On Wednesday Mark Kavanagh’s undefeated filly Atlantic Jewel is certain to jump odds-on favourite in the 2011 Thousand Guineas field, which was released this morning, after drawing ideally in barrier four.
Due to jump at 3:40pm (EDT) on Wednesday as Caulfield Race 6, the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) final field drew 12 three-year-old fillies at acceptance stage today.
Leading the charge is Atlantic Jewel, the daughter of Fastnet Rock undefeated in her three career starts to date.
Most recently she claimed an emphatic three length victory carrying 58kg in a 1400 metre handicap at Caulfield on September 24 where she overcame an awkward barrier draw.
Atlantic Jewel will be seeing the mile for the first time on Wednesday, but looks imposing in the Thousand Guineas 2011 with an advantageous barrier draw and dropping back in weights to 55.5kg.
In the pre-field Thousand Guineas odds at Luxbet Atlantic Jewel was the firm $1.70 favourite and is certain to be even shorter when the updated markets reopen shortly.
Kavanagh will also be represented in the Thousand Guineas field this year by his well-bred Starcraft fill Celebrity Girl, the Corey Brown mount also coming up trumps in barrier two.
While the hype surrounding Atlantic Jewel continues to build, Kavanagh has warned that she is still an immature racehorse and has plenty of learning to do.
“As exciting as Atlantic Jewel is, this is her first campaign and she has only raced the lower group of fillies so far, even though she has been winning easily,” he said.
He does, however, believe he has Atlantic Jewel at her peak for Wednesday and hopes she can salute for the Thousand Guineas betting punters.
“She actually put on weight between her wins at Moonee Valley and Caulfield, which was a good sign, and she’s held her weight well since the Caulfield win,” Kavanagh said.
“If there is any hint of her training off, I can’t see it.”
As for Celebrity Girl, who most recently ran third to Mosheen and Bliss Street in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 2, Kavanagh believes they will have come on from that start and is willing to forgive the run when beaten three and a half lengths.
“I’m forgiving of her last-start third to Mosheen in the Edward Manifold when she over-raced,” Kavanagh said.
“Celebrity Girl will be ridden by Corey Brown and I’m expecting her to run well and go on to the Wakeful and maybe the Oaks.”
The $300,000 Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) runs at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day followed by the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) just five days later during the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Thursday November 3.
The two fillies that beat Celebrity Girl in the Edward Manifold, winner Mosheen and runner-up Bliss Street, have also both been accepted into the 2011 Thousand Guineas field for Wednesday.
Robert Smerdon’s in-form Fastnet Rock filly Mosheen, runner-up to the mighty Sepoy in last season’s Golden Slipper, is second-favourite to Atlantic Jewel in the Luxbet Thousand Guineas markets and has suffered an early blow drawing wide in gate 10.
Bliss Street, Daniel Morton’s Perth raider who won the Thousand Guineas Prelude two starts back, had come up with barrier eight with jockey Steven Arnold maintaining his association.
The other big name Thousand Guineas acceptor this year is the Peter Moody-trained Hallowell Belle.
Yet to finish out of the money in her eight career starts to date, Hallowell Belle has been in red-hot form this season with a first-up victory at Seymour followed by four straight black-type second place finishes.
She has been beaten by a number of her Thousand Guineas rivals including Bliss Street when a close second in the Thousand Guineas Prelude, and comes off a second to Streama in the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 1.
Other notable Thousand Guineas acceptances include the John Thompson-trained Encosta De Lato filly Kneeling, recent Bill Stutt Stakes runner-up Cute Emily, Peter Snowden’s last-start Reginald Allen Handicap winner Disputes and Zabeel filly Rahveel.
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2011 Thousand Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||12X3531||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Danny Nikolic||10||55.5kg||99|
|2||2X32X12222||HALLOWELL BELLE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||9||55.5kg||91|
|3||37311X1612||BLISS STREET||Daniel Morton||Steven Arnold||8||55.5kg||97|
|4||111X0442||CUTE EMILY||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||1||55.5kg||82|
|5||33X4562X81||DISPUTES||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||11||55.5kg||82|
|6||1X143||CELEBRITY GIRL||Mark Kavanagh||Corey Brown||2||55.5kg||88|
|7||211X0886||MANHATTAN MAID||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||5||55.5kg||78|
|8||111||ATLANTIC JEWEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||4||55.5kg||89|
|9||2X17||KNEELING||John P Thompson||Craig Williams||7||55.5kg||84|
|10||35X12X14||CRUCIAL||Anthony Freedman||Steven King||12||55.5kg||68|
|11||2X223||SHARNEE ROSE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||6||55.5kg||68|
|12||7714||RAHVEEL||Leon Corstens||Damien Oliver||3||55.5kg||66|