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RE­GARDED as a stal­lion­mak­ing race, the Caulfield Guineas has a star-stud­ded hon­our roll: Lonhro, Red­oute’s Choice, Ma­hogany, Vain, Tul­loch, Ajax ...

Five fil­lies have won the Guineas, the most no­table be­ing Sur­round, who went on to be­come the only three-yearold filly to win a Cox Plate.

A no­table in­crease in prize­money to $2 mil­lion has proved enough to tempt the Hayes sta­ble to sad­dle up its star filly, Catchy.

Catchy has done lit­tle wrong to date.

She’s a Blue Di­a­mond win­ner who didn’t handle a heavy track on the only time she missed a place, in the Golden Slip­per.

Al­though beaten in the Thou­sand Guineas Pre­lude, she pro­duced the best last 800m, 600m and 400m splits.

Sum­mer Pas­sage, who has been scratched, and Perast dom­i­nated the Caulfield Guineas Pre­lude — a key leadup race run at mod­er­ate early frac­tions.

That suited Perast, who was com­ing off a mur­der­ous tempo in the Golden Rose at Rose­hill.

The pres­ence of his hard­go­ing sta­ble­mate The Mis­sion, along with Show­time and Sir­c­coni, means this race will be run at a much stronger tempo.

Royal Sym­phony and Ke­men­tari head the mar­ket from the boys’ per­spec­tive.

Royal Sym­phony was as short as $2.80 for the Guineas af­ter a slash­ing first-up win from a seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble spot at Flem­ing­ton on Septem­ber 16.

To the eye, he raced a lit­tle flat in the Guineas Pre­lude, but the sec­tional data re­veal he still ran the best late splits.

He raced like a horse al­ready want­ing the 1600m.

The winkers go on to­day cor­rect his de­sire to “lay in’’ down the straight.

Ke­men­tari isn’t quite the fin­ished pack­age. He skipped the Golden Rose to fo­cus on this and, al­though a touch way­ward, was very good in run­ning third in the Pre­lude.

To be rid­den by Damian Lane, Ke­men­tari will be out to em­u­late the deeds of his cham­pion fa­ther, Lonhro, who won this race in 2001.

He maps well from gate 10 and should have Royal Sym­phony be­hind him in the run.

Gold Stan­dard was ser­vice­able in the Golden Rose and, judg­ing by his Flem­ing­ton jumpout eight days ago, he has set­tled in well here to be a lead­ing con­tender for Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott.

Show­time maps very well off the inside draw, hav­ing run a good time in win­ning the Stutt Stakes. Just be­hind him, wear­ing a flash­ing red light as he charged to the line, was Sal­samor.

This duo have place claims. Royal Sym­phony and Ke­men­tari are the horses to back.

Given the open na­ture of the race, there’s op­por­tu­nity to back both and make a healthy profit.

The Thou­sand Guineas looks to be at the mercy of Syd­ney filly Al­izee.

Trained by James Cum­mings, this hulk­ing daugh­ter of Se­poy has come into her own as the prepa­ra­tion has deep­ened.

She’s a lovely, long-strid­ing filly who reeled off the slick­est last 400m and 200m sec­tion­als of the day in the 1400m Tea Rose at Rand­wick two starts ago be­fore sus­tain­ing a bril­liant fi­nal 1000m to win the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at the same track.

It’s hard to see how her seven ri­vals can hold her out.

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