No Bliss for Punters in Thousand Guineas 2011 Prelude Result

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.

Bliss Street

Bliss Street has emerged as a genuine 2011 Thousand Guineas prospect

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.

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

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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