Caulfield Guineas Could Have Romantic Touch

Last year Gai Waterhouse arrived in Melbourne for the Caulfield Guineas thinking she had a good thing.

Romantic Touch winning the JJ Atkins on Saturday. Photo by: Daniel Costello.

That was until All Too Hard produced a barnstorming run down the outside to upset hotpot Pierro.

But the Sydney trainer may have the horse to go one better this year, with Romantic Touch showcasing plenty of talent over 1600m to win the Group 1 JJ Atkins in Brisbane on Saturday.

After the race, jockey Nash Rawiller didn’t hesitate to declare the dominant winner the right horse for the prestigious spring feature.

“He’s the perfect racehorse and a race like the Caulfield Guineas would suit him down to the ground the way he races,” Rawiller said.

Waterhouse backed Rawiller’s judgement and said she is excited about his spring prospects.

“I noticed Nash in the press mentioned the Caulfield Guineas, and I tell you, that race would be perfect for this gelding. But we will wait and see,” Waterhouse said on her website.

“This win was just so classy and so well deserved. I knew this gelding was talented, in fact I have been talking about him for months.”

By Northern Meteor, the talented two-year-old was unplaced in his first two starts before saluting at his past three outings.

Romantic Touch only broke his maiden status at Warwick Farm on May 1 before backing that up with a 7 1/2 length walloping at Canterbury and Saturday’s Group 1 win.

As is typical of horses from Waterhouse’s stable, Romantic Touch races in a forward position and led from start to finish in the JJ Atkins.

The Caulfield Guineas will be held on October 12.

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