Dwayne Dunn aboard The Astrologist (Image: Racing Photos)
With two Caulfield Guineas wins to his name over the past five years, jockey Dwayne Dunn knows what type of horse it takes to win the coveted three-year-old Classic during the Melbourne spring.
One galloper who has forced himself into Guineas contention with back-to-back wins is The Astrologist.
Dunn has been aboard the son of Zoustar in both victories and will again partner the Tony McEvoy-trained gelding this Saturday at Flemington as he steps out to 1400 metres for the first time.
"To me he feels like a miler so hopefully he can get towards a Guineas campaign maybe later on in his life," said Dunn.
"He has done a good job, he showed a fair bit of form early in his life, he played up his first start, he was a colt then, he has been gelded and come back a much better horse."
The Astrologist returned in fine style following a gelding operation, winning a maiden first-up at Cranbourne before an all-the-way win at Caulfield last start.
"He has put two together now, it was a tough win at Cranbourne and then he has come out and took the lead at Caulfield the other day and got the job done nicely," Dunn added.
"The form around him has really stood up (out of his Caulfield win) and he is progressing well.
"He's a big, strong horse so 59kg shouldn't be an issue, he is taking the right steps forwards."
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The Astrologist is facing a tough task after drawing barrier 15 in the 16-horse field but knowing the Flemington track and having assessed his rivals, Dunn believes he can overcome the wide gate.
"He has drawn off the track a bit, but he is a go-forward horse that will give us an opportunity to slide under our own terms," he said.
"He is not just a leader, I think he is a better horse if he can sit third or fourth, so he can take up the lead or take a sit, it just depends on what is delivered to me on the day.
"I would suggest it's probably an easier task than it will be later in the season, just the fact most of the horses in the race will be question mark whether they will run the 1400m, we know he will, he is fit, he is third-up and he had a solid trial before he went to the races."