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Up-and-coming youngster Ridgway is going “super” according to his trainer Robbie Laing who has the colt set for a Caulfield Guineas 2016 campaign this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
A lightly-raced son of Gio Point, Ridgway is a rising three-year-old who has had just the one start for the Cranbourne-based Laing.
The horse enjoyed two impressive trials at his home track in May including his first over 800m on a Heavy (8) by a runaway six lengths before debuting at Sandown Lakeside on May 23.
Already proving to be a dominant wet track performer with his second winning hit-out achieved on a Heavy (10), Ridgway lined-up on May 28 in the $80,000 Samson Handicap (1200m) as a $4.20 fancy.
He was beaten on the day in an upset by the Mick Sell-trained Moshway ($19), who has had a subsequent three starts this winter, but lost few admirers going down by just a half-length in his first official trip to the races.
Laing is now weighing up the next race start for Ridgway who he has confirmed as a hopeful for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8, nominations for which close on Tuesday August 8.
Laing has saddled-up three previous starters in the Caulfield Guineas without success.
He is also yet to win the fillies’ equivalent, the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) running on the same day in early October.
Missrock is a nice type from his current crop of two-year-olds however who he hopes to have ready for a 2016 Thousand Guineas bid as a three-year-old this spring.
“Ridgway goes super. He was immature last time in and Missrock has a stack of talent,” Laing told the Herald Sun.
Early Caulfield Guineas odds at bookies around the country have the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as the short-priced favourite for Peter & Paul Snowden.
Peter Snowden won the mile feature for the first time with Helmet in 2011 before another victory with Long John in 2013 as the head trainer for Darley (Godolphin).
He combined with his son Paul to make it three Caulfield Guineas victories in 2014 with Shooting To Win.
Helmet and Long John came out of the Guineas Prelude, while Shooting To Win won the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) in Sydney the start before his Group 1 triumph.
Other notable Caulfield Guineas hopes this season include Gai Waterhouse’s Snitzel colt El Divino who won the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in Sydney during this autumn’s ‘The Championships’ and the Mick Price-trained Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice.
Pre-nomination Thousand Guineas betting meanwhile is dominated by Yankee Rose, David Vandyke’s Golden Slipper runner-up last seen winning the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) by two and a half lengths.
Missrock is listed at $26 for Laing to break his Thousand Guineas maiden this season after the daughter of Fastnet Rock won two of her opening four starts.
She won in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) last October at Caulfield before a Group 3 third over the same distance at Flemington behind Concealer on Melbourne Cup Day.
After a disappointing ninth of 10 runners in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at her third start at Sandown in mid-November, Laing brought her back on April 9 at Randwick where she posted her first Group victory in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m).
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