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Eighty five hopefuls remain ahead of the biggest three-year-old fillies’ feature of the spring following first acceptances for the 2012 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
To be held on Wednesday October 17, the prestigious Group 1 event often unearths a star and in 2011 was won by the still unbeaten Atlantic Jewel.
Attempting to follow in Atlantic Jewel’s footsteps this year is three-quarter sister Commanding Jewel who won on debut at Swan Hill last month before backing it up win a one-length win at Moonee Valley on August 25.
The major casualty from the initial 206-horse nominations list is Samaready with the Golden Slipper third placegetter to miss the entire spring with injury.
One other exciting filly who will not be starting in the Thousand Guineas is Elite Elle with connections choosing to stick to shorter races with the exciting daughter of Shamardal.
But the pair’s absence is more than taken care of by a number of quality fillies including this weekend’s Golden Rose favourite Nechita.
The Patinack-owned youngster has only had two starts to date but has been particularly impressive when scoring dominant wins in both.
As expected Gerald Ryan chose not to accept with star filly Snitzerland who will be kept to a sprinting program targeting the Coolmore Stud Stakes in November.
But Ryan still has two entries in the form of the lightly-raced Villa Splendido and Group 3 winner Flying Snitzel.
Other notable horses still among the Thousand Guineas entries are Bart Cummings-trained Norzita and Adelaide filly Molto Bene.
Thousand Guineas 2012 – First Acceptances
|1||AFFABLE||John P Thompson||1||55.5kg|
|3||BALACLAVA LADY||Nigel Blackiston||3||55.5kg|
|4||BIG CHILL||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||4||55.5kg|
|5||BLOOMINGDALE MISS||Robert Smerdon||5||55.5kg|
|6||BREAKFAST IN BED||Michael Moroney||6||55.5kg|
|8||CASINOHOLIC||John P Thompson||8||55.5kg|
|11||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens||11||55.5kg|
|13||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||13||55.5kg|
|14||DONNA CATTIVA (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||14||55.5kg|
|17||EXTREME IMPACT||David Hayes||17||55.5kg|
|18||FIVE ROCKS||Bart Cummings||18||55.5kg|
|19||FLYING HOSTESS||Darren Weir||19||55.5kg|
|20||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||20||55.5kg|
|22||FORMIDABLE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||22||55.5kg|
|24||GONDOKORO (NZ)||Pat Carey||24||55.5kg|
|25||HIGH AIMS||David Brideoake & David Feek||25||55.5kg|
|28||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller||28||55.5kg|
|29||KATE (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||29||55.5kg|
|31||KOLONGA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||31||55.5kg|
|32||LA ZUMA||Michael Moroney||32||55.5kg|
|33||LADY OF HARRODS||Russell Cameron||33||55.5kg|
|34||LONGPORT||John P Thompson||34||55.5kg|
|35||LOVE FOR RANSOM||Greg Eurell||35||55.5kg|
|36||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes||36||55.5kg|
|38||MAREEZA||Peter G Moody||38||55.5kg|
|40||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||40||55.5kg|
|43||MEMBERS JOY||Robert Smerdon||43||55.5kg|
|44||MOLTO BENE||Will Clarken||44||55.5kg|
|45||NECHITA||John P Thompson||45||55.5kg|
|46||NEXTESS||Peter G Moody||46||55.5kg|
|47||NORZITA (NZ)||Bart Cummings||47||55.5kg|
|48||NULLABAR BELLE||Ciaron Maher||48||55.5kg|
|50||PETWORTH HOUSE||Anthony Freedman||50||55.5kg|
|52||PROPER MADAM||Jason Warren||52||55.5kg|
|55||PURPLE STORM||Leon Corstens||55||55.5kg|
|56||QUEEN OF EIGHT||Pat Hyland||56||55.5kg|
|58||REAL DELIGHT (NZ)||Michael Kent||58||55.5kg|
|59||REAL STOLLE||John P Thompson||59||55.5kg|
|60||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson||60||55.5kg|
|62||ROYAL AMATI||David Hayes||62||55.5kg|
|64||SAUV BLANC BABE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||64||55.5kg|
|65||SHE’S STREETSAHEAD||John McArdle||65||55.5kg|
|66||SHOWMYA MISS (NZ)||Mick Price||66||55.5kg|
|67||SPINNING DIAMOND||Sam Kavanagh||67||55.5kg|
|68||SPITFIRE LADY||Michael Moroney||68||55.5kg|
|69||STELLA LANTE||John Hyam||69||55.5kg|
|70||SUNSET MAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||70||55.5kg|
|72||THIS IS YOUR LIFE||David Hayes||72||55.5kg|
|73||THUNDER RAIN||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||73||55.5kg|
|75||VALID CONTRACT||David Brideoake & David Feek||75||55.5kg|
|76||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||76||55.5kg|
|77||VARANASI||John P Thompson||77||55.5kg|
|78||VILLA SPLENDIDO||Gerald Ryan||78||55.5kg|
|79||VOLCANIC SKY||John Keys||79||55.5kg|
|80||VOLUME ONE||Michael Kent||80||55.5kg|
|81||WALK WITH ATTITUDE||Darren Weir||81||55.5kg|
|82||YOUNG GIRL (NZ)||Steve Richards||82||55.5kg|
|84||ZORIA (NZ)||Chris Hyland||84||55.5kg|
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