Guineas on radar for Revolving Door

If Revolving Door can win one of the feature races at Caulfield this spring, there will no doubt be some excited senior Melbourne Racing Club officials.

The ownership group in the Clinton McDonald-trained colt includes MRC chairman Mike Symons, chief executive Brodie Arnhold, treasurer Domenic Romanelli and committee member Roger Donazzan as well as other stable clients of McDonald.

Revolving Door lines up in Saturday’s Group Three McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield with connections hoping to follow a path to the Group One Caulfield Guineas in October.

McDonald rated Revolving Door’s sixth in the Vain Stakes as good as any other performance in the race given the three-year-old was forced to cover ground on the turn.

“He had the toughest run. He looked the winner and then just blew out with 100 metres to go,” McDonald said.

McDonald said Revolving Door had trained on well with more improvement to come as he got deeper into his campaign.

The colt has barrier 10 on Saturday.

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“We haven’t drawn favourably again, so we’ll be going back and letting him run home his last 400 metres of the race,” McDonald said.

Revolving Door was fourth in the Blue Diamond Prelude on debut in February before beating Seaburge at Sandown at his second start.

His juvenile campaign culminated in a third in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

McDonald said Revolving Door had always shown ability, and the colt’s performances so far suggested he could measure up this spring.

“We’re training him to be peaking hopefully on Caulfield Guineas day,” McDonald said.

“We think he’ll run a really strong mile and we’re really happy with him.

“He’s probably going to be giving a few of the other runners a bit of a head start on Saturday. It’s going to come down to tempo I suppose, how quick they go up front and whether you’re able to make up that ground.

“But he’ll be hitting the line pretty strong.”

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