Caulfield Guineas Tips – another Group 1 Statement to be made by Chris Waller

  • Press Statement a class above
  • Back to his best last start.
Press Statement

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller continues to dominate Group 1 racing in Australia and looks set to add another feature to the list when Press Statement lines up in Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

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The impressive Group 1 winning son of Hinchinbrook really does look a class above his rivals but has hit a speed bump by drawing barrier 14 of 16.

Only one horse has won from a barrier wider than 13 in the past 30 years, but with top hoop Hugh Bowman making the trip to Melbourne to partner the colt, odds have been swung back in his favour.

Having taken out the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) during the Brisbane Winter Carnival, Press Statement was then sent for a spell to be aimed at the Caulfield Guineas.

He carried 60kg when finishing 2nd to Exosphere in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m), and then he had little luck in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) when finishing 3.5 lengths behind Exosphere.

Press Statement contested the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at his next start, and although this looked a drop in class, the talented three-year-old improved out of sight when delivering a 3-length knockout blow to his opposition.

Rageese finished ahead of Press Statement in the Golden Rose but was then 4.5 lengths astern in the Stan Fox.

Waller sends his charge into the Caulfield Guineas at his fourth run from a spell, and with further improvement to come, he looks a clear standout from 15 other rivals.

Kiwi galloper Dal Cielo looks the likely leader in the event, and with Bassett and Bon Aurum breathing down his neck, the pace is sure to be genuine and that will set things up for Bowman to make a well-timed run on Press Statement.

Bassett looked a bit unlucky behind Press Statement in the JJ Atkins, but once clear he couldn’t match the acceleration of Waller’s colt who was widening the gap with every stride.

Luck will play a part after the terrible barrier, but even with a little bit of trouble, Press Statement still looks too good.

Suggested bet:

Press Statement to win ($2.40 CrownBet)

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