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Caulfied Guineas Day Review
He had not won in five races and was running to form as he languished near the back of the field during the first half of the race. But jockey Michael Walker drove him to within touching distance of the leaders and sneaked through a gap on the inside rail to be within contention with 200m to go. Kementari had the pace and dashed past the pack in ominous fashion, leaving Catchy and co in his wake. But he did not reckon on the $101 shot, who battled back bravely and won it by a head. Cue jubilation for Walker and trainer Mark Price, who retained a 10% ownership in Mighty Boss, but a distinctly muted applause from the crowd. Catchy had been backed into $4.40 favourite and Kementari and Royal Symphony were also heavily backed, so Mighty Boss' shock win was a bitter pill to swallow for punters.
Yet Walker was delighted as it marked his comeback from a long-term injury in style, Price was elated and Mighty Boss is destined for a great life as a stallion following this fairy-tale story. But first he will head to the Australian Guineas, so be sure to check all the horse racing odds. Kementari, Catchy, and Royal Symphony, who finished second, third and fourth respectively, will all be back with a vengeance too.
Elsewhere on Caulfield Guineas Day, there was good news for punters as Darren Weir's heavily fancied Gailo Chop overcame Aiden O'Brien's Irish raider Johannes Vermeer and Jon Snow to win the $1 million Ladbrokes Stakes. Bonneval started as favourite after winning the Underwood Stakes, but was too far back to challenge after a tough start. Gailo Chop will now be heading to the Cox Plate to take on the superstar Winx in the most eagerly anticipated race of the year.
Weir's stable made
it a fantastic double as Tosen Stardom shrugged off being lumbered
with top weight to blitz the field over a mile in the Toorak Handicap.
Weir, the champion Victorian trainer, will have a strong hand in the upcoming
$3 million Caulfield Cup as his charge, Humidor, is joint favourite along
with Bonneval. He also saddles Admire Deus and Amelie's Star and has a
great chance of celebrating victory in Australia's second most prestigious
handicap, held Saturday week.
Qaflia kicked off proceedings on Caulfield Guineas Day with a win in the Inglis Debutant Stakes, beating Sacred Sword by a neck, and looks to have great potential to develop into a star going forwards. Invincible Star lived up to her name in the G3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, blitzing the field from the off and winning by a comfortable margin.
Fast 'N' Rocking made it a double for Lindsay Park with a win in the Weekend Hussler Stakes, while Super Cash closed the day in style by overwhelming short-priced favourite Sheidel and holding off the challenge of Illustrious Lad to win the G2 Keno Kwikpik Schillaci Stakes.
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