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Shock Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss heads up the nominations for the 2018 Group 1 $1m Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 3.

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

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

Mighty Boss caused a major boilover when he arrived at $101 to beat the more fancied runners in the Group 1 $2m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival and the Mick Price trained colt is one of one hundred and twelve three year olds entered for the Australian Guineas.

As well as Mighty Boss, Price has also has six other three year olds in contention, Cao Cao, Grunt, Holy Snow, I Have Arrived, Silverhawk and Weld.

Price has mapped out an ambitious Autumn Carnival program for the flashy chestnut colt who will take on the older weight for age horses in Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 10 before heading to Flemington.

“He’s another one we’re trying to add value to,” Price told racing.com.

“He’s a Caulfield Guineas winner – not saying that’s not enough – but need to do more.

“So I reckon I’m going to run him in the C.F. Orr, the Futurity, and then it is seven days into the Australian Guineas for him there.

“I think that’s the best way to go. The Manfred over 1200m will be too short.

“You’ve got to add value to these colts.”

Trainer Tony McEvoy collected the winning Australian Guineas trophy last year with Hey Doc and has four three year olds in contention this year with Bring Me Roses, Illumicon, Scarecrow and Vinland.

Darren Weir was a winner two years ago with Palentino and the leading Victorian trainer has Cliff’s Edge heading up his eight Australian Guineas hopefuls.

Chris Waller has plenty of ammunition with nine nominated while Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have four entries headed up by last start winner Siege Of Quebec.

The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig are giving themselves every chance to win the Australian Guineas for the first time as co-trainers with fifteen three year olds among the nominations.

David Hayes did collect the winning trophy when the stable was run only under his name with his brilliant filly Miss Finland in 2007.

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Guineas (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 6x27x1263 AEECEE TONG DE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2 25x124113x ALIZEE F 3 James Cummings
3 2x12x5116x ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Aaron Purcell
4 3721168x ANCHOR BID F 3 Darren Weir
5 11x5387x6 ANDAZ G 3 Chris Waller
6 1125x ASSIMILATE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
7 2 ASTERIUS C 3 Chris Waller
8 20x315533x ASTORIA C 3 James Cummings
9 16×133 BARBEQUE G 3 James Cummings
10 11 BELFAST C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
11 48x142223x BLACK SAIL (NZ) C 3 Aaron Purcell
12 3x2167x BOWERMAN G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 215x11x BRAVE SONG C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
14 112×3 BRAVO TANGO C 3 Mitchell Freedman
15 432102x BRING ME ROSES F 3 Tony McEvoy
16 6x129x233 CALCULATED C 3 Chris Waller
17 x60x30x651 CAO CAO G 3 Mick Price
18 26 CARIBBEAN WONDER C 3 Nick Smart
19 110x21330x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 2227×2 CIRCOMO G 3 Anthony Freedman
21 x81812126x CLIFF’S EDGE C 3 Darren Weir
22 728x COUTINHO G 3 Anthony Freedman
23 2 DANBANA C 3 Nigel Blackiston
24 11×1 D’ARGENTO C 3 Chris Waller
25 12x DOVES CRY F 3 Henry Dwyer
26 14x EARTH ANGEL F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
27 6x1x22545x ECLAIR SUNSHINE G 3 Phillip Stokes
28 ELGIN (NZ) G 3 Liam Howley
29 2×11142 EMBELLISH (NZ) C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
30 17x425659x ESHTIRAAK G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
31 1165x ESPERANCE G 3 James Cummings
32 19x FAOLAN G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
33 302x11013x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 56×8 FRANKEL MY DEAR C 3 Robbie Laing
35 3x11x GRUNT (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
36 32x HAPUKA (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
37 40×2 HEIR TO THE THRONE (NZ) G 3 Henry Dwyer
38 322x HERE COMES LENNI (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
39 3×1 HOLBIEN G 3 Steve Richards
40 42139x HOLY SNOW C 3 Mick Price
41 26x253x HONG QIGONG G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
42 1x29x I DID IT AGAIN G 3 Greg Eurell
43 16x I HAVE ARRIVED (NZ) C 3 Mick Price
44 41×7 ILLUMICON C 3 Tony McEvoy
45 37x44x26x1 INDERNILE G 3 Gerard Moloney
46 2x655x5 INDRABEEL (NZ) F 3 Nigel Blackiston
47 2114×422 ISLAND MISSILE G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
48 JUDICIOUS C 3 Michael Kent
49 311x KAONIC (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller
50 11 KEEN G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
51 21x4320x KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings
52 11x KENTUCKY BREEZE G 3 Levi Kavanagh
53 3x11138x LEATHER’N’LACE – F 3 Darren Weir
54 1x1661x LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis
55 1366x LORD CECIL G 3 Paul Messara
56 145×4 MAHALANGUR (NZ) C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
57 3x212135x MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
58 2 MASUTA (NZ) G 3 Nick Ryan
59 MAXIMUM PLAID C 3 Michael Kent
60 6x122x5 MEROVEE C 3 Chris Waller
61 0x12741x MIGHTY BOSS C 3 Mick Price
62 133 MONTASER (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
63 66x214x4 MR SO AND SO G 3 Anthony Freedman
64 638x309x56 MURAAHIB G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
65 133x9152x MURAAQEB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
66 7 NO DREAMS ALL HOPE C 3 Frankie Stockdale
67 11x OCEAN DEEP (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
68 50x PAINT THE STARS G 3 Shawn Mathrick
69 135×5 PARET C 3 Chris Waller
70 11 PARIS ROCK (NZ) F 3 Henry Dwyer
71 312x PEACEFUL STATE C 3 Darren Weir
72 6×32122 PERSIAN EMPIRE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
73 05x751644x PISSARO C 3 Robbie Laing
74 12x209x PLUTOCRACY G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
75 3146×21271 PREVAILING WINDS G 3 Darren Weir
76 24x21x2 PREZADO G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
77 4146x RELLSON (NZ) C 3 Aaron Purcell
78 027×44 REVLIS C 3 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan
79 422165x RUNAWAY R 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
80 12x2273x SALSAMOR (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
81 31x322487x SANCTIONED G 3 James Cummings
82 7x SAVVY KEN (NZ) C 3 David Brideoake
83 2×11 SCARECROW G 3 Tony McEvoy
84 SEE IT THRU G 3 Michael Kent
85 28×3 SENTIMENTALIST G 3 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan
86 4x2147x SHAGRA F 3 David Brideoake
87 111x1221x SHOALS F 3 Anthony Freedman
88 3×114 SHOKORA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
89 342x21510x SHOWTIME C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
90 12 SHUMOOKH F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
91 112×1 SIEGE OF QUEBEC C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
92 46×4 SILVERHAWK G 3 Mick Price
93 7x1413x SKY BOY G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings
94 31x SO YOU WIN G 3 Chris Waller
95 23x11432x SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
96 x25x43329x SUNQUEST C 3 Steve Richards
97 116x TAMASA C 3 Darren Weir
98 74x TANGMERE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller
99 3 THINK POSITIVE C 3 John & Chris Ledger
100 4135x2450x TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
101 1 TWILIGHT SONG F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
102 1121 TWITCHY FRANK F 3 Darren Weir
103 3141x VILLERMONT C 3 Aaron Purcell
104 56x1514x VINLAND C 3 Tony McEvoy
105 4113x WARRANTY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
106 4x3x1 WEAPON C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
107 19 WELD C 3 Mick Price
108 12 WETAKEMANHATTAN G 3 Matt Cumani
109 725x WHOOMPH C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
110 1 WON BALL C 3 Darren Weir
111 07x WON WON TOO (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
112 2100x WOULDA THOUGHT SO G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

About The Author

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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