The last Group 1 race of the season in Australia...
Chris Waller’s highly favoured filly Omei Sword leads the Thousand Guineas 2016 first acceptances taken by Racing Victoria (RV) this week for the October 8 showdown in Melbourne.
The first acceptances for four of the carnival’s key races closed on Tuesday afternoon including those for the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) held on Caulfield Guineas Day, October 8, 2016.
The sole filly still in the mix for both the Thousand Guineas as well as the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is Waller’s daughter of High Chaparral Omei Sword.
She won the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) first-up at Randwick and races in Sydney again on Saturday as the early favourite for Rosehill’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
Waller is keeping the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival options post-Saturday wide open for Omei Sword who is a first acceptor for both Guineas’ races as well as the weight-for-age $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) a fortnight later at Moonee Valley.
Omei Sword is clear favourite in pre-field Thousand Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.80 to hand Waller his second win in the classic after his success with Amicus (2014) two years ago.
Waller has a total of eight fillies among the Thousand Guineas first acceptances including also the in-form Sezanne, perennial placegetter Invincibella, Awoke and Foxplay.
Foxplay, now a $13 shot in Thousand Guineas betting, burst into spring contention first-up last Saturday enjoying a nearly two length win in Randwick’s Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m).
Last year’s Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me (2015) was prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, the Lindsay Park stable still in with an imposing contingent of 15 first acceptors.
Among the top chances for the defending trainers are the likes of Athena Lass, Zunbaqa and Harlow Gold.
A $17 shot in the markets, Harlow Gold was last seen winning over 1400m at Pakenham by four lengths and could go all the way to the 2016 Crown Oaks during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.
Taking on Omei Sword in the Golden Rose and occupying the second line of futures Thousand Guineas markets at $8 is the David Vandyke-trained Yankee Rose.
A winner of four of her five starts, she hasn’t been seen since backing up from a Golden Slipper second to win Sydney’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in the autumn.
Also under $10 for the Thousand Guineas win are the likes of the progressive local Henry Dwyer-trained Leotie and Perth raider Whispering Brook.
Simon Miller trains the beautifully-bred Hinchinbrook filly Whispering Brook who has won five from six to date including three Group races in Perth leading up to her second in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
The Danny O’Brien-trained Atlantic Jewel Stakes winner Merriest is also Thousand Guineas entered, at a quote of $26 for the Group 1 win.
Among the most notable omissions from the Thousand Guineas first declarations include the John O’Shea-trained Group 2 winner Calliope, Sweet Embrace runner-up from the autumn In The Vanguard, the Tasmanian-trained Hot Dipped and a sibling of Black Caviar Brigite.
The 2016 Thousand Guineas second acceptances close on September 20 making now the time to back your favourite fillies at their generous all-in prices at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Thousand Guineas First Acceptances
Caulfield Racecourse – 08/10/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Weight|
|1||1||A MIST OPPORTUNITY||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||55.5kg|
|2||–||ARAMOANA (NZ)||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||55.5kg|
|4||134||ATHENA LASS||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|5||7×62||AUDACIOUS CHOICE||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||55.5kg|
|6||11×0||AWOKE (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller||55.5kg|
|7||7513×5||BELLA SORELLASTRA||F||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||55.5kg|
|8||8×6||BLUE OCEAN||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||55.5kg|
|9||5x364x1||BRING ME THE BLING||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||55.5kg|
|10||63||CHESTER ROW||F||3||Shaun Dwyer||55.5kg|
|12||6||CLASSIC DIVA||F||3||Robbie Griffiths||55.5kg|
|13||6×4711||CLOCKWORK ORANGE||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|15||2×0||CONSCIOUS||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||55.5kg|
|16||3||CROSS STITCH (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller||55.5kg|
|17||8315x||DYNASTIC LADY||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||55.5kg|
|18||81||EXOCET||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||55.5kg|
|19||18x6x2||EXTRA OLIVES||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||55.5kg|
|20||0x321||FABVIER||F||3||John P Thompson||55.5kg|
|21||1x||FAITH’S ENCORE||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||55.5kg|
|22||1x||FIFTY WAYS||F||3||Anthony Cummings||55.5kg|
|23||65×642||FILLE CHAMPAGNE||F||3||Pat Hyland||55.5kg|
|24||0x8||FIRST CHANNEL||F||3||John P Thompson||55.5kg|
|25||0x7321x||FLYING JESS||F||3||John Moloney||55.5kg|
|27||83×954||FROMPARIS WITHLOVE||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||55.5kg|
|28||–||FUJIWHARA||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||55.5kg|
|29||8×1||GETEMHEL (NZ)||F||3||Nigel Blackiston||55.5kg|
|30||86×1||GHENWAA||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|31||1×3||GLOBAL GLAMOUR||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||55.5kg|
|32||4×2||GOGO GRACE||F||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||55.5kg|
|34||3×61||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|35||145×0||HONESTY PREVAILS||F||3||Rick Worthington||55.5kg|
|36||611×15||I AM A STAR (NZ)||F||3||Shane Nichols||55.5kg|
|37||3||IDOL||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|38||4x21x||INSPIRED ESTELLE||F||3||Mick Price||55.5kg|
|40||1×4||JENNIFER LYNN||F||3||Darren Weir||55.5kg|
|42||26x07x0||KINETIC DESIGN||F||3||Stuart Webb||55.5kg|
|43||1||KNEW IT (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||55.5kg|
|44||–||LA CHATTE||F||3||John O’Shea||55.5kg|
|45||513||LADY SKILLS||F||3||Matt Laurie||55.5kg|
|46||72x||LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ)||F||3||Stuart Webb||55.5kg|
|48||0||LILYMORN (NZ)||F||3||Michael Moroney||55.5kg|
|50||311x||LUNA ROSSA (NZ)||F||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||55.5kg|
|52||42||MIA ROSA||F||3||Michael Moroney||55.5kg|
|53||0x||MISS CAVATICA||F||3||Pat Hyland||55.5kg|
|54||1×0||MISS SALINGER||F||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||55.5kg|
|55||93||MISS STRATHALLAN||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|57||8×3||MOON DROPS||F||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||55.5kg|
|60||4x19x4||NAJMAAT||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|61||5||NAUGHTY THOUGHTS||F||3||Chris Waller||55.5kg|
|62||55x||OM NOM||F||3||Michael Kent||55.5kg|
|63||129×1||OMEI SWORD||F||3||Chris Waller||55.5kg|
|64||21×9||OREGON’S DAY||F||3||Mick Price||55.5kg|
|65||60×523||OUR BELISA||F||3||John P Thompson||55.5kg|
|67||7x1x2||PEEKING DUCK||F||3||Trent Pennuto||55.5kg|
|68||32123||PERFECTLY SAFE||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|69||–||PETITION||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||55.5kg|
|71||7507×61||PLENTY TO LIKE||F||3||Stuart Webb||55.5kg|
|72||87x||PRIMAVERA||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||55.5kg|
|73||2x421x||PROMPT RESPONSE||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||55.5kg|
|74||716x||PURRARI||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||55.5kg|
|76||26×1||ROSA CAROLINA (NZ)||F||3||Kris Lees||55.5kg|
|77||1x10x||SAMARA DANCER (NZ)||F||3||Phillip Stokes||55.5kg|
|78||0x||SAVAJU (NZ)||F||3||Shaun Dwyer||55.5kg|
|79||22||SAVVAN (NZ)||F||3||James Cummings||55.5kg|
|80||16×6||SEA LADY||F||3||Archie Alexander||55.5kg|
|81||0||SEA SPRING||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||55.5kg|
|82||669×4||SEBEAUTY||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||55.5kg|
|83||21×5||SEBRING DREAM||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|87||1x4x1||SERENELY DISCREET||F||3||Phillip Stokes||55.5kg|
|89||511×3||SKYLIGHT GLOW||F||3||James Cummings||55.5kg|
|90||29×4||SMART AMELIA||F||3||James Cummings||55.5kg|
|91||33×5||SMART AS YOU THINK||F||3||John McArdle||55.5kg|
|92||2x432x3||SMART MANOEUVRE||F||3||Phillip Stokes||55.5kg|
|93||8x||SMART STILETTO||F||3||Levi Kavanagh||55.5kg|
|94||2850x1x||SO SERENE||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|97||224x||SUMMER GLEN||F||3||Mick Price||55.5kg|
|98||10x667x13||SWEET SHERRY||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||55.5kg|
|99||1108×250||SWORD OF LIGHT||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||55.5kg|
|100||132x||SYLPHEED||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||55.5kg|
|101||4317||THE HOUSEMAID||F||3||Archie Alexander||55.5kg|
|102||31||TIAMO GRACE||F||3||Darren Weir||55.5kg|
|103||60x4116x2||TRIS||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|104||4||VON RICHTER||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|105||3||WATERLOO SUNSET||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|106||1x1111x2||WHISPERING BROOK||F||3||Simon A Miller||55.5kg|
|108||616842×64||WITH A BIT OF DASH||F||3||Chris Bieg||55.5kg|
|109||11x21x||YANKEE ROSE||F||3||David Vandyke||55.5kg|
|110||19310×40||ZAMZAM||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
|111||91111x||ZUNBAQA||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55.5kg|
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