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Long John Too Strong in Caulfield Guineas

Trainer Peter Snowden has captured his second Caulfield Guineas in three years, with his 3 year old Long John proving too strong in the $1 Million feature on Saturday.

Given a perfect ride from the inside barrier by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Long John was eased off the fence just before the final turn and went for home.

Stutt Stakes winner Divine Calling loomed up in the straight and looked like he would run over the top, but the favourite dug deep and kicked to win by 0.5 lengths. 

Stutts runner up Shamus Award franked the Moonee Valley form by storming home late to finish third.

Dissident got knocked around at the top of the straight but still managed to get going again, and ran on bravely into fourth.

But it was Long John who had all the glory, in what was a perfectly timed training performance by Snowden.

"It's not very often that you get what you want, but we did today", the victorious trainer said after the race.

It was the second time in three years Snowden got what he wanted on Guineas day, having trained Helmet in the 2011 event.

Snowden, who is based in Sydney, gave most of the credit to his son Paul, who handles their Melbourne stables.

"He's had this horse for 12 months and I've only seen the horse work twice in my life - that's how good a job he's done with this horse," Snowden said.

Ironically, the Caulfield Guineas is known as the race that makes stallions, yet Long John is a gelding. So without a stud career looming, connections will be hoping he continues the great form that has now seen him win 5 of 7 starts.

There has been speculation Long John may go to the Cox Plate in fortnight, but it is more likely he will head to the AAMI Vase on the same day, and look to progress into the Victoria Derby.