Cauthen back on track for Caulfield Guineas

Boom New Zealand colt Cauthen is back on track for the Caulfield Guineas with a convincing win in the Listed $120,000 Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley today.


Kiwi 3yo Cauthen is back in the winner's list at Moonee Valley. Photo by Race Horse Photos.

Cauthen created a huge impression with an eight and a half  lengths win on debut at  Te Rapa but was beaten at his first  Australian start when second to Clevadude at Moonee Valley three weeks ago.

But a more mature three year old was able to regain his winning form with a one and a half lengths win over Shamus Award with Long John running on for third.

James McDonald was happy to let Cauthen ($2.60 favourite) settle just off the pace after being a little slow to leave the barriers, but the three year old was always travelling well.

McDonald started his move just before the home turn and once heads were turned for home Cauthen was never in trouble of being beaten and scored a comfortable win.

Kiwi trainer Andrew Campbell was relieved that Cauthen was able to show his true ability and will now push on towards a start in the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12.

“It was pleasing to see him do that today, it makes life easier for us now,” Campbell said.

“That was a perfect ride. He’s a great rider,” Campbell said referring to McDonald’s winning ride.

Cauthen’s next run will be the Listed $120,000 Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 7 then have his final Caulfield Guineas lead up run in the Group 3 $175,000 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 29.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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