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Moroney Targeting Caulfield Guineas With Unbeaten 3YO

Thursday, 14th August 2014

Trainer Mike Moroney has confirmed the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 11 October as the primary spring target for exciting 3YO Merion (O'Reilly-Sapphire Belle, by Danske), reports racingandsports.com.au. The unbeaten O'Reilly gelding, who was last seen winning the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1410m) at Flemington in April, has been set on a Caulfield Guineas path by Moroney who has a high opinion of the gelding. "I'm pretty sure he'll be competitive enough as a Guineas horse," said the Flemington-based trainer. "He's one of the better three year olds I've had in a while." Moroney added, "The horse looks terrific and I couldn't be happier with him. He's really ticked every box so far. He's come back pretty relaxed and he's a big imposing bloke now, with a lot of strength about him." Moroney even thinks Merion could develop into a VRC Derby horse. "Whether he'll get the Derby trip will be the question. We'll take each race at a time but his main aim at the minute is the Caulfield Guineas." He added, "He had a jump out down the straight on Friday and looks particularly well." Merion is set to resume in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley next week.

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