Westend Smashes into Thousand Guineas 2011 Entries

Racing Victoria today closed the late entries for the signature four features of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival running at Caulfield and Moonee Valley with Robbie Griffith’s progressive filly Westend Smash the sole addition to the list of 2011 Thousand Guineas nominees.

One of the classic spring showdowns, the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) is scheduled to run at Caulfield Racecourse on Wednesday October 12 and there are now 224 three-year-old fillies vying for a spot in the capacity 16-starter plus four emergency final field.

Griffiths made the belated decision to set Westend Smash on the Thousand Guineas trail after the daughter of Gonski from Dolphin Street mare Westend Hit won a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Monday.

To date Westend Smash has had two race starts for two close second place finishes.

She debuted at Geelong in March, defeated in the final stride when coming within a nose of Rampling in a 2YO Maiden over 1100 metres.

She backed up a fortnight later, again coming close to tasting victory when beaten just a half-length this time by Star Salute in the Routley’s Handicap (1200m) at Sandown.

Yesterday in her 800 metre Cranbourne heat Westend Smash showed nice progression posting a quarter-length victory, hinting to Griffiths that there could be better things to come from her this prep.

Thousand Guineas betting markets are currently lead by the John Thompson-trained Pane In The Glass ($10) while other top fancies include Gai Waterhouse’s Group 3 winner Shared Reflections ($11) and Golden Slipper third placegetter Elite Falls ($11).

One filly further down the Thousand Guineas odds that is getting ready to return to the track is $26 chance Houston Benefactor.

Anthony Cummings’ well-bred daughter of Encosta De Lago has to date raced five times for three minor placings, but is yet to break her maiden status.

A promising first preparation from the then two-year-old who is raced by the Tulla Breeding Syndicate culminated with Houston Benefactor running an eye-catching fifth to the Peter Snowden-trained Helmet in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 23.

Cummings is preparing to saddle Houston Benefactor up for her first race as a three-year-old at Canterbury on Wednesday in the $27,000 TJ’S Champagne Bar Plate (1100m), the Sydney horseman believing she is a top chance.

“She trialled well last week and looks to have come back in good order,” Cummings said.

“Her work is up to the right standard, she looks pretty well placed in a maiden such as she’s in tomorrow and if we get what we expect out of that she’ll go onto the Princess Series.

“She was pretty unlucky not to have broken her maiden status a couple of times last preparation and she’s already stakes-placed (when third to Streama in the Listed Keith Mackay Stakes at Randwick in April), so plainly she’s got the talent to at least handle a maiden,” Cummings said.

Drawn in barrier six and due to be ridden by Glyn Schofield, resuming from a suspension, Houston Benefactor is the best-tried of the acceptors in Canterbury Race 3 tomorrow and is likely to open the favourite when Luxbet open their markets.

Following tomorrow’s run, Houston Benefactor will set upon the four-race Princess Series for her type during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, which kicks off with the $125,000 Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on August 20.

The second leg of the Princess Series is the $175,000 Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 3 followed by the $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) a fortnight later, and finally the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) sees the sequence come to a close on Epsom Handicap Day, October 1, 2011.

The plan is then to send Houston Benefactor interstate for the Thousand Guineas a week and a half after the Flight Stakes.

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2011 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Nominations

HorseTrainerHandicap Rating
A Little PrayerGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Absolute NewsAdrian Harrison0
AerobaticsJohn O'Shea0
Ain't She GrandAnthony & Edward Cummings62
Al's Magic MissDavid Payne0
AlmachinoNeville Parnham0
AmaalDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
AmalieAnthony Freedman0
AmetsisRussell & Scott Cameron0
Amo La NonnaMick Price0
AnabandanaRobert Smerdon0
And RockJohn McArdle72
AnetoMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes0
Angel of MercyGerald Ryan0
Angel's GiftJo-Anne Leeson0
Angela's DreamPat Carey0
AngelusPeter & Paul Snowden0
AnisePeter & Paul Snowden88
AnnarioWilliam Pholi0
Another SuperiorJohn P Thompson0
AppearanceGuy Walter0
Ara StarTony McEvoy0
Atlantic JewelMark Kavanagh89
Au FaitTony Noonan0
Bad RomancePeter G Moody0
BaptismAnthony Freedman0
BarebackPat Carey0
BelzargoDarryl Dodson0
BenzaitenLibby Haworth0
Bikini StarBart & James Cummings0
BirdlifeGuy Walter0
Blazing DragonBart & James Cummings0
Bliss StreetStuart Webb97
Bohemian CircusDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
Bold SariBart & James Cummings0
BonariaPat Hyland0
Bound to BlushJohn O'Shea0
BrochetteMick A Bannon0
BugabooGrahame Begg0
CalinePeter & Paul Snowden0
Call Me BiscuitStuart Gower0
Call Me CocoPaul Preusker0
CanopusShea Eden0
Cape City FlyerGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Cassandra's ChoiceBjorn Baker0
Celebrity GirlMark Kavanagh88
Champagne RoyalGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
ChampalouChris Waller0
ChiquadaCiaron Maher0
ChivvyMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes0
City of SongBjorn Baker74
Classic ElleJoseph Pride68
CliquesBrenden Mackay0
Combat KittyMatthew Smith0
CortadoGary Portelli0
Costa SerenaGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Coupe ExpressRicky Maund0
Crimson LadyMichael Moroney0
CrucialAnthony Freedman68
CrystalisedRobert Smerdon0
Cute EmilyPeter G Moody82
Cyclone StaceyGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Dame Kia KahaMathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra0
DarazaniSam Kavanagh0
Darci DancerGary Portelli0
Dare to DanceDavid Payne0
DareelGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Delightful TessShane Bottomley0
Destiny BlazeJim Mason0
DetoursPeter & Paul Snowden78
DisputesPeter & Paul Snowden82
Dowager QueenPat Cannon86
Eagle's ReachDavid Payne0
EastwardPaul Jordan0
ElfinaMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes0
Elite FallsJohn O'Shea0
Emerald DownsAnthony & Edward Cummings78
ErvbefelBill Trimble64
EuryalePeter & Paul Snowden80
EvolveMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes0
Fallen OneDavid Vandyke0
Fast And SexyChris Waller0
Fast ShantiGerald Ryan0
Flor Do MarDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
FlorentinaDavid Payne0
FloretsAnthony Freedman70
Forever the ChillAaron Purcell0
Fortune of WarDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
French AffairDarren Egan0
Friday HussyDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig61
Fume BlancMichael Lakey0
GhoomJohn P Thompson0
GioeMichael Kent60
GlidingBart & James Cummings62
GlissadePeter & Paul Snowden0
Great DameGreg Eurell0
Grecian MelodyBart & James Cummings0
Green PulsePeter Fernie0
HabaayibDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig58
Halle RocksMick Price0
Hallowell BelleGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott91
Hannah JaneAnthony & Edward Cummings0
Heaven's ChoiceGary White63
Helping HandJohn P Thompson0
HexAnthony Freedman0
HoldontoyahorsesRussell Adair0
Hot DiamondMark Minervini0
Hot HeelsDavid Payne0
Houston BenefactorDavid Vandyke70
HurriyetPeter G Moody0
IjaazaDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
IntegrateRicky Maund0
InvestHeath Conners0
IotaRick Hore-Lacy0
IrresistibleClinton McDonald0
Jessica RoseClarry Conners0
JingtaiJim Conlan0
Kenamon BellePaul Holtham0
KneelingPeter G Moody84
La Dolce DivaMark Kavanagh0
Lake LynetteGrahame Begg0
LanducTony Noonan0
LiatMick Price0
LipariPat Hyland0
MabsamDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig65
Magic PulseSue Jaensch0
MetonymyPeter G Moody78
MiraKerry Parker0
Miss FidlerAnthony & Edward Cummings0
Miss ReadyLuke Pepper0
Miss SpokenGary Portelli0
MistakenlyAnthony & Edward Cummings0
Mo VoJohn McArdle0
More BubblyJason Manning0
MosheenRobert Smerdon99
Mountain DewGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Noble TwostepRick Hore-Lacy0
Nobody But YouRussell & Scott Cameron0
North EastDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
OmniyahKris Lees0
OracleMark Kavanagh0
Our Miss JonesMichael Kent67
Pane in the GlassJohn P Thompson95
PanhandleJohn P Thompson57
Peace of HeavenJohn Kilgower0
Peninsula DaneJohn Moloney0
Penny SnatcherJohn Sadler0
PentimentoMichael Kent0
PetrushkaAnthony Freedman0
PimentoMichael Hibbs0
PinwinGary Portelli0
Plucky BellePeter G Moody0
PressroomChris Waller0
PrimalunaNoel Watson0
Princess AnnaBill Wilde0
Prussian JoyPeter White0
PyroclasticClint Marshall0
Quack ItMatthew Dale0
Quench the ThirstMark Kavanagh61
RafikiTracey Prince0
RahveelMark Young66
RamplingCraig Roberts0
Ransom MomentAlan D Smith0
Ready As ElleLeon & Troy Corstens0
Ready On TimeFred Kersley0
Reigning LassLeon & Troy Corstens0
RetsinaAnthony Freedman0
RheinfelsPeter & Paul Snowden0
Ricorda MiMichael Kent0
Rock Star BabyJacqueline Henderson0
Roma GiacondaDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig72
Rose PatternDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig66
RosiniFiona J Scott0
Ruby's EpicMatthew Dunn0
SaskiaBart & James Cummings59
Savvy PrincessJohn Luttrell0
SchifferGerald Ryan0
Secret StatusLeon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas0
Shadow WestGarry White68
Shared ReflectionsGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott0
Sharnee RoseKris Lees68
She's a SuperstarGary Portelli0
She's CherryrypeDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
ShesahusslerGary Portelli0
ShopaholicDanny O'Brien0
Shoshoni MissPatrick Payne0
ShuswapKris Lees0
Single SpiceSimon A Miller0
SkyrocketsPeter G Moody0
Song of the BellBen Currie0
Sport ChicShea Eden0
Star SalutePeter G Moody72
StardanzeMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes0
Stella GraceLloyd Kennewell0
Stellar ViniaTony McEvoy0
StreamaGuy Walter0
Suite SuccessMathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra0
Sweet BurgundyBrett Cavanough59
Sweet EllaGreg Eurell0
Swerte BellaGerald Ryan0
TavarnelleMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes0
Taylor's CommandDanny O'Brien62
ThawaabetDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig62
Tiger's GirlMichael Moroney0
TigressiveDan O'Sullivan0
TorahPeter G Moody64
Trading HaltAndrew Noblet58
Triple AssetJohn Keys0
Tully CostaDanny Curran0
Tully PlentyLee Creek0
Tumble TurnPaul Messara0
Uber RoseJason Coyle0
Under de BoardwalkDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
Urban RockerChris Waller0
VittoriaMichael Kent0
WajanaatDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0
Westend SmashPeter Stennett0
When My BabyPeter Youngberry0
Win for LaylaWayne Wilkes0
Win for NaaraJohn P Thompson0
Wombat Woo WooJohn & Chris Ledger0
You Can DanceRobbie Griffiths0
Zippa the RippaDavid & B Hayes & T Dabernig0