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Unbeaten colt Royal Symphony heads the list of first acceptances for the 2017 Group 1 $2m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14.

Royal Symphony, above, heads up the first acceptances for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Royal Symphony, above, heads up the first acceptances for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

One hundred and nineteen three year olds remain in the mix for the $2m 1600m contest when first acceptances were taken today.

The Tony McEvoy trained Royal Symphony is unbeaten from three race starts and is set to step out this Saturday in the Listed $120,000 Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington.

Top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn has been aboard Royal Symphony in all his three wins and will be on top again in the Exford Stakes on Saturday when he begins his Caulfield Guineas campaign in earnest.

McEvoy has geared the Domesday colt up for his Spring Carnival debut with two race day gallops in between races at Caulfield and The Valley over the last two weekends and Dunn said that he felt terrific underneath him.

“We’re still a long way away from his grand final and we’d like to keep him unbeaten if we can, but there’s still plenty of improvement,” Dunn said.

Royal Symphony has been posted as the $5 favourite for the Caulfield Guineas in early betting at Ladbrokes.com.au just ahead of the Ciaron Maher trainer Merchant Navy at $7.50 and James Cummings’ unbeaten Bernardini gelding Esperance at $9.

Merchant Navy kicked off his Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas campaign with a win in the Group 3 $150,000 H.D.F McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 2, keeping his unbeaten record of four wins from four starts intact, while Esperance is nominated this Saturday for both the Exford Stakes and the Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m).

One notable admission from the Caulfield Guineas first acceptances was the Gerald Ryan trained Menrai who will be kept to distance shorter than the 1600m and is currently the short priced favourite at $2.40 for the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 23.

“He won’t be going to a mile this spring – he might go there in autumn – but he won’t be going there in spring,” Ryan told RSN927 Correct Weight.

The powerful Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig still have fifteen three year olds remaining in the Caulfield Guineas first acceptances, headed up by their smart fillies, Catchy, Formality and Tulip.

First acceptances for the 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 11110×2 CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 1 54.5kg
2 x251212x67 INVADER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 56.5kg
3 11302×11 FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 3 54.5kg
4 124135×2 TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 54.5kg
5 132590×26 CHAUFFEUR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 56.5kg
6 1220×12 PARIAH C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 56.5kg
7 4x234161x7 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry 7 56.5kg
8 14163×64 TRAPEZE ARTIST C 3 Gerald Ryan 8 56.5kg
9 2112x SUMMER PASSAGE C 3 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 9 56.5kg
10 14x24x14 AZAZEL C 3 Tony McEvoy 10 56.5kg
11 111×1 MERCHANT NAVY C 3 Ciaron Maher 11 56.5kg
12 552124x GOODFELLA C 3 Bjorn Baker 12 56.5kg
13 2121 GOLD STANDARD C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 13 56.5kg
14 6x214x0 SIRCCONI C 3 Peter Morgan 14 56.5kg
15 4x51100x9 TANGLED C 3 Chris Waller 15 56.5kg
16 3220x123x6 TAKING AIM C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 16 56.5kg
17 111x ROYAL SYMPHONY C 3 Tony McEvoy 17 56.5kg
18 8x311x56 KOBAYASHI C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 18 56.5kg
19 15×21 DRACARYS C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 19 56.5kg
20 45×141 OVERSHARE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 20 56.5kg
21 15×11 MASCULINO C 3 Mick Price 21 56.5kg
22 601561 SILENT COMMAND C 3 Nick Smart 22 56.5kg
23 3111617×42 ESHTIRAAK C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 23 56.5kg
24 6322234×1 DANGER DEAL G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 24 56.5kg
25 112 ASSIMILATE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 25 56.5kg
26 55x121x5 HUALALAI C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 26 56.5kg
27 112×5 AL PASSEM C 3 Ken Keys 27 56.5kg
28 21×81 CLIFF’S EDGE C 3 Darren Weir 28 56.5kg
29 42x65326x ALL TOO HUIYING C 3 Gary Moore 29 56.5kg
30 31×32 SANCTIONED C 3 James Cummings 30 56.5kg
31 2618 LONE EAGLE C 3 Mick Price 31 56.5kg
32 21×4 KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings 32 56.5kg
33 133×9 MURAAQEB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 33 56.5kg
34 2×3481 NISTAAN C 3 Tony McEvoy 34 56.5kg
35 1×7 TYCOON DANCER C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 35 56.5kg
36 11×5 ANDAZ G 3 Chris Waller 36 56.5kg
37 2x4342x21 SHOWTIME C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 37 56.5kg
38 11638×3 MURAAHIB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 38 56.5kg
39 12×2 PLUTOCRACY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 39 56.5kg
40 120×3 ASTORIA C 3 James Cummings 40 56.5kg
41 1442×7 TOGA PICTA C 3 James Cummings 41 56.5kg
42 22x12x5 GARRARD F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 42 54.5kg
43 1846×2 MARSUPIAL C 3 James Cummings 43 56.5kg
44 136×673 PERAST C 3 Paul Perry 44 56.5kg
45 1×115 HYPNOTIST C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 45 56.5kg
46 8×5323984 EVIL CRY C 3 Robbie Laing 46 56.5kg
47 4x43135x7 SAMBRO C 3 Chris Waller 47 56.5kg
48 316x30x1 PADRAIG (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 48 56.5kg
49 1231 RANCHO MONTOYA C 3 Stuart Kendrick 49 56.5kg
50 123x CASINO FOURTEEN C 3 Robert Smerdon 50 56.5kg
51 2x830x3 REFLECTIVITY C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51 56.5kg
52 2×113 SEBFIRE C 3 Darren Weir 52 56.5kg
53 2x26x1x2 ECLAIR SUNSHINE G 3 Phillip Stokes 53 56.5kg
54 5x25x433 SUNQUEST C 3 Steve Richards 54 56.5kg
55 16×2 REGENT C 3 James Cummings 55 56.5kg
56 6×12 MEROVEE C 3 Chris Waller 56 56.5kg
57 117 MUTAMAYEL C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 57 56.5kg
58 3x21x BOWERMAN C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 58= 56.5kg
59 12×2 SALSAMOR (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 58= 56.5kg
60 11 ESPERANCE G 3 James Cummings 60 56.5kg
61 59×11 MOLTEN C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 61 56.5kg
62 62×36 DISSOLUTION C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 62 56.5kg
63 1×3 BEAU GESTE C 3 James Cummings 63 56.5kg
64 36x457x73 LIGHTZ G 3 Jim & Greg Lee 64 56.5kg
65 8×7321 AUGUSTUS C 3 Chris Waller 65 56.5kg
66 7x65x91 THY KINGDOM COME C 3 John P Thompson 66 56.5kg
67 23×1 SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 67 56.5kg
68 249×641 GIVE C 3 John Moloney 68 56.5kg
69 14 MAHALANGUR (NZ) C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 69 56.5kg
70 56×382 CUBA C 3 John P Thompson 70 56.5kg
71 12 WRITTEN CHOICE C 3 Logan McGill 71 56.5kg
72 521 WASSERGEIST C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 72 56.5kg
73 0x12 MIGHTY BOSS C 3 Mick Price 73 56.5kg
74 31 CONQUEST C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 74 56.5kg
75 8×14 SOUFFRANT C 3 Darren Weir 75 56.5kg
76 3244×4 KOOKABAA C 3 Chris Waller 76 56.5kg
77 421 HOLY SNOW C 3 Mick Price 77 56.5kg
78 6425x ICON OF DUBAI C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 78 56.5kg
79 1×5 OUYANG FENG (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 79 56.5kg
80 631 BORN TO FIGHT G 3 Michael Moroney 80 56.5kg
81 10x HECTA C 3 Symon Wilde 81 56.5kg
82 1 METSON G 3 Michael Moroney 82 56.5kg
83 41 SCHNOOZER G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 83 56.5kg
84 1x LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis 84= 56.5kg
85 1x MACTIER G 3 Mick Price 84= 56.5kg
86 1x OCTABELLO C 3 Mick Price 84= 56.5kg
87 0x1 GREYCLIFFE (NZ) C 3 Matt Cumani 87= 56.5kg
88 1 RESERVE STREET C 3 Ciaron Maher 87= 56.5kg
89 30×3722 YUE FEI C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 89 56.5kg
90 1x HULME (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 90 56.5kg
91 9x57x2 SPENCER G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 91 56.5kg
92 783x BARNEY ALLEN G 3 Bev Lechmere & Alisa Hinch 92 56.5kg
93 3446 ST VADUZ C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 93 56.5kg
94 2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 94 56.5kg
95 2 CHOISBORDER C 3 Darren Weir 95= 56.5kg
96 2x MIGHTY QUINN (NZ) C 3 Matt Cumani 95= 56.5kg
97 20×5 SAVAHEAT (NZ) C 3 Darren Weir 95= 56.5kg
98 63 CHOSEN ASSASSIN C 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 98 56.5kg
99 20 TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman 99 56.5kg
100 33 NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH C 3 Robbie Griffiths 100 56.5kg
101 2 FREE FLY TOO C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101= 56.5kg
102 25 HEAVENLY THOUGHT C 3 Darren Weir 101= 56.5kg
103 2 WOULDA THOUGHT SO G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101= 56.5kg
104 2×08 THE DELPHI (NZ) C 3 Michael Moroney 104 56.5kg
105 43 BOX ON COLLINS C 3 Tony McEvoy 105 56.5kg
106 53 EIRA (NZ) C 3 Danny O’Brien 106= 56.5kg
107 3 VILLERMONT C 3 Ciaron Maher 106= 56.5kg
108 49×4 VALIANT SPIRIT G 3 Daniel Williams 108 56.5kg
109 4x KEYSOR C 3 Mick Price 109= 56.5kg
110 4 RELLSON (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher 109= 56.5kg
111 47 HIBERNATOR (NZ) C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 111 56.5kg
112 DESTINY’S HERO G 3 Jason Coyle 112= 56.5kg
113 8 EQUUS D’ORO C 3 Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor 112= 56.5kg
114 ESCALATOR (NZ) G 3 Robert Smerdon 112= 56.5kg
115 KAONIC (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 112= 56.5kg
116 OCEAN’S FOURTEEN (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher 112= 56.5kg
117 OVER EXPOSURE C 3 Tony McEvoy 112= 56.5kg
118 PARET C 3 Chris Waller 112= 56.5kg
119 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 112= 56.5kg

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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