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FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 SPORT 59 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Gai may crash the party IF THE fairytale is foiled in tomorrows Caulfield Guineas, you can probably blame Gai Waterhouse. Or thank her, if you punted on Rich Enuff not running out a winning 1600m. Waterhouse is probably the only trainer who can make Rich Enuff work hard enough to lose the Guineas. The Guineas is traditionally a good race for speedsters Starspangledbanner and Our Maizcay come to mind and the speed map has the race as a gift for Rich Enuff. Unless Waterhouse interjects. On face value, Rich Enuff should scoot across from barrier 10 and take up the running. Nothing drawn inside Rich Enuff has ever shown the intent or natural speed to make it anything more than a leisurely task for the favourite to cross over and dominate. But Waterhouse has two runners and is an aggressive rival. Almalad has drawn wide in barrier 13 and Waterhouses instinct would be to race aggressively, race close enough to Rich Enuff to eyeball him and worry him out of the prize. It could set up a Helmet/Manawanui stoush; on from the 600m and an epic. In that 2011 Guineas, Helmet prevailed by millimetres. Almalad is on a Cox Plate campaign so Waterhouse wont expect him to wilt if asked to hammer Rich Enuff over the shorter 1600m. Waterhouse will be well aware Almalad cannot win the Guineas if he sits back and allows Rich Enuff some cheap sectionals. There isnt another runner in the race likely to put it to Rich Enuff bar maybe Waterhouses Wandjina. Wandjina cannot win, but he can make it busy up front. He has raced a long way off the pace in his two Melbourne runs to date, in contrast to his on-pace pattern in Sydney. From barrier five, it would not shock at all if he rushed forward early, with Almalad also close. There are two other on-pace runners (but not mad leaders) in Moveovermanhattan and Our Vespa and the addition of blinkers to Our Vespa suggests he too might push forward. Rich Enuff will probably pack too many punches, possess too much class. But its a $1 million race and trainers like Waterhouse dont hand out gifts. It will be interesting. The Toorak also appears to have a likely leader who will be hard to chase down. Solicit is a high-rolling front-runner who dismantled hot favourite Commanding Jewel at Moonee Valley last start, only to be collared late by in-form Dear Demi. The speed map has Solicit cruising across from a wide alley and running the sort of solid tempo that brings chasers unstuck. If Dear Demi wins the star-studded Caulfield Stakes 35 minutes before the Toorak and I reckon she will then Solicit is going to look mighty hard to beat. The Turnbull Stakes a week ago had lots of big names but few in-form horses but this is a different race. Dissident, Sacred Falls, Side Glance, Fawkner, Happy Trails, Foreteller, Criterion and Dear Demi are the absolute Agraders. Its an intriguing race. When its so close, its usually best to err to the one at best odds Dear Demi. BY MATT STEWART Odd coupling primed to fire By MICHAEL MANLEY ONE can only imagine what theatrics await at Caulfield tomorrow if Chivalry or Pickin Time can win their respective Group 1 races for the recently established pairing of Mark Kavanagh and Glen Boss. Boss is well known for his animated celebrations while Kavanagh is usually so overcome with emotion he struggles to get a word out, usually compensating via animated facial expressions. Tomorrow they combine with Chivalry a $14 chance in the Caulfield Guineas and Pickin Time a $15 chance in the Thousand Guineas. The pair joined forces five months ago when Boss approached Kavanagh about riding work for him. At the time their pairing raised a few eyebrows, as Kavanagh and Boss were both struggling. Kavanagh said they had always got on well and Boss had often ridden for him when former stable jockey Michael Rodd was unavailable. He pointed out Boss rode Divina Madonna to win the 2007 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill. Boss rationale for teaming with Kavanagh was he was going through a rebuilding stage and would come good. How many spring carnivals are there when Kav doesnt have at least one good horse? Not many youll find, Boss said. Boss also said he knew how Kavanagh went about his business and knew he was in a rebuilding phase. I said I was prepared to work hard together with him and do the hard yards. Once I was there for a couple of weeks I knew Id done the right thing as I could see what direction he was going in with his horses. Hes got a number of Street Crys, Fastnet Rocks, High Chaparrals, Street Senses that need maturity and theyre all coming through together. Last week at Flemington, the pair combined to win the UCI Stakes with Magicool, who is now equal Victoria Derby favourite at $8. I always knew he was a good trainer but to actually be there and see what he was doing and how hes bringing the horses along Ive been really impressed, Boss said. Both Boss and Kavanagh said they were enjoying their partnership. Glen Boss onboard Chivalry celebrates his win in the McNeil Stakes Picture: COLLEEN PETCH TARGET CAULFIELD GUINEAS DAY WITH A TATTSBET DOUBLE TRIO. 2 RACES. 1 BET. AVAILABLE ON RACES 9 AND 10 AT CAULFIELD TOMORROW *$250,000 Gross Pool. Return to customer is 75%. Gamble Responsibly. tattsbet.comYour local TAB Mobile 13 19 39