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Chris Waller’s race favourite Militarize has drawn out in gate 12 of 15 but remains firm favourite in Caulfield Guineas 2023 betting for this weekend.
The Group 1 $3 million Neds Caulfield Guineas (1600m) attracted just under a capacity line-up when final acceptances were taken on Tuesday morning.
The Caulfield Guineas barrier draw followed with the top elect out in double-digits with Dundeel colt Militarize needing some of Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira’s magic to salute for the punters.
The horse jumped from barrier two of 12 when flashing home from nowhere with the ‘Magic Man’ in the saddle at Rosehill on September 23 to win the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
He is a proven Group 1 champ over the mile in Sydney and is now well-backed to salute again when racing in Melbourne for the first time.
God’s Own (2005) was the last Caulfield Guineas winner to win from barrier 12.
Since then only three others have won from double-digits with Astern (13 in 2021) the most recent.
Despite the draw Militarize remains top of the Caulfield Guineas odds at $2.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Occupying the second line of betting at $3.60 is the unbeaten Steparty for Horsham trainer Paul Preusker.
The flying Artie Schiller colt is five-from-five heading into Saturday’s acid test and has drawn well with a mid-field barrier seven draw for jockey John Allen.
Steparty was last seen making his Group race debut to narrowly take out the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 23.
He is now out to be the first winner of the Prelude – Guineas double in Melbourne since Helmet (2011).
The last of the single-figure fancies in the updated markets is King Colorado at $8 with the Kingman colt drawn gate eight.
Michael Dee comes aboard the winter’s Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) winner who runs for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
King Colorado was seventh in the Golden Rose last time out but under two lengths beaten with improvement to come third-up over a mile.
Maher & Eustace ran second and third in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude with Southport Tycoon and Scentify who both line-up in the Group 1 alongside each other in barriers four and five respectively.
The stable also have the in-form Griff ($15) jumping from the outside alley (15 of 15) chasing a third win on the trot after the Trapeze Artist colt’s victories in the Listed Exford Plate (1400m) and Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m).
The other best in betting include the Ken & Kasey Keys-trained Prelude fourth place-getter Scheelite ($13) and Group 2 VRC Sires’ winning Grunt colt Veight ($17) with the rails run from barrier one.
See below for the official Caulfield Guineas 2023 field and barriers before checking out the updated odds online by clicking here.
2023 Caulfield Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||13011×51||MILITARIZE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||12||57kg||108|
|2||21x218x436||LITTLE BROSE||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||Damien Oliver||10||57kg||96|
|3||411×97||KING COLORADO||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||8||57kg||96|
|4||111×11||STEPARTY||Paul Preusker||John Allen||7||57kg||86|
|5||114×15||VEIGHT||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Damian Lane||1||57kg||88|
|6||5x51x6511||GRIFF||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Melham||15||57kg||86|
|7||11×554||SCHEELITE||Ken & Kasey Keys||Mark Zahra||13||57kg||77|
|8||1×123||SCENTIFY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Allen||5||57kg||77|
|9||112||SOUTHPORT TYCOON||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Harry Coffey||4||57kg||78|
|10||26211||WOLFY (NZ)||Nick Ryan||Blake Shinn||11||57kg||68|
|11||12||VERDAD||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Beau Mertens||14||57kg||74|
|12||17||ROCK EMPIRE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||3||57kg||65|
|13||9×6324||LIMBURG||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||9||57kg||64|
|14||3×23||COPACABANA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jordan Childs||6||57kg||62|
|15||155||THE LONGEST YARD||Matthew Brown||Brian Higgins||2||57kg||62|
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