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.
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
|1||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|3||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||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|
|13||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||56.5kg|
|15||DESK POP||John P Thompson||56.5kg|
|16||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||56.5kg|
|17||DIVINE CALLING||Gai Waterhouse||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|
|24||ESSENTIAL ELEMENT||Greg Eurell||56.5kg|
|25||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||56.5kg|
|26||EXCITES ZELADY||Chris Bieg||56.5kg|
|28||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|29||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace||56.5kg|
|30||FORGET MAYBE||Anthony Cummings||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|
|40||I AM TITANIUM||David Hayes||56.5kg|
|43||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||56.5kg|
|44||KINGDOM OF DREAMS||Mark Kavanagh||56.5kg|
|46||LATE CHARGE||Patrick Payne||56.5kg|
|47||LE MANS||Mick Price||56.5kg|
|48||LONG JOHN||Peter Snowden||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|
|55||ONE STEP BEYOND||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|56||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||56.5kg|
|57||ORION (NZ)||Murray Baker||56.5kg|
|61||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||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|
|70||SINGLE DAYS||Jason Warren||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|
|81||WORTH A RANSOM||Mick Price||56.5kg|
|83||MY LITTLE FRIEND||Tony McEvoy||54.5kg|