Looks Like The Cat charges into Caulfield Guineas calculations

DAMIAN Browne believes Looks Like The Cat is “definitely” good enough to win the Caulfield Guineas, provided he can iron out a few chinks in his inexperienced armour. 

The flashy chestnut rocketed up Guineas betting charts with his second in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. Chivalry is the TattsBet Guineas favourite, but his Flemington performance was rated by Timeform at 109, compared to the 114 afforded Looks Like The Cat in his second to Rich Enuff (115). Sydney’s Golden Rose is the apparent benchmark, with Hallowed Crown going to 119 on Saturday. J.J. Atkins winner Almalad rated 114 in the Rose. Browne, who has ridden Looks Like The Cat in his past four starts, is now convinced he is one of the top hopes in the Guineas. “Ability-wise, it’s definitely there,” he said. “It’s hard to line up the Sydney three-year-olds coming off all of those wet tracks, but he proved (on Saturday) he’s up to the Melbourne ones. “Out of that race, he’s the best of them going forward. “He’s good enough. He just needs to iron out a couple of problems.” Browne said Looks Like The Cat “got a little bit lost when they sprinted 600m out” and it took him a furlong to pick up, indicating he is still some way off reaching his full potential. “He’s certainly getting better, but I wouldn’t say he’s there yet,” Browne said.

Looks Like The Cat (left), with Damian Browne aboard, made ground late on Rich Enuff. Pic

Looks Like The Cat (left), with Damian Browne aboard, made ground late on Rich Enuff. Picture: Colleen Petch. Source: News Corp Australia

  “We tracked the winner, but he got us off the bridle pretty quick. Whether that’s because he got a bit lost up the straight, I guess we will find out at Caulfield. “But the further they go the better he will be. He’s certainly looking for the mile.” The last Queensland- trained winner of the Caulfield Guineas was Barry Miller’s Show A Heart (2000), who was elevated after the original winner Skalato was disqualified. Tony Gollan, who reported all of his carnival runners had pulled up “very good” on Sunday, is also expecting sharp improvement from Traveston Girl when she steps up to 1400m next time, on the way to the Thousand Guineas. Traveston Girl was a beaten favourite at Flemington on Saturday, but maintains her place as a $17 chance in the Thousand Guineas. Early Thousand Guineas fancy Go Indy Go was tailed off in the Danehill and co-trainer Andrew Gluyas is waiting on results of blood tests to determine her immediate future. Ken Keys will progress to the Guineas Prelude with Rich Enuff and that 1400m race will determine whether he goes forward to the 1600m Caulfield Guineas or freshens up for the 1200m Coolmore. The Gerald Ryan-trained Washington Heights requires surgery to remove bone chips from his fetlock and is out of the Spring Carnival.

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Courier Mail  http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/looks-like-the-cat-charges-into-caulfield-guineas-calculations/story-fnii0njy-1227058197560

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