Fillies To Watch in 2011 Thousand Guineas

July 18th, 2011

There is still some time until the 2011 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield so we thought we would have a look at the 2010 two year olds to see who is likely to be making a name for themselves at this year’s Thousand Guineas Meeting.

It can often pay to look at who the previous seasons best performed two year old fillies were, because they normally end up in this race 12 months later.

Last year’s Thousand Guineas winner Yosei was a top performer at two and managed to win the Group One Inglis Sires Produces Stakes. In fact four of the last seven winners of the Thousand Guineas have won a group or listed race in their two year old year before going to claim the Thousand Guineas.

Here are some of the better performed two year old fillies from the 2010/11 season that could go onto big things in the Thousand Guineas.

Disputes (Peter Snowden)

This filly is still a maiden but she showed enough as a two year old to suggest that her best racing would come at three years of age. Had some good early two year old form around the likes of Elite Falls and Hallowell Bell. finished second at its first go at 1400m with a  big weight which suggest she will run out a strong mile.

Elite Falls (John O’Shea)

This chestnut filly as actually born in the US and her grandfather on her sires side is the great American horse Seattle Slew. Elite Falls was one of the favoured runners in the 2010 Golden Slipper and raced well to finish fourth. She may be a wet tracker. Her two wins have come on a Heavy track and on a dead track when the rain was falling.

Fast And Sexy (Chris Waller)

Showed solid enough two year old form, but was scratched from the Golden Slipper, which makes it hard to see how he stacks up against the other horses from her age group. Produced a great final sectional in the Champagne Stakes, which suggests that this filly will more than likely run out a strong mile.

Hallowell Belle (Peter Moody)

Only lightly raced but this filly has been impressive whenever she has stepped out on to the track. In her first start she finished second over 1000m behind Defiant Dame but was also able to beat home talented fillies such as Disputes and Eagle Falls. Finished third in the Blue Diamond Prelude before running into Sepoy in the Blue Diamond. Hallowell Belle was able to finish second in the Blue Diamond, and the way Sepoy handled all the horses in his age group, that form makes for good reading.

Pane in the Glass (John Thompson)

Super consistent filly who has not finished outside the top three in each of her seven race starts. Pane in the Glass burst onto the scene, winning her first three starts. Following those races, she ran a string of placing’s in listed and Group races. Her two most recent runs have also been her most impressive. She was never suited by the slow pace that was put on in the Inglis Sires Produce, but she rallied well to finish third. Then in the Champagne Stakes, any doubts over whether she could handle the mile were put to bed when she finished a close second behind Helmet.

Shared Reflections (Gai Waterhouse)

Raced without luck in its two year old campaign but showed enough promise to suggest that this daughter of Umatilla will be a strong miler as a three year old filly. Her best win was in the Sweet Embrace Stakes where she produced an excellent turn of foot to salute the judge. That day she defeated Karuta Queen, Pane in the Glass and Aerobatics.

Horses that race in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield normally come out of the McNeil Stakes, Flight Stakes, Edward Manifold, The Tranquil Star stakes or of course the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.