Punters were understandably shattered by the controversial dead-heat finish in the $125,000 Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, the Daniel Morton-trained roughie Bliss Street found to be the sole winner after the highly-fancied Celebrity Girl was regulated to fourth upon protest.
In a blanket finish that saw a mere head separate the first four in the Thousand Guineas Prelude 2011, Bliss Street ($21) and the Mark Kavanagh-trained Celebrity Girl ($4.60) were originally announced dual winners in a dead heat.
However after a protest by Mosheen ($5) and jockey Danny Nikolic, who were fourth past the post, against Celebrity Girl and her hoop Michael Rodd for interference over the closing stages of the race was upheld, the previously undefeated Celebrity Girl was demoted to fourth place.
Race favourite, the Peter Moody-trained Hallowell Belle ($2.70) lost few admirers in finishing a nose away second, promoted from third and caught up throughout, while Mosheen was eventually awarded third.
2011 Thousand Guineas Odds
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.
Celebrity Girl’s jockey Rodd, who went on to take out the $350,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) next race with last year’s Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer, was later suspended for his Thousand Guineas Prelude ride.
Rodd pled not guilty to the charges but was suspended for eight Caulfield meetings and as such will miss this weekend’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
While the punters were displeased with the result, Ascot-based trainer Morton was thrilled his Flying Spur filly Bliss Street came out of her Caulfield debut with a Group 3 win and didn’t have to share the $75,000 first prize.
“I thought we’d run second all the way up the straight and it was a really good effort to come from last,” Morton said.
With such a close finish and no filly dominating the prelude, Luxbet markets on the upcoming $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12 remain an open affair.
Prelude winner Bliss Street is now rated an $11 chance at Luxbet in markets lead by Celebrity Girl’s stablemate Atlantic Jewel ($5).
If Bliss Street continues on to take out the Thousand Guineas in another boil-over, she will become the second filly in two years to win the Thousand Prelude – Thousand Guineas double following Irish Lights in 2009.
Saturday’s runner-up Hallowell Belle, who came off an eye-catching second to Sepoy in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), is the narrow $6 Thousand Guineas betting second-elect.
Next in the odds are Mosheen ($7), Celebrity Girl ($7.50) and Pane In The Glass ($10) who ran second in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
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2011 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude Finishing Order
|1||1||BLISS STREET||Daniel Morton||Steven Arnold||–||9||57.5kg||$21|
|2||8||HALLOWELL BELLE||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||0.1L||4||55kg||$2.70F|
|3||7||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Danny Nikolic||0.2L||7||55kg||$5|
|4||4||CELEBRITY GIRL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||0.3L||2||56.5kg||$4.60|
|5||10||DETOURS||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||2.3L||11||55kg||$12|
|6||6||EMERALD DOWNS||Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||2.4L||10||56kg||$21|
|7||15e||CLASSIC ELLE||Tony Vasil||Damien Oliver||2.5L||3||55kg||$11|
|8||3||MANHATTAN MAID||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||3.75L||1||56.5kg||$41|
|9||9||METONYMY||Peter G Moody||Michael Walker||3.95L||6||55kg||$12|
|10||14||PENINSULA DANE||Matthew Hyland||Chris Symons||8.2L||5||55kg||$101|
|11||11||JESSICA ROSE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||10.45L||13||55kg||$51|
|12||2||TRIPLE ASSET||John Keys||Ms Lisa Cropp||18.45L||12||57kg||$101|
|13||18e||IJAAZA||David Hayes||James Winks||20.95L||8||55kg||$41|
|–||17e||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||KNEELING||John P Thompson||James McDonald (a)||–||0||–||–|
|–||16e||GLIDING||Bart Cummings||Nicholas Hall||–||0||–||–|
|–||13||CRUCIAL||Anthony Freedman||Steven King||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||OFFER||Heath Conners||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|