Kiwis Lead 2016 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Nominations

Two New Zealand-trained raiders sit first and second on the ballot for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2016 nominations ahead of this Saturday’s showdown on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.

Sacred Elixir

JJ Atkins winning Kiwi Sacred Elixir is nominated to return to racing at Caulfield on Saturday in the 2016 Caulfield Guineas Prelude. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The traditional lead-up for three-year-old colts and geldings heading towards the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), held this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on October 8, the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) attracted a bumper 24 nominations on Monday.

Heading the Caulfield Guineas Prelude ballot is the Tony Pike-trained Sacred Elixir from Cambridge in NZ, the Pour Moi gelding set to make his three-year-old debut with a first-up run down under.

A winner of three of his six starts to date, he hasn’t raced since a runaway 3.5 length victory at Eagle Farm during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m).

Rated a $9 chance in futures Caulfield Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au he will improve stepping out over the mile in the Group 1, but 1400m first-up looks good for the Group 1 winner.

Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman also have a Kiwi raider in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude mix this weekend with the in-form Saracino shooting for a third win on the trot.

The Per Incanto colt saluted at home in Group 2 company in mid-August before travelling to Australia for the first time on September 10.

In that Flemington run a fortnight ago he enjoyed a win in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and now chases his first win over further than that distance.

Saracino, Group 1 placed over 1400m in NZ, pays $15 in futures Caulfield Guineas betting and is the all-in $8 third favourite for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude this weekend.

Leading the pre-field Caulfield Guineas Prelude odds is the Team Hawkes-trained Divine Prophet ($3.60) who is $5 second favourite for next month’s Group 1.

Winner of the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) first-up at Randwick on August 20, the Choisir colt was last seen running under three lengths away fourth to Astern – now $3.80 favourite to win the Caulfield Guineas 2016 – in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) in Sydney two weeks ago.

Saturday will be Divine Prophet’s maiden Melbourne run if accepted and how he handles the opposite way of racing will be key to his chances.

The other best fancied three-year-old for the Prelude this weekend is the undefeated More Than Ready colt Evacuation ($6) prepared by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, who is yet to race in stakes company.

Other standout Caulfield Guineas Prelude nominees include the John O’Shea-trained Danehill Stakes runner-up Archives and Peter & Paul Snowden’s Snitzel colt Detective coming off back-to-back wins.

Check out the full Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2016 nominations below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your favourite three-year-olds this weekend and over the carnival at the right price!

2016 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 24/09/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 216x161x SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 1 57.5kg 95
2 253×11 SARACINO (NZ) C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 2 57.5kg 95
3 1216×45 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 3 57.5kg 80
4 25x1031x46 VALLIANO G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 57kg 75
5 2x105x95 GOOD STANDING C 3 James Cummings 5 57kg 82
6 5x13x14 DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6 56.5kg 82
7 2x2228x11 DETECTIVE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 7 56.5kg 78
8 31×2 ARCHIVES C 3 John O’Shea 8 56.5kg 79
9 11×33 THROSSELL G 3 Ciaron Maher 9 56.5kg 71
10 122534 WAZZENME C 3 Stuart Webb 10 55kg 70
11 1×1 EVACUATION C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11 55kg 69
12 11×0 YU LONG SHENG HUI C 3 Mick Price 12 55kg 70
13 229×13 EL SICARIO (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 55kg 70
14 413×656 REVOLVING DOOR C 3 Clinton McDonald 14 55kg 70
15 1×367 HARDHAM C 3 Mick Price 15 55kg 66
16 26×1 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 16 55kg 63
17 1×32 VIOLATE C 3 Paul Banks 17 55kg 63
18 3×1 BARBIE’S BOY G 3 Louise Bonella 18 55kg 63
19 41×4 I’M TELLING YA C 3 Amy Johnston 19 55kg 64
20 315 BEE JAY’S CHOICE G 3 Shane Fliedner 20 55kg 62
21 9015 LARRIKIN C 3 Brian McGrath 21 55kg 62
22 0x10 NORTHERN LION C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22 55kg 63
23 1 MILWAUKEE G 3 Michael Moroney 23 55kg 63
24 22 LUCKY BEAU C 3 Dean Binaisse 24 55kg 60

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