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Futurity Stakes fancy Mighty Boss is among the twenty-nine first acceptances for the Group 1 $1m Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 3.

Mighty Boss, above in red and yellow colours, is among the first acceptances for the 2018 Australian Guineas at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Mighty Boss, above in red and yellow colours, is among the first acceptances for the 2018 Australian Guineas at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Mighty Boss will be having his final lead up run for the Australian Guineas in the Group 1 $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday and is well in contention to beat the older horses and is on the third line of betting at $5.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Trainer Mick Price has opted to give the Not A Single Doubt three year old colt a tough hit out at weight for age before dropping back to his own age group in the Australian Guineas.

“He’s a tough horse,” Price told racing.com.

“He worked on the steeple grass last Saturday morning, and worked well. He worked with Holy Snow this morning on the Polytrack. He worked super. He came back in and had a little pigroot after he galloped, so he will definitely be accepted with and the plan is to run.”

“I’m aware it’s a Group 1 weight-for-age race, but taking a line through his first effort, I thought it was excellent, and certainly if he had have won, I’d have been fronting him up again.

“I’m really happy with my colt.”

Price is looking to have a very strong hand in the Australian Guineas with last start winners Grunt and Holy Snow also among the first acceptances.

Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir has accepted with the early Australian Guineas favourite Cliff’s Edge who is one of two three-year-olds from the stable listed among the first acceptances and is joined by Peaceful State.

Cliff’s Edge kicked off his Australian Guineas campaign with a first up win in the Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 3 and was then runner up to Grunt in the Group 3 $150,000 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last Saturday with Peaceful State finishing in seventh position.

Sydney’s premiership winning trainer Chris Waller has accepted with four three-year-olds with the unbeaten D’Argento heading the remaining team of Kaonic, Paret and Tangmere.

Kiwi training partners Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, now based at Cranbourne, have accepted with Sully, Main Stage and Salsamor.

Sully and Main Stage showed a lot of potential during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival and finished second and fifth behind Ace High in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington.

Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia and Kennedy Oaks runner up Bring Me Roses are the only two fillies among the first acceptances for the Australian Guineas.

Early betting for 2018 Australian Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.60 Cliff’s Edge, $6 Grunt, $8 Aloisia, Mighty Boss, $11 Levendi, Peaceful State, Villermont, $13 Holy Snow, $15 Aloisia, D’Argento, Kaonic, Main Stage, Mr So And So, Muraaqeb, $17 Addictive Nature, Showtime, $21 Bring Me Roses, Sully, $26 Assimilate, Paret, Salsamor, Siege Of Quebec, $34 or better the rest.

First acceptances for 2018 Australian Guineas (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 3×111 GRUNT (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 1 56.5kg
2 0x12741x7 MIGHTY BOSS C 3 Mick Price 2 56.5kg
3 x12x5116x5 ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Aaron Purcell 3 54.5kg
4 1812126×12 CLIFF’S EDGE C 3 Darren Weir 4 56.5kg
5 23x11432x8 SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 5 56.5kg
6 432102×2 BRING ME ROSES F 3 Tony McEvoy 6 54.5kg
7 0x315533x3 ASTORIA C 3 James Cummings 7 56.5kg
8 42x21510x2 SHOWTIME C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 56.5kg
9 1x1661x5 LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis 9 56.5kg
10 3141×7 VILLERMONT C 3 Aaron Purcell 10 56.5kg
11 42139×1 HOLY SNOW C 3 Mick Price 11 56.5kg
12 33x9152x33 MURAAQEB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 56.5kg
13 3x212135x4 MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 56.5kg
14 1213×35 ADDICTIVE NATURE C 3 Bjorn Baker 14 56.5kg
15 56x1514x0 VINLAND C 3 Tony McEvoy 15 56.5kg
16 112×12 SIEGE OF QUEBEC C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 16 56.5kg
17 7x425659x0 ESHTIRAAK G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 56.5kg
18 12x2273x2 SALSAMOR (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 18 56.5kg
19 1125×4 ASSIMILATE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 19 56.5kg
20 11×1 D’ARGENTO C 3 Chris Waller 20 56.5kg
21 215×113 BRAVE SONG C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 21 56.5kg
22 312×17 PEACEFUL STATE C 3 Darren Weir 22 56.5kg
23 311×6 KAONIC (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 23 56.5kg
24 66x214x42 MR SO AND SO G 3 Anthony Freedman 24 56.5kg
25 8x142223x6 BLACK SAIL (NZ) C 3 Aaron Purcell 25 56.5kg
26 2×115 SCARECROW G 3 Tony McEvoy 26 56.5kg
27 135×5 PARET C 3 Chris Waller 27 56.5kg
28 145×44 MAHALANGUR (NZ) C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 28 56.5kg
29 74×1 TANGMERE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 29 56.5kg

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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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