2019 Thousand Guineas Field: Flit, Lyre Draw the Inside

October 8, 2019

2019 Thousand Guineas Field: Flit, Lyre Draw the Inside

Official barriers for this Saturday’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) were announced on Tuesday with Godolphin landing a strong hand of inside chances.

Race-favourite Flit drew favourably with barrier 2, while stablemate Lyre will be alongside in gate 3.

Flit failed to place in last fortnights Thousand Guineas Prelude, but stable representative Andy Makiv is confident the three-year-old can still run a strong race.

“Flit is hard to go past I’d say. Her run the other day was full of merit, as I’m sure has been widely documented,” Makiv told Racing.com.

Lyre. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Ladbrokes Blue Diamond winner Lyre is among the favourites alongside stablemate Flit in this year’s Thousand Guineas field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The market remains relatively unchanged following the barrier draw. Flit was installed as the early favourite in Thousand Guineas betting after flashing home late for second in last month’s Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, and Makiv thinks we should see plenty of the same energy from his lightly raced filly on Saturday.

“James (Cummings) prefers a lot of stored energy, she didn’t have a taxing run. She worked beautifully here this morning and she’s ready to go, so I’d say she’s deserved favourite,” Makiv went on to say.

Lyre, meanwhile, always looked headed to the Thousand Guineas field after winning the Blue Diamond Stakes back in February. The three-year-old by Lonhro hasn’t featured in the winners’ circle since but has still shown signs of improvement.

“She’s coming along really well, she’s been improving in her preparation the whole time. A slight query at the mile, so to draw a nice gate like that she won’t have to do any work,” co-trainer Sam Freedman said of Lyre on Tuesday.

“The last week she’s really been thriving, her coats nearly come to herself. She’s going well. She’s a real grand final sort of horse if you target a race with her. She’s a third and fourth up sort of horse so she should be very competitive if she sees out the mile strong.”

Also stepping up to the mile this weekend is Tenley, making up another contingent of the Godolphin stable with the blinkers on.

Tenley failed to fire in the Guineas Prelude a fortnight ago and will now step up in class to Group 1 level for the third time in her career.

“I spoke to James this morning and he’s really happy with the way she’s come through her last run. Her best run has been with the blinkers, so I expect she’ll run pretty well,” Freedman said.

Flit ($2.20) occupies the first line of Thousand Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au while Lyre ($6.00) can be found below.

Acting, who looks to become just the third horse and the first since Irish Lights in 2009 to complete the Prelude-Thousand Guineas double, can be found on the third line of betting at $10.00.

Full 2019 Thousand Guineas odds can be viewed here.

2019 Thousand Guineas Final Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 51113×427 LYRE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 3 55.5kg 101
2 1x1100x530 TENLEY James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 7 55.5kg 88
3 312×29 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 55.5kg 83
4 7111 ACTING (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Williams 6 55.5kg 92
5 3x5x1711 I AM ELOQUENT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Stephen Baster 5 55.5kg 76
6 2210×358 ST EDWARD’S CROWN Shane Fliedner Damien Thornton 10 55.5kg 71
7 11×555 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 11 55.5kg 71
8 7×122 SOUTHBANK Anthony Freedman James McDonald 4 55.5kg 75
9 41533 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Damien Oliver 1 55.5kg 74
10 0x2134 EMERALDS John Sargent Ben Melham 8 55.5kg
11 6×17 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Michael Walker 9 55.5kg 62

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