Generation, Paulele emerge for Newmarket

8 February 2022 Written by VRC

Talented sprinting colts Generation and Paulele are the latest contenders to emerge for the $1.5 million Group 1 Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap (1200m) after dominant victories over the weekend.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Generation took out the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, adding to his victory in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in the spring.

Ridden by Jye McNeil, Generation sat handy in the five-horse field before racing clear, holding off the returning Zethus – a Group 3 winner, defeating potential Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap contender Home Affairs a year ago – by a length and a quarter.

No Manfred Stakes winner has ever progressed to take out the Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap, with the race serving as an important Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) lead-up instead. However, Generation could break new ground by heading to the March 12 feature.

“The Zedative Stakes is back here which we’d have to consider and the Newmarket Handicap warrants consideration as well, down in the weights, but he’d have to win another race before going to races like the Newmarket,” said Eustace.

“He’s a colt and there’s a bit of improvement there. Jye got it spot on. He let him travel deep into the straight and when he asked him to quicken, he quickened well. He’s building a good record now and he’s done very little wrong.”

In Sydney, Godolphin three-year-old Paulele confirmed his place as one of the best sprinters of his crop in taking out the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

Paulele had won the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and the Listed Rosebud (1100m) in the spring but disappointed at his last run of that campaign in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Penfolds Victoria Derby Day.

However, with his half-length victory over Listed Winning Edge Poseidon Stakes (1100m) winner Ranch Hand and Group 1 J J Atkins (1600m) hero Converge, he showed that he had returned in good order and that a top-level success may be within his grasp.

Like the Manfred Stakes, the Eskimo Prince Stakes has served as a stepping stone to races at a mile since it was moved to early February in 2014.

However, both trainer James Cummings and Godolphin Australia managing director Vin Cox have suggested that the Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap could be an enticing target for the eye-catching chestnut.

“There’s no doubt the horse is going very well and it is a matter for us now just to pick out a target and do our best to get him to win a race good enough to stand him on the roster,” Cummings said, with Cox adding: “We will see where we are going with other colts, but we will be looking at Group 1 races with him. The Newmarket could suit.”

Paulele has been introduced as a $11 chance for the Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap by TAB, while Generation is a $26 hope.

Image caption: Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Paulele may be set for the Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap.