Trainer Mark Kavanagh has revealed that talented colt Chivalry will be set for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Chivalry has not been seen at the races since he ran home fairly to finish eighth behind Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 22 in a performance that suggested he would be a much better horse over more ground.
Kavanagh said before the running of the Blue Diamond Stakes that Chivalry would be a much better horse as a three-year-old and told Racing Victoria that he believes the son of Street Cry is good enough to be competitive in a race like the Caulfield Guineas during his spring campaign.
“Chivalry’s booked to start work and pre-training again on Monday,” Kavanagh said.
“He will be headed along gently towards the Caulfield Guineas.
“It was my opinion that what we got out of him was probably a bonus.
“Being by Street Cry is a positive, as he looks like he can make the right progression on to his three-year-old season.
“He’s certainly shown us in his style of racing that he’ll be more effective over a longer journey.”
Chivalry made his racing debut as an extremely short-priced favourite in the Leadwest Plate (1000m) at Flemington on December 14 and was a good thing beaten by I Am The General after being blocked for a run in the final stages of the race.
The juvenile broke through for his maiden race win in the Quest Moonee Valley Plate (1000m) at Moonee Valley on December 28, despite being blocked for a run once again, and earned himself a tilt at Group 1 level by storming home from the tail of the field to finish third behind Rubick and Jabali in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on February 8.
Chivalry showed no early pace in the Blue Diamond Stakes and jockey Stephen Baster was forced to settle the colt at the tail of the field and he made good ground later, but was unable to put himself in the finish.
The talented colt is currently on the second line of Caulfield Guineas betting markets, at a quote of $11, with Brazen Beau a narrow favourite at odds of $10.
Kavanagh is chasing his second win in the Caulfield Guineas after taking out the 2008 edition of the race with the talented Whobegotyou.