Greg Eurell’s last-start Moonee Valley winner Love For Ransom is leading the early betting markets for next month’s Thousand Guineas 2012 after second acceptances for the fillies’ classic were taken by Racing Victoria today.
The number of three-year-old fillies heading towards the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m), running at Caulfield Racecourse on Wednesday October 17, was cut from 85 first declarations to 53 second acceptors.
Narrow favourite in the early Thousand Guineas betting markets at the online bookies is Red Ransom filly Love For Ransom who has won both of her career starts to date, most recently over 1200m at Moonee Valley on September 15.
Over the years the Thousand Guineas has produced many a turf star including last year’s winning quinella of Atlantic Jewel and the Robert Smerdon-trained Mosheen.
While Atlantic Jewel’s trainer Mark Kavanagh is without an entry for the 2012 Thousand Guineas, a three-quarter sister to last year’s winner is in the mix with the Leon Corstens-trained Commanding Jewel.
The daughter of Commands has been one of the top fancies in the Thousand Guineas betting markets this year occupying the second line behind Love For Ransom pre-second acceptances.
A winner of her opening two starts Commanding Jewel was last seen coming with a short half-head of Lady Of Harrods, who is also among the Thousand Guineas second acceptances but is an unlikely final acceptor, in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude last Saturday.
Smerdon meanwhile still has his grey Hussonet filly Members Joy, winner of the Cap D’Antibes Stakes at Flemignton two back, on the path who will look to go one better in the classic than their star stablemate despite their fifth in the Prelude.
Other shorties in the Thousand Guineas 2012 odds among the second declarations include:
- Molto Bene (Will Clarken) – Royal Academy filly from Adelaide ran an eye-catching third in the Prelude last weekend, also a Group 3 winner back home having won the SA Sires’ produce by three lengths back in April
- Norzita (Bart Cummings) – Progressive daughter of Thorn Park came within a nose of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes victory over 1500m at Randwick last Saturday when just nudged out by Longport
- Dear Demi (Clarry Conners) – Furious Stakes winner with Group 1 form having run second to champion colt Pierro in the Champagne Stakes on Sydney Cup Day, last seen finshing fourth in the Tea Rose and will improve getting up in distance
- Dazzler (Peter Snowden) – Snowden’s daughter of More Than Ready has been out of form of late including her seventh in the Prelude but bookies are taking no chances based on the nice breeding
- Jade Marauder (Chris Waller) – Third in both the Furious Stakes and Tea Rose Stakes this month, looking to find form as they increase in the metres
The only notable Thousand Guineas 2012 absentee following second declarations was Nechita, John Thompson’s Silver Shadow Stakes winner last seen running sixth to Epaulette as the beaten favourite in the Golden Rose.
Patinack Farm still has four Thousand Guineas hopefuls with Affable, protest winner of the Tea Rose Stakes Longport, Real Stolle and Roll The Bones.
Check out the full 2012 Schweppes Thousand Guineas second declarations in the table below, the last round of acceptances revealing the Thousand Guineas final field to be released on October 15.
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2012 Thousand Guineas Second Declarations
Caulfield – 17/10/2012
|1||AFFABLE||John P Thompson|
|3||BALACLAVA LADY||Nigel Blackiston|
|4||BIG CHILL||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|6||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens|
|8||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners|
|11||EXTREME IMPACT||David Hayes|
|12||FIVE ROCKS||Bart Cummings|
|13||FLYING HOSTESS||Darren Weir|
|14||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan|
|17||GONDOKORO (NZ)||Pat Carey|
|18||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller|
|19||KATE (NZ)||Wayne Hillis|
|21||LA ZUMA||Michael Moroney|
|22||LADY OF HARRODS||Russell Cameron|
|23||LONGPORT||John P Thompson|
|24||LOVE FOR RANSOM||Greg Eurell|
|25||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes|
|27||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes|
|29||MEMBERS JOY||Robert Smerdon|
|30||MOLTO BENE||Will Clarken|
|31||NORZITA (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|33||PETWORTH HOUSE||Anthony Freedman|
|34||PROPER MADAM||Jason Warren|
|36||PURPLE STORM||Leon Corstens|
|37||REAL STOLLE||John P Thompson|
|38||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson|
|39||ROYAL AMATI||David Hayes|
|40||SAUV BLANC BABE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|41||SHOWMYA MISS (NZ)||Mick Price|
|42||SPITFIRE LADY||Michael Moroney|
|43||STELLA LANTE||John Hyam|
|44||SUNSET MAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|45||THUNDER RAIN||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|47||VALID CONTRACT||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|48||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|49||VILLA SPLENDIDO||Gerald Ryan|
|50||VOLUME ONE||Michael Kent|
|51||WALK WITH ATTITUDE||Darren Weir|