Chase The Rainbow got his Caulfield Guineas campaign back on track with a come from behind win in the Group Two Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy withdrew Chase The Rainbow from last Saturday’s Guineas Prelude because he believed the track was too hard.
With heavy rain in Melbourne on Friday, the Moonee Valley surface was slow and forgiving.
Sent out the $2.60 favourite, Chase The Rainbow unleashed a powerful finish from back in the field to overhaul Cute Emily ($5) and win by 1-1/4 lengths.
“I was confident he would handle the track,” Hore-Lacy said.
“It was tempting to ride him closer but I told stewards we were not going to change his pattern.
“It’s on to the Guineas and the Derby now.”
Chase The Rainbow was ridden by Dean Yendall who topped the Victorian jockeys’ table last season.
Although he rides a host of winners around the state, Yendall does not get as many opportunities in the metropolitan area as he deserves but hopes he has found the horse to change that.
“I would say he is the best horse I have sat on and I hope he takes me places,” he said.
Chase The Rainbow is the equal third favourite with Manawanui at $6.50 for the Caulfield Guineas on October 8 with Helmet heading the market at $2.80 ahead of Smart Missile ($3.40).