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Caulfield Round Up

Missing the start, which is becoming a bit of a habit for Chase The Horizon, however, he soon gathered in the leaders and was not far off the pace when the home turn was reached.

If he can reach another level, and that is possible, he needs to nip that fault in the bud, as missing the start can ultimately become costly.

Trainer Henry Dwyer said, “we will have to have a look at that, as we go through the grades we may use a set of winkers, he is quite genuine for a four year old colt.”

“I have had him for just the one preparation, I think we might freshen him up now and look for something over the Melbourne Cup carnival, he has a terrific temperament, I think he could get 1400 metres, or even a mile,” said Henry.

Chase The Horizon 087 Jack CustomChase The Horizon by Stratum

Exocet looks a definite Thousand Guineas possibility after her convincing win over 1400 metres at Caulfield.

Lightly raced, with just the two runs under her belt, both at Geelong, whether she can win the Thousand Guineas, on just the one preparation, could be doubtful.

She may be exceptional, as she certainly looked good coming from near last to score running away.

The pedigree suggests she should get the trip, her half brother, Reward For Victory, now a sire at Sun Stud, was placed in the Caulfield Guineas.

Lee Freedman was pleased with the win saying, “she has improved a lot in the last month, they were not the best, yet she did it well, we may go to the Guineas, or the Manifold, she is a bit sharp of foot as she showed in her Maiden win, “he added

Exocet 030 Jack CustomExocet a half brother to Reward For Victory

This time last year Alaskan Rose was being touted as a Thousand Guineas prospect, but that never eventuated.

Ironically the mare won at the same corresponding meeting last year, this was her third win from 14 starts.

Mare’s races, over the spring carnival, look to be her best options that would suit her, around 1400 metres, really now she should be able to get a mile.

Her win completed a training double for Flemington trainer, Michael Moroney, as he won earlier in the day with Barthelona.

Moroney believes travelling helps horses grow up a bit, and Alaskan Rose has had her share, her last four starts have been interstate, twice in Sydney and twice in Brisbane.

“I have never doubted her class but she has never had much luck in some of her races, I was impressed with her turn of foot that she has and she used it today.”

“She is a lot stronger, and while her form may look a bit ordinary, now that she has struck form again there is a race over 1600 metres that could suit at Flemington, on the last day of the carnival,” he added.

Alaskan Rose 017 Jack CustomAlaskan Rose by Encosta de Lago

Secret Agenda, whose last three starts have been interstate, returned to Caulfield on Saturday where she won brilliantly.

Damian Oliver gave her the run of the race, he didn’t ask her for an effort until the top of the straight, she quickly obliged from there on.

She opened up equal favourite with Miss Promiscuity; however, the money came late in betting that saw her start a pronounced favourite.

Trained by Mick Price she has improved from her last start in May, where she was just out of a place at Morphettville, in the Euclase Stakes.

Secret Agenda 033 Jack CustomSecret Agenda trained by Mick Price

Jameka has worked her way into favouritism for the Caulfield Cup after an outstanding performance in winning the Naturalism Stakes.

Whilst she has incurred a penalty of 0.5 kg, that is neither here nor there, she can easily overcome that.

She has a lot in her favour having won the Oaks Stakes over 2400 metres, and she can take a forward position in a race, as was seen in winning the Naturalism Stakes.

Her trainer, Ciaron Maher, was pleased to see her back in the winner’s stall, she was able to relax in the running and had the race well under control long before the straight was entered, and Nick Hall gave her a great ride.

Maher always considered her a forward type, and that is how she generally races on the speed.

She will have another run before the Caulfield Cup, she will be entered for the JRA Cup and the Turnball Stakes, and then work out which one is the better option.

Sydney Cup winner, Gallante, was on the pace for most of the way, to his credit he didn’t give in, he will gain benefit from the run as he was first up since early April.

Set Square, a stable mate of Jameka, was running on in fourth place but looks to be over shadowed by the winner.

Jameka 051 jack CustomJameka - Favourite for the Caulfield Cup

Tom Melbourne would need to be ridden more quietly if he is going to get the trip of the Cup distance, 2400 metres.

 

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