Adelaide training duo of veteran Leon Macdonald and his son-in-law Andrew Gluyas have welcomed back into work their Group 1 winning filly Go Indy Go who is being geared towards more elite level success in the Thousand Guineas 2014 this spring.
The talented daughter of Bernardini had a stellar opening campaign that culminated with a commanding victory in the $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 26.
The two-year-old grey debuted at home at Morphettville in a Listed 1050m sprint running second to Sunset Rock.
She ran again in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) two and a half weeks later for another second before breaking her maiden status in the Group 3 Adelaide Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12.
From there she went on to defeat Caulfield Guineas-bound Zululand in the Champagne Stakes and take her earnings up over $350,000.
Sent for a freshen-up after her successful Sydney raid, Hall of Famer Macdonald is excited to have the star youngster back in their Morphettville stables after the seven week absence.
“She came back to the stables yesterday and she looks terrific, I’m very happy with her,” Macdonald, 72, told RSN’s Racing Ahead on Wednesday morning.
Even better is she’s come back stronger and more mature, ready for her big spring preparation targeting the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on October 11.
“She looks great, she’s really grown up,” he said.
“Not much worries her; she doesn’t turn a hair really, she’s a typical easy horse to train.
“Obviously her go is the Thousand Guineas, with the [Group 2 Thousand Guineas[ Prelude before that.
“Whether she has a run in Melbourne or Adelaide before that, I’ll decide as we go on.”
All going well and if Go Indy Go performs the way Macdonald expects she will then they’ll continue on and stretch her out further for the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on November 6.
“I think she could [be an Oaks prospect],” he said.
“She’s out of a very strongly bred Zabeel mare.
Even though her brother [Essay Raider] doesn’t seem to run a trip, I think she will; she’s a different type of horse.”
Thousand Guineas odds are already out pre-nomination at Ladbrokes.com.au with Darley’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Earthquake the current $5.50 favourite.
She’s followed in those futures Thousand Guineas betting markets then by Go Indy Go paying $7.
Go Indy Go sits just ahead of Peter Moody’s Golden Slipper third placegetter Bring Me The Maid ($8) and the Gerald Ryan-trained ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Peggy Jean ($9), fifth in the Champagne Stakes, who are the other single figure fancies at this early stage of betting.
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