Tony Gollan admits Looks Like The Cat has difficult task but extra Caulfield Guineas distance will help
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TONY Gollan says Rich Enuff can be beaten in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas but admitted he was in awe of the rising superstar in the Guineas Prelude.
Gollan’s striking three-year-old Looks Like The Cat started favourite in Sunday’s Guineas Prelude at Caulfield but was left in the wake of Rich Enuff who scorched the turf and coasted to a two-and-a-half length win.
Looks Like The Cat has now run successive seconds behind Rich Enuff in Melbourne but Gollan insists the extra 200m of the 1600m Guineas will work in favour of his horse.
However Gollan concedes Rich Enuff is something special and it will take something just as special to beat him.
Rich Enuff is the $3.50 favourite for the Guineas on October 11 with Almalad at $4.20 and Looks Like The Cat on the third line of betting at $5.
Gollan has huge respect for Rich Enuff but is not hoisting the white flag.
“Put it this way, from what I saw on Sunday I am very glad there is an extra 200m in the Guineas,” Gollan said.
“Rich Enuff is a very, very good horse.
“But they are all beatable. You will get a different sort of race in the Guineas with different horses and three different form lines all converging.
“You have got the Stutt Stakes from Moonee Valley last Friday night with Almalad, you have got the Sydney three-year-olds coming through like Shooting To Win and then you have got the horses that have come through the Guineas Prelude.
“Rich Enuff will be up on speed again and Almalad will be the first horse challenging him to make it a tough mile and my horse hopefully will get a nice run through the field.”
Looks Like The Cat, named for his striking white blaze and resemblance to former cult hero horse Apache Cat, had a stack of market support in the Guineas Prelude.
But Gollan confesses he didn’t share a similar level of confidence going into Looks Like The Cat’s first run around the unique Caulfield track.
“I thought the prelude was going to be his trickiest race in Melbourne, it was his first go around Caulfield when the horse is getting ready for the mile,” Gollan said.
“It was a race we were wanting to be competitive in but I was never as confident as what the market suggested that I should have been.
“It was also a bit of a bizarre day with those strong winds. Running into those winds affects horses all differently.
“Rich Enuff handled it quite well and he quickened and put paid to that field including my horse very easily.”
Filly Traveston Girl has not fired with two fourth placings in Melbourne and has now drifted to $26 in the market for the Thousand Guineas.
However Gollan was satisfied with her effort on the weekend and feels she is building nicely.
“She struggled in that headwind on the weekend and she didn’t really want to charge into it,” he said.
“But I thought her run was good heading to the mile. I’m not saying she is a good thing or anything in the Thousand Guineas but she is a realistic chance.”
Story courtesy Ben Dorries Courier Mail http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/tony-gollan-admits-looks-like-the-cat-has-difficult-task-but-extra-caulfield-guineas-distance-will-help/story-fnii0njy-1227074192297