He’s had just one career start but New Zealand youngster Cauthen is already being touted as a Caulfield Guineas contender.
The rising three-year-old travelled from his Opaki base to Te Rapa for his debut today and he was quick to make an impression.
Despite being caught wide for the entire trip in the Goldpine Juvenile (1200m), the Andrew Campbell-trained galloper never looked in doubt of beginning his career with anything but victory.
Without ever really being asked for a genuine effort by jockey Buddy Lammas, the son of Darci Brahma still managed to pass the winning post 8 1/2 lengths clear of his nearest rival Zanotti.
Speaking with New Zealand media after the race, Campbell was delighted a horse he has always had a high opinion of was able to transfer the talent shown at home on to the racetrack.
“He’s always been a good horse and we have always thought a lot of him…It seems like we have been waiting a long time for him but he has shown us heaps,” Campbell said.
While there is still the potential that the emerging galloper could follow in the footsteps on many New Zealand horses and head to Hong Kong, Campbell is hopeful he will have an Australian spring campaign where the major target will be the Caulfield Guineas.
“I hope they [the owners] keep him, and we have talked about an Aussie campaign…he’ll likely have a couple of weeks in the paddock and I hope to run him in the Group 3 Vain Stakes and the (Listed) Henry Bucks en route to the Caulfield Guineas.”
The $1 million Caulfield Guineas will be held on October 12, with the Vain Stakes on August 12 and the Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes on September 7.