Who is bred to star in Guineas?
The Caulfield Guineas is one of the most prestigious races on the Australian racing calendar.
And with a crucial Group 1 on the line, there’s plenty lining up to stamp themselves as future stallion prospects.
But with Anamoe ($2.50 favourite with Sportsbet) and Artorius ($3.80) at the top of the market, is there anything in the breeding of the rest of the field that could see an upset at Caulfield on Saturday?
James Tzaferis investigates the pedigrees of this year’s field.
3YO colt – Street Boss x Anamato
A homebred for Godolphin by their star stallion Street Boss, Anamoe’s performances over 1400m – including his devastating win in the Inglis Sires’ – have always given the indication he would relish the step to the mile and potentially even further. His pedigree would seem to back that up. While Street Cry himself was an elite performer out to 1400m, many of his best progeny have shown an ability to get over ground, including Kentucky Oaks (1800m) winner Cathryn Sophia and Arkansas Derby (1800m) winner Danza. His dam, Anamato, was a star three-year-old that trained on as a Group 1 performed older horse. Her best win came in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2000m) but she was also placed in a VRC Oaks (2500m) and tackled a Caulfield Cup (2400m). Anamato’s only other winning foal Amitto (Lonhro) has won multiple races over 1600m.
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3YO coly Flying Artie x Gracie’s Lass
From the first crop of Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) winner Flying Artie, Artorius was purchased by Anthony Freedman and Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock for $120,000 out of the Vinery Stud draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. To date, his best performance has been his slashing win in the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), although his closing sectionals at the end of a fast-run Golden Rose (1400m) would indicate the rise to 1600m shouldn’t pose too many concerns. His dam Gracie’s Lass, who is an unraced half-sister of Group 1 winning sprinter Delectation, has only had one of her other progeny hit the track – Onemorenomore gelding Onemorechoice who is a multiple winner over 1600m.
Tiger Of Malay
3YO colt Extreme Choice x Sambar
Bred by Ruby Racing and Breeding’s Jaime and Dan O’Bree, Tiger Of Malay was purchased by China Horse Club and Newgate Farm for $255,000 at the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Out of the first crop of Not A Single Doubt’s multiple Group 1-winning son Extreme Choice, Tiger Of Malay has already shown he’s more versatile than his sire with a Group 2 win over 1400m and a Group 1 placing over 1600m. Like Extreme Choice, Tiger Of Malay’s dam Sambar was restricted to sprinting trips during her racing career but her progeny have, for the most part, excelled over a little further. Tiger Of Malay is a half-brother to Samovare (Savabeel), who won the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) and was Stakes-placed over 2000m several times in Melbourne, as well as Samizdat (Not A Single Doubt), who is a Stakes winner at 1200m and 1400m.
3YO colt – Better Than Ready x Freezethemillions
From the third crop of Queensland-based stallion Better Than Ready, Alpine Edge was purchased by Edmonds Racing/Kestral Thoroughbreds/Lucky Clover for $160,000 out of the Yarramalong Park draft at the 2020 Gold Coast Yearling Sale. All three of his Stakes-placed dam Freezethemillions’ progeny to the track have won but none of them have been successful beyond 1300m. As a stallion, the bulk of Better Than Ready’s winners have come over sprinting trips, although some of his progeny, including flagbearer Apache Chase, have shown themselves to be versatile with Stakes performances out to 1600m. Alpine Edge’s only run at 1400m was inconclusive although from a favourable draw in barrier five, an economical run should allow him every possibility to run out a strong 1600m.
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3YO colt – Capitalist x Speedboat
One of three Group 1 two-year-old winners tackling the Guineas, Captivant has already shown he has no issues with the mile courtesy of his win in last season’s Champagne Stakes (1600m). The colt, from the first crop of Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, was purchased for $550,000 by China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock/Starlight Racing at the 2020 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale. While Capitalist’s progeny so far have been lethal over sprinting trips, Captivant’s versatility potential comes from his dam Speedboat (Commands), who hails from a family littered with Stakes winners. She herself is a half-sister to dual-Stakes winner Cross Current, as well as Exceed And Excel mare Riptide, who is the dam of NZ Derby (2400m) winner Crown Prosecutor and VOBIS Guineas (1600m) winner Ripper Rita.
3YO colt – Zoustar x Dream Cirque
Initially purchased by JCS Racing for $80,000 at the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Lightsaber was later bought by Blueblood Thoroughbreds for $100,000 at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale several months later. A winner of three of his four starts over 1400m, including the Group 3 Guineas Prelude last start, Saturday’s race will be the colt’s first try at 1600m. Many of Zoustar’s progeny have shown an ability to win over 1600m and even further, including Singapore star Top Knight, although the bulk of his Group 1 winners have been at their best over sprinting trips. Lightsaber is the only one of unraced Dream Ahead mare Dream Cirque’s progeny to race.
3YO colt – Flying Artie x Palace Rock
An attempted pinhook by Kulani Park’s Rhys Smith, who bought the colt for $67,500 at the 2019 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Giannis failed to attract the necessary attention at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale the following year and was passed in $60,000 short of his $200,000 reserve. He was retained to race by Kulani Park, which has already proved a wise decision with the colt having won the Listed Dulcify Stakes (1500m) and run second in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m). Giannis is the first foal out of Stakes-placed Fastnet Rock mare Palace Rock, whose best performances came at 1600m. She herself is a half-sister to Albany Reunion, a Group 1 winner in New Zealand over 1600m, and Fast Dragon, who was Group 1 placed over 2000m.
3YO Colt – Savabeel x Simply You
Another purchase from the 2020 Inglis Ready 2 Race, Busuttin Racing paid $330,000 for the colt from the draft of Ohukia Lodge. He was purchased as a three-year-old classic type and that’s the way he’s headed with the VRC Derby, and even the Cox Plate, potentially still on the radar. Forgot You’s two wins thus far, including his success in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) last start, would indicate that 1600m is at the lower end of his capabilities. By champion sire Savabeel, who has produced no less than 23 Group 1 winners, Forgot You is the second foal out of the winning O’Reilly mare Simply You, who hails from one of Waikato Stud’s best-known families. Forgot You’s granddam is the Group 1-winning sprinter Glamour Puss and the family includes Group 1 winners Steps In Time and Vision and Power.
3YO Gelding – Fastnet Rock x Bullion Mansion
The Fastnet Rock colt is the most expensive horse lining up in Saturday’s race, having been purchased for $750,000 by Mulcaster Bloodstock from the Coolmore Stud draft at the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. If ever a horse had a pedigree to win a Guineas, this would probably it. By a sire that has produced 41 Group 1 winners worldwide, Castwatch’s dam Bullion Mansion has already left a Caulfield Guineas winner – her fourth foal Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt) stunned punters with his 2017 victory. And typical of Fastnet Rock’s progeny, Coastwatch seems to be improving with each outing as a spring three-year-old. His win in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Stakes (1400m) was followed up with a game placing behind In The Congo and Anamoe in the Group 1 Golden Rose last start.
3YO Colt – Snitzel x Euro Angel
A homebred for the connections that the colt’s dam, Euro Angel, who won the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m). Mr Mozart is Euro Angel’s first foal and, with his win in the Listed Exford Plate, he continued Team Hawkes’ legacy of nurturing Stakes winners from the family. The father and son training combination also prepared Euro Angel’s half-brothers Leebaz, who won two editions of the Hollindale Stakes, and Tulloch Stakes winner Polish Knight. Snitzel’s CV needs little introduction, with his sons Shamus Award, Wandjina, Trapeze Artist and In The Congo winning some of the biggest races on the calendar as three-year-olds.
3YO Colt – Press Statement x Hold Me Closer
Robbie Griffiths Racing and Peter Ford paid $230,000 for the colt out of the Tarcoola Stud draft at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. He is from the second crop of 2015 Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement, who is chasing a breakthrough Group 1 success as a stallion, and is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Hold Me Closer. His dam has produced only one other horse to race – Caulfield Classic (2000m) winner Thought Of That. Daily Bugle’s only win came in last season’s Mornington Sires (1500m) and his last-start placing in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) would suggest the mile won’t pose any concerns for the three-year-old.
3YO Gelding – Valentia x Zaraya Rose
The son of Valentia was essentially unwanted as a young horse when he was passed in at both the 2019 Inglis Great Southern Sale and the 2020 MM Adelaide Yearling Sale. Under Gordon Richards he has developed a handy record, with a pair of wins over 1000m. He will become the first Group 1 runner for his sire Valentia, a son of Fastnet Rock who won the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old and now stands at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia’s Barossa region. Knightstown is the fifth foal out of Hawk Wing mare Zaraya Rose, whose best performer is Stakes-placed Magnus gelding Saccharo.
3YO Colt – Astern x She Must Be Obeyed
A $120,000 purchase by Myrtle House/Edward Cummings out of the Glastonbury Farms draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Dark Rebel is from the first crop of Darley stallion Astern and is the fifth winner from as many to race out of Commands mare She Must Be Obeyed. She herself is out of the three-time Stakes-winning mare Yvonne. Dark Rebel’s only win came over 1400m on debut as a two-year-old and, interestingly, he’s the only horse in the Guineas field that’s been tested beyond 1600m when unplaced in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m).
3YO Colt – Snitzel x Margaery Tyrell
Withdrawn from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the Snitzel colt found a home in the Cranbourne stables of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young. There he showed ability from his first campaign, with a win over 1300m at Sandown. Zerelle is the first foal of the unraced Street Cry mare Margaery Tyrell, who is a half-sister to Stakes-winner Regrowth and Prove It, the dam of Golden Slipper winner Forensics. It’s the same family as colts-turned stallions Snippets, Not A Single Doubt and King’s Legacy.
3YO Colt – Flying Artie x Dynastic Lady
Riverplate was initially purchased as a weanling for $55,000 and then later by his former trainer Andrew Campbell at the 2020 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale for $30,000. Like Artorius and Giannis, he’s from the first crop of Flying Artie and is the first foal out of the unraced Fastnet Rock mare Dynastic Lady. She herself is out of the Galileo mare Dragon’s Tail, who is the dame of Group 1 Levin Classic winner Age Of Fire. The colt remains a maiden and it’s been difficult to assess both his overall ability and his credentials for running out a strong 1600m given he’s been luckless in both the Guineas Prelude (1400m) and the Stutt Stakes (1600m).
Prix De Turn
3YO Colt – Turn Me Loose x Prix Du Sang
Passed in short of a $50,000 reserve at the 2020 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale, the colt was later purchased by Matthew Brown for $47,500 at the 2020 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale. He will become the first Australian Group 1 runner for his stallion Turn Me Loose, who was a three-time Group 1 winner up to 1600m. Prix De Turn is the fifth foal out of Red Ransom mare Prix Du Sang, who ran fourth in a Group 1 Queensland Derby. His pedigree, and the fact trainer Matt Brown kicked his career off in a 1400m race, suggest the step to 1600m should be ideal.
3YO Colt – Maurice x Love Is Fickle
Purchased by his former trainer Wendy Kelly for $100,000 at the 2020 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Hitotsu joined the stables of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace after three unplaced runs as a two-year-old. The colt is from the first Australian crop of Japanese superstar Maurice, who sired his first Group 1 winner earlier this month when Pixie Knight won the Sprinters Stakes (1200m). Hitotsu is out of the Stakes-winning Prince Salieri mare She’s A Meanie, who has also produced five-time Stakes winner Love Conquers All (Mossman) and She’s Meaner (Falvelon), who is the dam of Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar).