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Kiw Trainer Relieved to see the real Cauthen at Moonee Valley

August 26, 2013

Boom New Zealand colt Cauthen (NZ) (Darci Brahma) put the record straight at Moonee Valley yesterday as he announced himself as a serious Caulfield Guineas prospect.

The colt had been a luckless second in his Australian debut on the same track three weeks ago but was not going to be denied again in the Listed McKenzie Stakes.

Jockey James McDonald kept the $2.60 favourite out of trouble one off the fence before sending him for home on straightening and at the post the Kiwi pairing had 1½ lengths to spare over a classy field of three-year-old sprinters.

On offer at $8 on TAB fixed odds betting for the Caulfield Guineas before yesterday’s race, Cauthen was moved in to joint favourite at $6 with another boom colt in Prince Harada for the October classic.

Trainer Andrew Campbell also has the Cox Plate as “a dream” should the spring unfold as he hopes.

“That’s the real Cauthen,” the relieved trainer said. “It’s pleasing to see him do that today. It makes life easier for us now.”

After being slightly slow into stride, McDonald got going on Cauthen to sit fourth with Shamus Award (Snitzel) on his inside. Clevadude (Bel Esprit), who beat Cauthen over 1000 metres when the Kiwi struck trouble mid-race in his Australian debut, took up the lead in yesterday’s 1200 metre contest but by the time they straightened McDonald was ready to pounce and sent his charge clear from the 100 metre mark.

Shamus Award came in second while the previously unbeaten Long John (Street Cry) hit the line strongly from last after going back from the outside gate.

With the pressure of getting enough stake money to gain a start in the Caulfield Guineas eased, Cauthen will now progress to the Listed Henry Bucks Stakes, over 1400 metres at Flemington in two weeks’ time, before the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and the Caulfield Guineas.

“He’s got plenty of upside. He’s still not wound right up yet,” Campbell said.

McDonald said the colt’s performance showed he was in for a bright future and was already looking for further.

“He’s big and he’s powerful,” McDonald said, “and he’s got the right attitude to be a very good horse.”

Story and photo from New Zealand Thoroughbred News