The 2011 Caulfield Guineas preview

By guest reviewer Todd Burmester Although a small field, The Caulfield Guineas of 2011, I think is sure to be one remembered for some time to come. The field would have to be described as sensational. It’s testament to the great crop of 3yo’s we have around this year, a crop which I believe is the best since the Saintly/Octagonal/Nothin’ Leica Dane crop of 1996. Looking at this race, Helmet is going to run a well deserved favourite – but to say he is over the line surely is not quite the case. You would expect Manawanui will go close to leading with Helmet somewhere up there on the pace. Smart Missile who I think we all know seems to have any amount of ability will probably, once again, be out the back in the run. The smaller field may however play into his hands as you would not imagine he will be giving them the start he did last time. The x-factor of the race is no doubt Chase The Rainbow. He looks an improver at every run and it was an impressive last start win. The safe way to go in this race would be to back Helmet – I really can’t find anything as such to suggest he cannot win the race. Given that I do feel Manawanui and Chase The Rainbow are real chances in the race however, there’s the option of backing both of those and having two runners going for you for about the same return as only backing Helmet. I can’t trust Smart Missile but I won’t be surprised to see him win. In all honesty it’s the kind of race where there is so much quality that you are best to back your own personal selection. It’s sure to be a ripper!