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Caulfield Guineas Preview and Betting Tips 14/10/2017

Sixteen runners remain in the $2million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas following the withdrawal of Summer Passage.

Royal Symphony favourite for Caulfield Guineas

The favourite for the race is Royal Symphony, trained by Tony McEvoy and ridden by Dwayne Dunn. He will be equipped with blinkers for the first time this weekend. Reports suggest that the headgear has brought about significant improvement in his homework.

The son of Domesday won his first four races before finishing fourth in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude over 1400m. In He finished three and a half-lengths behind Perast in a race which often produces the winner of the Caulfield Guineas. That has been the case four times in the past eight years, two horses completing the double.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn will be bidding to win the race for the second consecutive season following  Divine Prophet in 2016. His main market rival is the Lindsay Park-trained filly Catchy, the only representative of her sex in the field.

Catchy bids to upset the colts

You have to go back to Surround in 1976 to find the last filly to score in the Caulfield Guineas. Blue Diamond winner Catchy finished third in the Thousand Guineas Prelude and it will be a great performance to upset the colts. Her half a length third to Booker certainly reads well and Mark Zahra takes the ride on Saturday. She has drawn nicely in barrier three.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott saddle Gold Standard, a colt by Sebring out of a Greig mare. He won the Group 2 Kari Stan Fox Stakes in September, beating Sanctioned by a length and three-quarters. He was far from disgraced in fourth in the Group 1 Golden Rose next time, over four lengths adrift of Trapeze Artist.

Damien Oliver rides Showtime for Team Hawkes, a colt by Snitzel. He won the Group 2 Stutt Stakes a Moonee Valley last month. That was his first run over a mile and there could be further improvement to come. Kementari carries the blue of Godolphin, a son of Lonhro trained by James Cummings. He was third to Perast in the Prelude and has just over a length to find. Showtime has drawn the inside berth while Kementari starts from barrier ten. Salsamor and Brad Rawiller could also feature here, runner-up to Showtime last time out.

Caulfield Betting Tips 14/10/2017

Race 8 – Caulfield Guineas

Showtime @11.0 Ladbrokes

Salsamor @26.0

Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3

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