy Corstens||Mark Zahra||17||56.5kg||68|
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