Eclair Big Bang won the Guineas Prelude last month. Picture: Colleen Petch/heraldsun.com.au
South Australian raider Éclair Big Bang will be looking to follow in the hoof prints of Anacheeva (2010) and Helmet (2011) on Saturday by becoming the third horse since 2010 to do the Guineas Prelude – Caulfield Guineas double. The Phillip Stokes trained gelding has now won three from four and will be hard to beat after getting gate four at Tuesday’s barrier draw. El Roca and Long John filled the minor placings in the Prelude and will also benefit from drawing inside gates, while the latter has the additional bonus of being 2kg better off at the weights against most of his rivals under the set weights condition of this event.
Charlie Boy , Marwood and Weinholt all reoppose the first three from the Prelude despite being well beaten in that contest, with Weinholt one of two runners engaged for champion trainer Peter Moody. Dissident appears to be the yard’s top pick, with Luke Nolen getting the mount on the Golden Rose runner-up despite the fact that he was down the field in the Group One George Main Stakes against older horses last time out. All Too Hard finished out of the placings in that race before taking out the $1 million feature event at Caulfield at his subsequent start twelve months ago and Moody will be hoping the race will again provide the Guineas winner.
Gai Waterhouse is enjoying plenty of success in Melbourne at the moment and relies on Stutt Stakes winner Divine Calling , with Shamus Award , Cluster and Late Charge also coming through the Moonee Valley contest. Tony Vasil’s highly regarded Haradasun colt Prince Harada will be having his first start since a luckless fifth in the Golden Rose last month but must contend with a wide draw, while outsiders Nite Rocker and Great Esteem complete the 14 horse field.
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