Trainer Mike Moroney has been understandably thrilled with the form displayed by Tulsa through his Spring Carnival campaign so far, but has conceded to talented three-year-old will probably need a fast-run race to beat the 2015 Caulfield Guineas field.
Tulsa has finished outside the first three only once through four career starts so far and was undoubtedly most impressive when absolutely savaging the line for a close second behind Bon Aurum in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at fortnight ago.
Having been charged with overcoming the talented 2015 Caulfield Guineas field from the outsider barrier this afternoon, Moroney told AAP he is confident his runner is up to the class but believes there will need to be sufficient early pace for the Sebring colt to figure in the finish.
“It’s probably not the ideal draw but in saying that he’s had a bit of practice from there now,” Moroney said.
“And one thing about it, we’ve found he can race back off the speed.
“If they trot and canter around and sprint home he probably can’t win. But if they go at a true rate he’s a chance at running over the top of them because he has to go back from that draw.”
Despite his particularly impressive turn of foot in the final straight of the Prelude race, Moroney believes there is still plenty Tulsa can improve on if he is to return to the winner’s circle in the 2015 Caulfield Guineas.
“We think that his two runs against the better three-year-olds have been very good and he’s definitely got to be one of the main chances on natural talent,” Moroney said.
“He did a few things wrong last start and I think if he raced straight he would have won.
“He just wanted to lay in and gave Ben (Melham) a bit of a difficult ride when he did get to the outside.”
Tulsa debuted to racing for a credible fourth in an Echuca sprint over 1200m on March 7th before immediately returning to the paddock.
Returning this time for success in the Polytrack Maiden Plate (1100m) on August 25th, Tulsa boxed on for a credible sixth in the Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
Tulsa has received steady support to beat the sixteen-horse Caulfield Guineas field this week; cutting in from a quote of $15 to currently rest at odds of $12 for success with Ladbrokes.