Caulfield Guineas 2013 Latest News

Amid criticism regarding the scheduling of the Blue Riband event on the opening day of the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival as the last event of the day’s racing, the Caulfield Guineas Day kicks off the Carnival in style with three Group 1 races for fans to feast upon as part of a ten-race program. The Chief Executive of the Melbourne Racing Club, Brodie Arnold, defended the decision to place the feature race, the BECK Caulfield Guineas 2013, last on the schedule, stating that the club saw it as its responsibility to

innovate where possible in support of the prosperity of the sport.”

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But first on the schedule or last, it promises to be a great day of racing nonetheless, and the Guineas is still widely regarded as one of Australia’s most prominent race days. Preceding the BECK Caulfield Guineas are two more Group 1 races, the 2000-meter Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes as well as the David Jones Toorak Handicap, which is run over 1600 meters.

Just a few days out from the race, the bookies are giving Darley’s Long John ($4.00) and Prince Harada (5$.50) as the early race favourites in the Caulfield Guineas, but a few other horses have cracked the 10.00 mark: El Roca ($7.50), Éclair Big Bang ($8.00), as well as Dissident ($8.50), who has seen his price drop over the last few days, and who comes into the race with good form, having produced impressive performances in his four runs this season – most noticeably at Golden Rose, where he closed second behind Zoustar.

In his first run in the distance, Long John is the favourite for a reason, but he is far from a certain bet. A winner of four of his six races, the colt has always been viewed as a future mile runner, and he finally gets his opportunity. He finished within a length of winner Éclair Big Bang in the Guineas Prelude last time out after a terrible start, and has been drawn on the inside for Saturday’s race, as he was for the Prelude.

There is some concern around Prince Harada, as he has not raced in four weeks coming into the weekend, but maintains the ability to produce the goods when it is required of him. A wide draw may suit his chances.

The six-horse strong Caulfield Stakes will be led by Atlantic Jewel ($1.40) following the withdrawal of It’s A Dundeel. Atlantic Jewel boasts a 90% win record from ten starts, and his biggest opposition will likely come from former Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (9.50) and Super Cool ($7.50).

The Toorak Handicap promises to be a more closely contested affair, with Stadbroke Handicap winner Linton ($7.00) taking on 2012 winner Solzhenitsyn ($5.50), Speediness ($7.00) and Luckygray ($14.00).

News this week emerged that Craig Williams, who was booked to ride Shamus Award and Speediness in the Caulfield Guineas and the Toorak Handicap respectively, will miss the meet after his appeal against his ban for careless riding at Flemington failed.

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