Guelph Heads 2013 Thousand Guineas First Acceptances

Early top fancy Guelph is the headline first acceptor for the Thousand Guineas 2013 with the initial round of declarations for the October 16 classic taken by Racing Victoria this week.

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The Peter Snowden-trained Guelph is the headline 2013 Thousand Guineas first acceptor. Photo: Steve Hart.

A total of 68 three-year-old fillies are still in the running for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) this year, a drop from the original 200 nominations.

Clear favourite in the [ld link text=”Thousand Guineas odds” link=”http://www.ladbrokes.com.au/racing/horses/featured/1618773-thousand-guineas-2013/”] is the Peter Snowden-trained Exceed And Excel filly Guelph.

A dual Group 1 champion already having won the ATC Sires Produce Stakes – Champagne Stakes double as a juvenile back in April, Guelph resumed racing in Sydney last weekend.

She lost few admirers heading towards the Thousand Guineas, and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) for which she was also a first acceptor for this week, when defeated a mere nose by Bound For Earth in Randwick’s Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m).

Paying $3.80 to win the Guineas Guelph is one of two hopes for Snowden who also accepted for Montsegur who was last seen running third to Thump in the Silver Shadow Stakes last month.

Guelph’s last start conqueror, Furious Stakes winner Bound For Earth was another notable entry, the John O’Shea-trained daughter of Northern Meteor at $7 in the markets.

The other short priced fancies under $10 are then Robert Smerdon’s Street Cry filly Politeness ($6) who has won her two first-up starts as a three-year-old in impressive style, the David Hayes-trained Gregers ($6.50) who finished a close fifth behind Charlie Boy in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last weekend, and Kiss A Rose ($9).

There is then just one filly who is also still in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the Saturday before the Thousand Guineas with South Australian-trained My Little Friend, Tony McEvoy’s Exceed And Excel three-year-old not having raced since May.

The most notable withdrawal from Thousand Guineas contention meanwhile was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Golden Slipper winner Overreach who won’t be bought back this season.

“Yesterday’s trial was the deciding point, and we decided to send her out for six weeks and then come back,” Waterhouse told the Herald Sun on Tuesday.

“I’ve taken my time with her because she’s been growing the whole time.

“I said to Tommy (Berry) on Monday, ‘How did she trial?’, Tommy said, ‘Really well Gai’, I asked `Can she win first-up?’, and he said, ‘I think she’s still growing’.”

Waterhouse is left with two Thousand Guineas chances then accepting for Aztec Rose and Furious Stakes fourth placegetter Shahad.

Reading like a list of potential winners, the other big name defectors include Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life who instead will target the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day, New Zealand filly Ruud Awakening, the Darley-owned Metastasio, VRC Sires’ Produce winner Twilight Royale and Waterhouse’s Silver Shadow runner-up Sweet Idea.

Thousand Guineas second acceptances will close on September 24 before the final field is announced along with the barriers on October 14 at 9:00am (AEST).

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2013 Thousand Guineas First Acceptances

Caulfield Racecourse – 16/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
2 BERNABEU John O’Shea 56.5kg
3 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
4 BLATANT John O’Shea 56.5kg
5 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys 56.5kg
6 BULL POINT Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
7 CASTLEMAINE (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 56.5kg
8 CHARLIE BOY Gerald Ryan 56.5kg
9 CHURCHILL DANCER David Hayes 56.5kg
10 CIRCUMSTANCES Mark Kavanagh 56.5kg
11 CLUSTER Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
12 COUNTRYMAN Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
13 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne 56.5kg
14 DERRYMORE David Hayes 56.5kg
15 DESK POP John P Thompson 56.5kg
16 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody 56.5kg
17 DIVINE CALLING Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
18 DRAGO Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
19 DURAN Tony Vasil 56.5kg
20 ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ) Phillip Stokes 56.5kg
21 EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg
22 EPIC SAGA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 56.5kg
23 EQUATOR Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
24 ESSENTIAL ELEMENT Greg Eurell 56.5kg
25 EUROZONE Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg
26 EXCITES ZELADY Chris Bieg 56.5kg
27 FAMECHON Michael Moroney 56.5kg
28 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes 56.5kg
29 FAST DRAGON Bruce Wallace 56.5kg
30 FORGET MAYBE Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
31 FUERZA Bjorn Baker 56.5kg
32 GLOBAL ASSAULT (NZ) Shawn Mathrick 56.5kg
33 GREAT ESTEEM David Hayes 56.5kg
34 HANDSOME TYCOON Peter G Moody 56.5kg
35 HILL SPY Robert Smerdon 56.5kg
36 HILTON CASTLE David Hayes 56.5kg
37 HONEY STEEL’S GOLD David Hayes 56.5kg
38 HOOKED John P Thompson 56.5kg
39 HYDRO Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
40 I AM TITANIUM David Hayes 56.5kg
41 ICONIC Tony McEvoy 56.5kg
42 ILGATTINO Kelvin Bourke 56.5kg
43 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood 56.5kg
44 KINGDOM OF DREAMS Mark Kavanagh 56.5kg
45 KIROV Tim Martin 56.5kg
46 LATE CHARGE Patrick Payne 56.5kg
47 LE MANS Mick Price 56.5kg
48 LONG JOHN Peter Snowden 56.5kg
49 LONGMA Mick Price 56.5kg
50 LORD DA VINCI Sam Pritchard-Gordon 56.5kg
51 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 56.5kg
52 MARWOOD (NZ) Michael Moroney 56.5kg
53 NITE ROCKER Lloyd Kennewell 56.5kg
54 OLIVIER David Hayes 56.5kg
55 ONE STEP BEYOND Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
56 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
57 ORION (NZ) Murray Baker 56.5kg
58 PITCREW Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
59 POLANSKI Robbie Laing 56.5kg
60 POMPEIUS Frankie Stockdale 56.5kg
61 PRINCE HARADA Tony Vasil 56.5kg
62 PRODANE John O’Shea 56.5kg
63 PYRROLIC Michael Kent 56.5kg
64 ROCKFORD Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
65 ROMANTIC TOUCH Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg
66 SAINTLY LAD Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg
67 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) John O’Shea 56.5kg
68 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien 56.5kg
69 SIDESTEP Peter Snowden 56.5kg
70 SINGLE DAYS Jason Warren 56.5kg
71 STREETSHAVENONAME Robbie Griffiths 56.5kg
72 SUPER FUN David Hayes 56.5kg
73 SURGE AHEAD Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
74 SURGING WAVE David Hayes 56.5kg
75 THE BOWLER Tony Vasil 56.5kg
76 THE YOWIE David Hayes 56.5kg
77 THUNDER FANTASY Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
78 TRUST IN A GUST Darren Weir 56.5kg
79 WEINHOLT Peter G Moody 56.5kg
80 WONDERBOLT Anthony Cummings 56.5kg
81 WORTH A RANSOM Mick Price 56.5kg
82 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller 56.5kg
83 MY LITTLE FRIEND Tony McEvoy 54.5kg