The final field and barrier draw has been released for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), which will run at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday October 11, 2014.
Just eleven fillies have accepted for the 2014 Thousand Guineas after the 45-strong second acceptance field was whittled down, which continues to be led by Go Indy Go.
The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained filly headlines the final field after winning the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) back in April.
Go Indy Go finished a strong third in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) her last time out, an improvement on her dead-last finish when she raced for the first time since the autumn in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m).
The filly will run from the middle with Steven Arnold to ride and remains $4.20 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Damien Oliver’s chances at sixth Thousand Guineas win got a whole lot easier after his ride Afleet Esprit drew barrier one, which means the pair will enjoy the rails run.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained filly has only failed to place in one of her six career starts and will enter the race on great form after three consecutive wins, which includes the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) and Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Afleet Esprit jumped to $5 second-favourite following the final field announcement.
Lumosty, who is a serious contender following a spectacular nine length maiden victory at Sale Racecourse last Wednesday, will start wider than many from barrier seven with 2006 winning jockey Craig Williams to ride.
The filly is available at early odds of $5.50, along with Peter Moody’s Bring Me The Maid who will jump from barrier four with Luke Nolen to ride.
The filly had a great start to her career, winning her maiden on her first start before a third placing in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Bring Me The Maid placed in all five of her first starts before coming undone in September. A midfield Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) finish was followed by a third-last in the Thousand Guineas Prelude her last time out. She didn’t jump well in the Caulfield prelude, and was still a long way back around the turn.
However money is still coming in for the filly, and has been tipped for a good run in the Thousand Guineas.
Jockey Damian Browne will have to work harder on Traveston Girl after the filly drew the widest barrier.
The Tony Gollan-trained filly seems to run better from wider gates however and just missed out on placings in the Cap D’Antibes and Thousand Guineas Prelude despite jumping from barrier two both times.
Other fillies due to line-up at the Guineas Day feature race include Mark Kavanagh’s Pickin’ Time and Lee & Shannon Hope’s Sabatini, who’ll jump from barrier two.
Check out the full 2014 Thousand Guineas final field and barrier draw below, then place an early bet on the race at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2014 Thousand Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 3 – 11/10/2014
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1313×187||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||55.5kg||98|
|2||2211×03||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Steven Arnold||6||55.5kg||100|
|3||6×12111||AFLEET ESPRIT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||1||55.5kg||92|
|4||21135||SABATINI||Lee & Shannon Hope||James McDonald||2||55.5kg||78|
|5||316×322||AMICUS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||9||55.5kg||76|
|6||23×21||LUMOSTY||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||7||55.5kg||73|
|7||611×44||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan||Damian Browne||11||55.5kg||72|
|8||67×312||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald||Nicholas Hall||5||55.5kg||70|
|9||23×426||PICKIN’ TIME||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||8||55.5kg||66|
|10||315||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings||Mark Zahra||10||55.5kg||67|
|11||324||GO JENNIO||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3||55.5kg||59|