Horse Racing

Two spearheads of Sandown Guineas for the top team


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The Fortune Teller and Holymanz will try to give Ciaron Maher and David Eustace their first win in Sandown Guineas

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are yet to officially win the Sandown Guineas but expect that to change with the two runners running in the Group 2 event at Caulfield on Saturday.

Villermont, who entered the race in 2017, was initially prepared by Maher until he suspended ownership of the bona fide Azkadellia.

The then three-year-old was transferred to Aaron Purcell’s care, although Eustace joined Maher but did not officially cooperate the following year when Maher returned to the coaching ranks.

Saturday’s Group 2 1600m race will see Maher and Eustace run The Fortune Teller and Holymanz, who, like Villermont, have just one win before overtaking the Guineas.

“In fact Sandown Guinea is a race won by horses that have won a race or two.” Eustace said.

“Nominally Group 2.”

The fortune teller has the right credentials.

As the first winner at Swan Hill in August, The Fortune Teller advanced to Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, finishing seventh at the start of the fourth race, before finishing third in Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m). ) in Flemington on October 29.

“He made very few mistakes,” Eustace said.

“His run in Guineas was very good, his run in the Carbine Club was also good and this is a bit lower level.

“It was a little frustrating that we couldn’t draw in laps six or seven, but it seemed to be pace enough and he deserves his place in such a race.”

Holymanz, on the other hand, only raced twice to claim his first win at Horsham on 16 October before finishing second in 1st place at Bendigo on 9 November.

“He’s really improved since the Bendigo game and he has a good door,” Eustace said.

“He’s shown us enough to deserve his place in a race like this and a horse like him, hopefully he’s advanced enough to shake it up.”

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