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Lindsay Park’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy is one of the headline 2017 Thousand Guineas first acceptors, the latest round of declarations for the Group 1 feature closing this week.
Racing Victoria took first acceptances for the Cox Plate, Caulfield Guineas and Group 1 $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on Tuesday with entries for the latter featuring 91 three-year-old fillies.
Contested as the key support act on Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day on October 14, the Thousand Guineas is shaping up as an open affair without an early standout in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Currently sharing the top line of futures Thousand Guineas odds post-first acceptances are Catchy and Shoals at $8.
The David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Catchy also still holds a 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas nomination to take on the boys instead.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock is best known for her Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) win in Melbourne during the autumn.
She failed to fire when dead last (16th) in the mud behind She Will Reign in Sydney’s Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) after that, but was beaten by the wet track.
First-up Catchy finished a credible second in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) back at Caulfield Racecourse and she is a chance to race again this weekend at Flemington in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) down the straight.
Co-trainer David Hayes has prepared three previous Thousand Guineas winners including Stay With Me (2015).
This year the stable have 12 remaining hopefuls including also recent winner of the Silver Shadow – Furious Stakes double Formality and Golden Slipper third placegetter Tulip who face off in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes in Sydney this weekend.
Shoals is also by gun sire Fastnet Rock, the Anthony Freedman-trained filly undefeated at Thousand Guineas first acceptance stage having won all four of her career starts.
She has winning form over Formality, who she defeated narrowly at Randwick in the autumn’s Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m), and also won first-up at Moonee Valley on September 9 saluting in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m).
The only other three-year-old currently under $10 in the latest Thousand Guineas 2017 betting odds is Booker ($9) prepared by Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra.
A nicely-bred Written Tycoon filly, Booker is a dual Group placegetter and has held her own against the boys.
Last start on September 2 she faced off against one of the early Caulfield Guineas favourites Merchant Navy and was only a neck off the undefeated Ciaron Maher-trained colt in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).
Last year Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained their first Thousand Guineas winner, Global Glamour (2016), and the duo are back in 2017 with five first acceptors led by Sebring filly Pandemonium.
Pandemonium has enjoyed back-to-back wins in Sydney this time in, including over the mile at Warwick Farm on August 23, and is also earmarked for a Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) run at Randwick on September 30.
Check out the full Thousand Guineas 2017 first acceptances below, with updated markets now available at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Thousand Guineas First Acceptances
Caulfield Racecourse – 14/10/2017
|2||52x12x||ALOISIA (NZ)||F||3||Ciaron Maher|
|3||3721x||ANCHOR BID||F||3||Darren Weir|
|4||161||ANGELIC SPIRIT (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|7||12×2||BOOKER||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|8||4x34x||BOOROOJ||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|9||89||BRALCA’S GEM||F||3||Pat Carey|
|10||51||BRIGHT IDEA||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings|
|11||432||BRING ME ROSES||F||3||Tony McEvoy|
|12||465×6||CARIBBEAN PEARL||F||3||Mark Young|
|13||11110×2||CATCHY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|15||1x1x32||CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES||F||3||Bjorn Baker|
|16||3×327||CHATEAU GRIFFO||F||3||Robbie Griffiths|
|17||3×2||CIRCULEIGHT||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|18||8||COOK STRAIGHT (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller|
|19||741||CORAL COAST||F||3||Stuart Webb|
|21||2231x||ENVY OF ALL||F||3||Kris Lees|
|22||342x||FAITH IN HAND||F||3||Chris Waller|
|23||11302×11||FORMALITY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|24||22x12x5||GARRARD||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|25||60×1||GLAM GURU||F||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|26||3||HAPUKA (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|27||1×7||HIGH LOW BET||F||3||Chris Waller|
|28||42x31x97||I’LL HAVE A BIT||F||3||John McArdle|
|31||52213×6||JOYFILLY OURS (NZ)||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|32||317×15||JUSTICE GLORY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|34||36x57130x2||LEGAL GIRL||F||3||Clarry Conners|
|36||8×27||LONGMU||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|37||32x47x||LUCKY LOUIE||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings|
|38||131320×24||MADEENATY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|39||36x||MAHEERA (NZ)||F||3||Darren Weir|
|40||7×146||MAHLANI (NZ)||F||3||Andrew Noblet|
|42||3311482x||MARSEILLE EN FLEUR||F||3||Stuart Kendrick|
|43||2x2348x5||MEMENTO||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings|
|46||4×2||OKLAHOMA DAYS||F||3||Mick Price|
|47||235||ONCE UPON A DREAM||F||3||Matt Cumani|
|48||15195×4||ONE MORE HONEY||F||3||John P Thompson|
|49||21||OUR CROWN MISTRESS||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|50||7x49x||OUTBOARD MOTORS||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|51||359×411||PANDEMONIUM||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|52||92||PINOT||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|53||78×57||PLAY THAT SONG||F||3||Michael Moroney|
|54||13×30||PLOVERSET||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|55||6||PRINCESS MIA||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|56||1x316x9||PURE SCOT||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|59||22×22||RIMRAAM (NZ)||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|60||–||ROCK’N’ROLL MUSIC||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings|
|62||6x821x0||ROYAL DISGUISE||F||3||Mick Price|
|63||13×14||SANADAAT||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|64||51x||SEAGLASS||F||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|65||1x136x55||SEANNIE||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|66||6x||SHADEA LADY||F||3||Shane Nichols|
|67||143||SHE’S SO HIGH||F||3||Mick Price|
|69||15x||SIA||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|70||674×34||SMOOTH LANDING||F||3||John P Thompson|
|71||9x1x||SMUG SATISFACTION||F||3||Henry Dwyer|
|72||034111x||SNAPCHAT GIRL||F||3||Les Kelly|
|74||33x116x4||SPLIT LIP||F||3||Will Clarken|
|75||4||ST GALLEN (NZ)||F||3||Ciaron Maher|
|76||44x||STUDIO CITY||F||3||Matt Cumani|
|77||324×621||SWEET DEAL||F||3||John P Thompson|
|78||7||SWEET MISCHIEF||F||3||Tony McEvoy|
|79||21||SWORN EVIDENCE||F||3||Darren Weir|
|80||1||TIGEEN (NZ)||F||3||Matt Cumani|
|81||32×13||TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ)||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|82||124135×2||TULIP||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|83||221×75||UNDOUBTABLE MISS||F||3||Robbie Griffiths|
|84||7x||UNION DUES (NZ)||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|85||33×82||UPTOWN GAL||F||3||Robbie Laing|
|87||011x||WANTED DIVA||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|89||3x4113x7||WHISPERED SECRET||F||3||Kris Lees|
|90||43||WILD ABOUT HER||F||3||Chris Waller|
|91||1x||YULONG XINGSHENG||F||3||Kris Lees|
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