Talented filly Afleet Esprit will go into the 2014 Thousand Guineas as one of the favourites after she scored a comfortable win in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield this afternoon.
Jockey Damien Oliver positioned Afleet Esprit just behind the leaders in the early stages of the Thousand Guineas Prelude and she travelled into the race nicely before showing impressive acceleration to record her second straight win at Black type level.
Trainer David Hayes said that he was very pleased with the performance of Afleet Esprit and he confirmed that she would contest the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.
“Ollie looked very confident on her in the middle stages and she is a filly that I think will run a really good mile,” Hayes said.
“I know she is by Bel Esprit and sometimes they are more noted for sprinting, but she has such a relaxed demeanour and she can run such fast sectionals.
“I haven’t had a good look at the beaten brigade, but Ollie had enough class to be patient and he just waited and waited and she gave a great kick.
“We will have a couple of nice weeks in the paddock and then into the Guineas.
“She is in really good shape.”
Oliver admitted after the race that he is still unsure whether Afleet Esprit is capable of running out a strong 1600 metres, but he was full of praise for the daughter of Bel Esprit.
“She is a little ripper,” Oliver said.
“She puts herself in a good position, she has great acceleration when you want it and they keep underestimating her, but she keeps on winning.
“We are just not sure if she will get out to the mile and will have a conversation with David and see what he thinks.”
Amicus did plenty of work early, but was still able to work home well to finish second, while Go Indy Go produced an eye-catching performance in third and is set to return to the top of 2014 Thousand Guineas betting markets.
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2014 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results
|1||5||AFLEET ESPRIT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||–||1||56.5kg||$6.50|
|2||7||AMICUS||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||0.5L||6||55kg||$17|
|3||2||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||1L||8||57.5kg||$26|
|4||8||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan||Damian Browne||1.3L||2||55kg||$4|
|5||4||SABATINI||Lee & Shannon Hope||James McDonald||1.7L||7||57kg||$15|
|6||10||PICKIN’ TIME||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||2.1L||5||55kg||$13|
|7||1||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3.85L||3||57.5kg||$2.50F|
|8||9||NOVEL DANCER||Shea Eden||Craig Newitt||3.95L||4||55kg||$31|
|9||3||AIMEE||Noel Doyle||Steven Arnold||5.7L||9||57kg||$26|