2015 Caulfield Guineas Day Scratchings & Track Report

There’s a bumper days racing scheduled for Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne today, Saturday October 10, with 10 events including four Group 1 features lighting up the track for Caulfield Guineas Day 2015.

Press Statement

Press Statement is favourite in the marquee race on the Caulfield Guineas Day card in Melbourne this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

It is a hot day trackside at Caulfield with a top of 30 degrees and a 60% chance of rain developing into late afternoon storms that could affect the current Good (3) rating of the course proper.

Caulfield Track Report – 10/10/2015

  • Rail: the overall rail location is TRUE
  • Weather: Stormy
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Irrigation: 6mm last 24 hours, 32mm last 7 days
  • Rainfall: nil
  • Penetrometer: 5.11
  • Track Rating: Good (3)

Racing kicks off at Caulfield this afternoon at 1:00pm (AEST) with an unraced field of two-year-olds facing off in the $120,000 Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m) and goes through until the card closer – Race 10 – jumps at 6:15pm (AEST).

There are four Group 1 highlights on the program running from races six to nine including the two three-year-old Guineas showdowns.

The richest race on the card is the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) where Chris Waller’s JJ Atkins winner from the winter Press Statement ($2.60) is favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au to become a dual Group 1 winner over the mile.

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Caulfield Scratchings – 10/10/2015

Total Scratchings: 6

Race 1 (1:00pm) – $120,000 Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m)

  • No current scratchings

All 12 original acceptors for the opening clash are still in the mix, all having their maiden career start. Plenty of trial form to go to though for the form including that of the current $3.70 favourite Flying Jess who won by four lengths at Carnbourne on October 5 and is looking to bring that to the races today even from a wide barrier 10 draw.

Race 2 (1:35pm) – $400,000 Group 2 Mitsubishi Electric Schillaci Stakes (1100m)

  • No current scratchings

Group racing second-up in the Schillaci for the sprinters and a small six-starter field faces off including the $1.35 odds-on favourite Lankan Rupee who boasts five Group 1 wins and an ace record when fresh. Shriaz ($5.50) is the value and in flying form, the Tony McEvoy-trained galloper looking rock hard fit after a string of wins before a last start third in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) in Sydney.

Race 3 (2:10pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m)

  • #3 Miss Gidget (9)
  • #11 Little Indian (1)

Two three-year-old fillies come out of this Group 3 sprint for the girls leaving nine starters, the red hot favourite and market mover being the returning Harlem River ($4 into $3.10) for Gai Waterhouse who races for the first time since a June black-type win. If the favourite gets beaten, Secret Agenda ($4.20) looks the most likely but she’ll need luck from the outside alley.

Race 4 (2:45pm) – $120,000 Listed Perri Cutten Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m)

  • #2 Rugged Cross (4)

Nine hopes left in this middle-distance handicap where the markets firmly favourite the nicely-drawn The Bowler ($3.10) in barrier two and looking to his Group 3 winning form in Adelaide back in May. Dangers lie in the 60kg top weight Amovatio ($5) for Chris Waller who won back-to-back Flemington races in the winter and Tristram’s Sun ($5.50) in gate three and getting in on the 54kg minimum.

Race 5 (3:20pm) – $400,000 Group 2 William Hill Herbert Power Stakes (2400m)

  • No current scratchings

This mile and a half clash offers a ballot exemption into Saturday week’s Caulfield Cup at the same track and distance, and money for this lead-up is on the Robert Hickmott-trained import Amralah ($3.20) and market mover Bohemian Lily ($4.40) with the inside run from barrier one with only 53kg on her back coming off a second in Sydney’s Colin Stephen Quality over the distance in late September.

Race 6 (3:55pm) – $400,000 Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m)

  • No current scratchings

A small eight-horse field for the day’s opening Group 1 with Chris Waller’s Cox Plate favourite and dual Group 1 winner over the mile in Sydney Kermadec ($3.10) the one to beat despite this being his first Caulfield run and first run over further than 1600m. Last year’s winner Fawkner ($4) is in ace form as an eight-year-old coming off an Underwood Stakes second and will swoop if Kermadec doesn’t appreciate the 2000m.

Race 7 (4:30pm) – $400,000 Group 1 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m)

  • #9 Amicus (17)

The milers face off under handicap conditions in this classic where 17 hopes take to the track. Money keeps coming for the former Perth star Disposition ($4.80) who ran a devastatingly close second in the Sir Rupert Clarke last time out. It’s a big field though with plenty of livewire chances including the Sir Rupert winner Stratum Star ($7) up in weights but drawn a treat in gate two and the fellow Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler ($5.50) carrying the 58kg top weight for last year’s winning horseman.

Race 8 (5:05pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m)

  • No current scratchings

The three-year-old fillies take to the track for the first of the two Guineas features on the program and of the 11 in the field it’s a pretty open market led by Peter Moody’s proven Group 1 miler Pasadena Girl ($4). Lots to like too about the in-form Badawiya ($5) who comes off the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) win over the distance and boasts a nice turn of foot.

Race 9 (5:40pm) – $1,000,000 Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m)

  • #17e Mr Individual

Capacity 16-starter field for the meeting’s marquee race, the colts and geldings strutting their stuff in the Caulfield Guineas where betting is firmly led by Waller’s JJ Atkins winner Press Statement ($2.60) who has a wide draw (14) but the last start Stan Fox Stakes win shooting for the same double as last year’s champ Shooting To Win.

Race 10 (6:15pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks (1200m)

  • #7 Soosa Rama (8)

Rounding out the action is a 10-starter field of mares including Robert Smerdon’s last start Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) winning five-year-old Politeness ($3.30) and market mover Wawail ($4.20) out to atone for her second last (13th) in the same lead-up race drawn at opposite ends of the field.


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