Love For Ransom Leads 2012 Thousand Guineas Second Acceptances

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.

Love For Ransom

Love For Ransom is the current 2012 Thousand Guineas favourite for the October 17 classic

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

# Horse Trainer
1 AFFABLE John P Thompson
2 ALZORA David Hayes
3 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston
4 BIG CHILL Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
5 CATERED David Hayes
7 DAZZLER Peter Snowden
8 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners
9 DUET Bart Cummings
10 EXCITUS Ken Keys
12 FIVE ROCKS Bart Cummings
15 FOOTPRINT Peter Snowden
16 GAMES Anthony Freedman
17 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey
18 JADE MARAUDER Chris Waller
19 KATE (NZ) Wayne Hillis
20 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman
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
26 MARAATIB David Hayes
27 MAYBE DISCREET Phillip Stokes
28 MEDITRINA Shane Nichols
29 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon
30 MOLTO BENE Will Clarken
31 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings
32 PAPILLON Anthony Freedman
33 PETWORTH HOUSE Anthony Freedman
34 PROPER MADAM Jason Warren
35 PUREMINX Michael Kent
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
44 SUNSET MAGIC (NZ) Michael Moroney
45 THUNDER RAIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
46 TYANNA Robbie Griffiths
47 VALID CONTRACT David Brideoake & David Feek
48 VAQUERA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
50 VOLUME ONE Michael Kent
52 ZAZPARELLA Michael Moroney
53 ZYDECO Anthony Freedman