2020 Australian Guineas Field & Odds Update: Catalyst Firms to Draw Blood

February 28, 2020

2020 Australian Guineas Field & Odds Update: Catalyst Firms to Draw Blood

The money continues to roll in for Kiwi galloper Catalyst to turn the tables on his last start conqueror Alligator Blood when the two gun three-year-olds face off again in Saturday’s Australian Guineas 2020 field.

Alligator Blood. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Catalyst (Blue Cap) is tipped to turn the tables on Alligator Blood (Green Cap) in Saturday’s Australian Guineas 2020. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A fortnight back the Clayton Chipperfield-trained son of Darci Brahma travelled down under for the first time on the back of a string of Group wins across the Tasman taking on Queensland star Alligator Blood in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).

The race resulted in a thrilling two horse battle to the line with Magic Millions Guineas champ Alligator Blood narrowly holding the New Zealander’s measure.

Now the dynamic duo will do battle again back at HQ stepping up to a mile in the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Guineas (1600m).

The Australian Guineas field attracted just eight gallopers with Catalyst sitting top of the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Drawn barrier four with Damian Lane replacing James McDonald in the saddle, the visitor is at firming Australian Guineas odds of $2.50.

Third-up he presents fit looking to become just the fifth Australian Guineas favourite to salute for the punters since 2006.

The increase in distance is also an advantage for Catalyst who took out the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) over the distance last November by 2.3 lengths.

The danger is obviously the CS Hayes winning Alligator Blood with David Vandyke’s flying All Too Hard gelding chasing his fifth win on the trot.

Runner-up in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) during the spring in his only other 1600m run, the in-form runner saluted at an odds-on quote last time out but will be working hard to hold off Catalyst for a second time here.

Alligator Blood occupies the second line of Australian Guineas betting at $3.20 as he looks to complete the double recently achieved by Wandjina (2015), Hey Doc (2017) and Grunt (2018).

A further two Australian Guineas hopefuls are also under $10 to win this weekend’s feature race in Melbourne with the Anthony Freedman-trained Chenier ($6.50) and Michael Moroney’s CF Orr Stakes winner Alabama Express ($7) representing the value.

Medaglia D’Oro colt Chenier is also out of the CS Hayes Stakes having run third in the traditional Australian Guineas lead-up when making his black-type debut.

Only a length off the top two horses in the event, Saturday sees the up-and-comer look to finish closer again as the progressive danger drawn in barrier five with Damien Oliver in the saddle.

The form line on Alabama Express meanwhile could be the one to follow after the Redoute’s Choice colt beat home the older horses in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) second-up at Caulfield on February 8.

That followed on from a 1100m three-years-old handicap win at Flemington in January and puts Alabama Express in the picture for his first 1600m run back against his own age in the Australian Guineas.

The unknown factor in the Australian Guineas showdown is visiting Perth galloper Superstorm who is at $15 drawn in gate seven with the Wizard of the West, William Pike, over for the ride.

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained son of Sebring comes off a first-up Listed win over 1500m back home by two lengths in WA and was in good form last summer including his game fourth behind Kay Cee in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Click here for the latest Australian Guineas 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Australian Guineas Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x1112x1111 ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 2 56.5kg 110
2 2x11251x35 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg 97
3 1x2517x11 ALABAMA EXPRESS Michael Moroney Michael Dee 6 56.5kg 110
4 71x1111x12 CATALYST (NZ) Clayton Chipperfield Damian Lane 4 56.5kg 110
5 1x21813x4 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Craig Williams 1 56.5kg 92
6 32154×1 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 7 56.5kg 78
7 12×3 CHENIER Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 5 56.5kg 78
8 274 COMMODUS Mark Sues Ethan Brown 8 56.5kg

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