Futurity Stakes next for Super Seth
Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth will miss the Group Three C S Hayes Stakes to instead chase a Group One weight-for-age win.
The Anthony Freedman-trained Super Seth was nominated for Saturday’s Group Three CS Hayes (1400m) at Flemington and a rematch with Queenslander Alligator Blood, but the colt was not among the eight acceptors on Wednesday.
Super Seth will instead try to become the latest three-year-old to upstage the older horses this season in Saturday week’s Group One Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The Mike Moroney-trained three-year-old colt Alabama Express beat the older horses to win the Group One C F Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield 1400m last Saturday.
Four of Super Seth’s five career wins have been at Caulfield and the TAB on Wednesday had the colt at $4.40 in an all-in market for the Futurity, behind star New Zealand mare Melody Belle ($3.80) and Epsom Handicap and Golden Eagle winner Kolding ($4).
Super Seth is now unlikely to run in the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington a week after the Futurity with the Group One Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7 favoured.
Super Seth chased down the David Vandyke-trained Alligator Blood to win the Group One Caulfield Guineas in the spring.
He is the only horse to beat Alligator Blood in nine starts.
Alligator Blood is in Melbourne and runs in Saturday’s C S Hayes on a path to the Group One Australian Guineas and $5 million All-Star Mile next month.
He will clash with star New Zealand gelding Catalyst in the C S Hayes.
That pair headline a field of eight for the C S Hayes which also includes multiple Group-winning colt colt Dalasan, and the Freedman-trained Chenier, the only one of four stable nominations in the acceptances.
Victoria Derby winner Warning is expected to campaign in Sydney throughout the autumn while Caulfield Guineas placegetter Groundswell has been saved for a sprint race against his own age on Saturday week at Caulfield.
“Both Super Seth & Groundswell will bypass Saturday’s C S Hayes,” Freedman Racing said on Twitter.
“Super Seth will be given his opportunity in two G1s (Futurity & Randwick Guineas), meaning he is likely to bypass the Australian Guineas.
“Groundswell will run next Saturday in G3 Zedative Stakes at Caulfield.”