Thousand Guineas 2012 – Final Field and Barriers Released

A classy field has been announced to contest the Group 1 2012 Thousand Guineas (1600m) which will take place at Caulfield on Wednesday.

Lady Of Harrods

Lady Of Harrods is one of a number of in-form horses contesting the Thousand Guineas

A full allotment of 16 horses plus two emergencies have accepted for the $500,000 three-year-old fillies’ feature, a race that has previously won by star horses such as Atlantic Jewel and Miss Finland.

There is no shortage of in-form horses in the field including Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Lady Of Harrods who has drawn favourably in barrier three.

The Russell Cameron-trained filly will be chasing a third consecutive win after also beating Kabayan to win the McNeil Stakes last month.

Also chasing a third consecutive win is Adelaide’s Maybe Discreet who backed up a dominant win in the Morphetville Guineas to take out the Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington on October 6.

There is a strong Adelaide presence in the Thousand Guineas, with Maybe Discreet joined by the Will Clarken-trained Molto Bene and John Hyam’s Stella Lante.

Molto Bene has always been considered among the top fancies for the Thousand Guineas and showed why in the Thousand Guineas Prelude when producing an eye-catching run to finish half a length from Lady Of Harrods in third.

Second in the Thousand Guineas Prelude was highly-rated filly Commanding Jewel who backed that performance up to finish third in the Edward Manifold Stakes.

Also in solid form is Members Joy who won the Cap D’Antibes Stakes early last month before a luckless fifth in the Thousand Guineas Prelude was backed up with a fast-finishing second in the Edward Manifold Stakes.

The Bart Cummings-trained Norzita may be out of the spring but there are still some decent fillies travelling down from Sydney including Clarry Conners’ Dear Demi and the Patinack-owned Longport.

Dear Demi has been consistent throughout the early part of the spring, winning the Furious Stakes and finishing fourth and third in the Tea Rose Stakes and Flight Stakes respectively.

Longport took top honours ahead of Norzita in the Tea Rose Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Flight Stakes.

Other noteable acceptances include one-time favourite Love For Ransom and last-start winner Balaclava Lady.

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Thousand Guineas 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 17212×3143 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 18 55.5kg 92
2 2×11912 LONGPORT John P Thompson Craig Newitt 12 55.5kg 92
3 4x61x011 LADY OF HARRODS Russell Cameron Jamie Mott 3 55.5kg 92
4 2×15211 MAYBE DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 9 55.5kg 91
5 1x249x0152 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 11 55.5kg 84
6 x1210x5338 JADE MARAUDER Chris Waller TBA 1 55.5kg 82
7 170×344 MAMA’S CHOICE David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 16 55.5kg 72
8 1123 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 8 55.5kg 78
9 11×53 MOLTO BENE Will Clarken Craig Williams 5 55.5kg 80
10 0x1154x83 BIG CHILL Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Hugh Bowman 4 55.5kg 74
11 1×19 LOVE FOR RANSOM Greg Eurell Glen Boss 15 55.5kg 74
12 133×228 STELLA LANTE John Hyam Vlad Duric 2 55.5kg 70
13 11×078 DAZZLER Peter Snowden James Winks 6 55.5kg 68
14 2×531 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston Michael Walker 10 55.5kg 68
15 615 ZYDECO Anthony Freedman Michael Rodd 14 55.5kg 65
16 15 LA ZUMA Michael Moroney Luke Currie 17 55.5kg 62
17e 65×33 MEDITRINA Shane Nichols Steven King 7 55.5kg 60
18e 6×622 EXCITUS Ken Keys TBA 13 55.5kg 60