Bon Aurum will head to the 2015 Caulfield Guineas in winning form after he recorded a fast-finishing victory in the 2015 Caulfield Guineas Prelude this afternoon.
Bon Aurum stamped himself as a Caulfield Guineas contender when he took out the Listed Pin And Win Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 12 and he proved that win was no fluke with another impressive performance in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy gave Bon Aurum the perfect run in transit and the talented hoop believes that the Bon Hoffa colt could prove even more effective over a mile in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.
“He is a lovely horse,” McEvoy said.
“He paraded beautifully and he moved beautiful on the way to the gates.
“He has an old head on young shoulders and he rides like he is a six-year-old not a three-year-old.
“He has done it well there and he is a horse of the future that is for sure.
“He is handling his racing really well and it is onwards and upwards to the Guineas.
“There are no worries about the extra trip either.”
Ciaron Maher has made a fantastic start to the 2015/2016 racing season, but the typically modest trainer was quick to pay credit to the ride of McEvoy in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
Maher confirmed that Bon Aurum would have his next race start in the Caulfield Guineas and, like McEvoy, he believes that the three-year-old will have no problems running out a strong 1600 metres.
“He was aided by a great ride from Kerrin,” Maher said.
“The horse drew an awkward gate and Kerrin just had to be patient on him.
“He got a nice track into the race and all credit to the horse in his first racing preparation.
“He is a really tough colt who is really fit and we didn’t have to do a lot with him since his last run.
“He is a horse in the zone at the moment.
“His last two runs he has been quite wide and was strong through the line, so I think the mile will be no worries.”
Ready For Victory started the Caulfield Guineas Prelude as a dominant favourite, but he was slow out of the gates and he was never able to get into the contest, while Mike Moroney-trained Tulsa savaged the line in an impressive Caulfield Guineas trial.