The 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas field has been released and star filly Catchy will take her place against the boys in the Group 1 event at Caulfield on Saturday.

Catchy will take on the boys in the 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Catchy suffered just the second defeat of her racing career when she finished third behind Booker and Shoals in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on October 1, but that has not stopped Lindsay Park bypassing the Thousand Guineas to contest the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock will be the first filly to contest the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas since 2007 and she has the chance to join Wiggle (1958), Lady Sybil (1960), Storm Queen (1966), Dual Choice (1970) and Surround (1976) as the only fillies to win the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas.

The Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude is set to be the key form reference for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas and Perast, Summer Passage, Kementari, Royal Symphony, Éclair Sunshine, Levendi and Al Passem will all back-up from the Group 3 event.

Perast may have been able to record a tough victory in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude, but it is Kementari and Royal Symphony that have been the best-backed runners in the Caulfield Guineas betting market with Ladbrokes.

Royal Symphony was a dominant favourite in Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas betting after he started his racing career with four straight wins, but he got too far back in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude and was never able to get into the race.

Kementari was not disgraced in The Run To The Rose and he showed a nice turn-of-foot to hit the line strongly in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

The other key Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas form reference will be the Stutt Stakes, which was won by Showtime at The Valley on September 29.

Showtime was handily beaten by Royal Symphony in the Pin & Win Stakes, but he produced a career best performance to win the Stutt Stakes and he will make his own luck right on the speed.

Gold Standard will contest the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas after finished a tough fourth behind Trapeze Artist in the Golden Rose Stakes, while Sanctioned is on the quick back-up after finishing fourth in the Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney last weekend.

The 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas field is rounded out by The Mission, Azazel, Sircconi, Salsamour and Holy Snow, while Mighty Boss is currently an emergency.

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