Bull Point new Australian Guineas favourite

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Bull Point has commenced his latest campaign ideally by taking out the Group 3 Manfred Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Bull Point showed plenty of promise during a maiden campaign which culminated with a minor placing in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

The son of Fastnet Rock at Caulfield on Saturday hit the ground running in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m).

Nicely into stride, Bull Point was able to sit fourth as outsiders Worth A Ransom and Hard Stride led the field around.

Jockey Damien Oliver allowed Bull Point to edge closer turning for home and upon straightening was looming large.

The pair strode up to Worth A Ransom inside the final furlong and soon after drew clear for a 1.3 length win.

Worth A Ransom held off The Quarterback who worked home well into third with Fast ‘n’ Rocking fourth.

Already a Group 1 placegetter, Bull Point is now a Group winner after claiming the Manfred Stakes (1200m).

The performance showed Bull Point is well on track for his main goal of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

An updated market for the event now has Bull Point as $6 favourite for the Australian Guineas ahead of Cox Plate winner Shamus Award Horseform and Victoria Derby winner Polanski Horseform.

“He is a quality colt,” Stable Representative Peter Barnett said.

“If he is focused he has got enormous talent. We saw in the Golden Rose what he is capable of.”

Gai Waterhouse has a small but strong team assembled in Melbourne at present and earlier in the day at Caulfield her promising two-year-old filly Nayeli Horseform took out the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (1100m).

Just over an hour later, Racing’s First Lady continued her strong association with jockey Damien Oliver who of course partnered Fiorente to victory in the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

Oliver was familiar with both Bull Point and key rival Prince Harada heading into Saturday’s Manfred Stakes (1200m).

“I worked him a couple of weeks ago in consecutive days with Prince Harada and they were hard to split,” Oliver said.

“They are both good colts.

“This bloke though really pleased me though working with the blinkers on.

“He put himself in a good position today and showed some nice acceleration.

“He sat on a good speed today and gave a great kick.”