Good Standing in good stead following classy 2016 Caulfield Classic victory

2016 Caulfield ClassicArtie Schiller colt Good Standing proved a class above his rivals winning the 2016 Caulfield Classic today at Caulfield.

The James Cummings-trained three-year-old was an unlucky 7th in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last Saturday but made amends today with a classy all the way win.

Stepping up to 2000m for the first time, he settled in front, and jockey Blake Shinn rated him perfectly in the lead. Rounding the turn he gave Good Standing more rein, he bounded away, defying all challengers in the run to the line.

Good Standing started $2.90 favourite and defeated the fast finishing Rocketeer $6.00 by 0.75 lengths. Inference $6.50 finished one length back in third place.

After the race, Shinn was full of praise for his mount.

“He was the best horse in the race and I was confident I could lead into the headwind.”

“He’s got a great turn of foot, and he’s mixed it with the best three-year-olds around.”

“He was just too good today, and he will be better again in the autumn.”

It was an excellent Victoria Derby trial for the winner, and also the second placegetter.

However trained James Cummings is considering stepping up to the Group 1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

“He’ll only have to carry 51 in the Emirates, and it keeps him at 2000m so that’s something to consider.”

If Good Standing goes down the Victoria Derby road, then you can get $11 at online bookmaker Sportsbet.

Runner-up Rocketeer is $8 third favourite for the Derby, while third placegetter Inference is the $6 ruling favourite.

The 2016 Victoria Derby will run on Saturday 29th October 2016 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

2016 Caulfield Classic Result

Of $500,000. Group 3 – Set Weights – Three-Years-Old

1. $2.90 Good Standing 57kg Blake Shinn
2. $6.00 Rocketeer 57kg Brad Rawiller
3. $6.50 Inference 57kg Dwayne Dunn
4. $51.00 Beach Life 57kg Luke Nolen
5. $16.00 Wine Bush 57kg Hugh Bowman
6. $19.00 Odeon 57kg Chris Symons
7. $17.00 Throssell 57kg Nicholas Hall
8. $14.00 Kent 57kg Craig Williams
9. $8.00 Highlad 57kg Damien Oliver
10. $31.00 Wimborne 57kg Noel Callow
11. $14.00 Waterloo Sunset 55kg Regan Bayliss
12. $151.00 Positive Carry 57kg Zac Purton
13. $151.00 Larrikin 57kg Tommy Berry

Track: Good 4 – Margins: 0.75L, 1.0L – Time: 2:04.37