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This weekend connections of Group 1 winning filly Go Indy Go will use her run in the Thousand Guineas to assess her chances of backing up in a fortnight in weight-for-age company with a Cox Plate 2014 run.
Prepared in Adelaide by Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas the three-year-old daughter of Bernardini is one of 11 fillies making up the field for Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Drawn in gate six with Steven Arnold to ride, she faces a star studded field including Robert Smerdon’s last tart Sale winner Lumosty ($4.20) and the rails-drawn Afleet Esprit ($5) coming off a Group 2 win at the track.
Go Indy Go is also rated a $5 chance in Thousand Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and was last seen running third to Afleet Esprit in the Thousand Guineas Prelude on September 28.
That was a huge improvement on her disappointing first-up run when dead last walking home 26 lengths behind the winner Rich Enuff, favourite for Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas, in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington 15 days earlier.
“I’m comfortable going in, I’ll tell you that,” co-trainer Macdonald told Racing Network on Thursday.
She’s already been tested over the mile too having defeated Zululand by a length in a powerful finish in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the autumn.
If all goes well on Saturday, Go Indy Go could be stepped up in distance and class for a shot at the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 25 according to Macdonald.
“If she came out and blew them away on Saturday we could go to the Cox Plate – she’s still in it,” he said.
Three-year-olds have a strong recent record in the Cox Plate with three wins in the past decade including Shamus Award last year.
The only filly to win the Cox Plate however was Surround back in 1976.
Odds on Go Indy Go to be the next then are generous at Ladbrokes.com.au where she pays $34 in the latest markets open on the 41 third acceptors.
If not the Cox Plate then Macdonald said another possible post-Thousand Guineas option for the Group 1 winner was the $300,000 Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 1, into the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) five days later during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“Nothing is set in stone, we’ll let her tell us which path to take,” he said.
Along with the obvious dangers Lumosty and Afleet Esprit, Macdonald also named Sabatini as a filly to watch in the Thousand Guineas on Saturday.
A $21 outsider in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets, the Lee & Shannon Hope-trained daughter of Street Cry comes off a fifth in the Prelude when beaten only 1.7 lengths.
She’s already a two time winner including over Royal Snitzel at the track in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) back on August 16 and if she handles the mile could be a genuine threat at juicy odds.
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