Looks Like The Cat a $6 chance for Caulfield Guineas
GREG Eurell has seen it all before – a striking, chestnut horse with a vanilla ice-cream face storming to a stunning Group 1 victory. And the sight of it will stir his emotions on Saturday, even though it is not his horse.
The memories are flooding back for trainer Eurell who is flattered that Queensland cult hero horse Looks Like The Cat is named after his former champion sprinter Apache Cat.
Looks Like The Cat, the big chestnut named for his striking white blaze and similarity to eight-time Group 1 winner Apache Cat, is a $6 chance for Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Apache Cat retired in 2009 after a grand career which earned $4.5 million but his racing legacy is living on through the feats of Looks Like The Cat.
“It is really flattering to think they named this horse after Apache Cat and that people still remember him fondly,” Eurell told The Courier-Mail.
“Watching Looks Like The Cat has certainly bought back some memories for me. Time keeps marching on and you see a lot of great horses but it is impossible not to reflect on what Apache Cat achieved.
“Apache Cat was so professional and there were no variables in anything he did. No matter what campaign we structured for him, he always gave it his best shot and he always raced in the best company. He was a lovely horse to train and he always gave you 100 per cent. I had so much admiration for the horse.”
Eurell, who sees Apache Cat occasionally at the Living Legends horse retirement facility in Victoria, does not believe much extra pressure comes with training a cult hero horse such as Apache Cat.
He says Queensland trainer Tony Gollan should not be worried about the pressure of public expectation and has no doubt he will have Looks Like The Cat in the best possible shape for his Group 1 assignment.
Rich Enuff, who has twice beaten Looks Like the Cat in Melbourne, will start a clear favourite but the step up to the 1600m of the Guineas will play in the favour of Looks Like The Cat.
Gollan is hoping early pressure will help his galloper turn the tables.
“If every horse sits back and takes up their positions then there’s only going to be one horse that will win the race,” Gollan said.
“(But) I’m positive there will be more pressure and it will build from further out. Last start he was off and gone before we got going.”