Commanding Jewel has won the $500,000 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield Racecourse today October 17, 2012.
The three-year-old won the race by two and three quarter lengths ahead of Dear Demi, who finished second, and Zydeco, who passed the post in third.
Commanding Jewel has now won three of her five race starts and has earned more than $450,000 in prize money.
Trainer Leon Corstens was thrilled with the ride by jockey Damien Oliver.
Oliver has lost the majority of his top spring carnival rides after a betting scandal emerged earlier this week.
Corstens revealed that the accusations did not worry him in the least.
“He’s the best rider in Australia so why would I have a second thought?” exclaimed Corstens.
“He knows the filly so I would have been stupid to take him off.”
Co-owner Brad Spicer was equally thrilled with today’s 2012 Thousand Guineas win and was full of praise for the filly’s trainer.
“He does a great job with all these horses,” Spicer said.
“We’ve been watching that horse run extraordinary sectionals at home.
“I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
Oliver was elated to have ridden his fifth Thousand Guineas winner in the race.
“It was nice to draw a good gate on this filly today,” said Oliver.
“She really showed a great kick today.
“From a good draw today we were able to just settle her.”
Oliver expressed his appreciation to Corstens after the trainer opted to stick by him.
“I can’t thank Leon enough,” he said.
“He’s having a great run, he’s a great trainer.
“I’ve been through a lot worse than this and we’ll come through this alright.”
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2012 Thousand Guineas Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||8||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens||Damien Oliver||–||6||55.5kg||$10|
|2||1||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Jim Cassidy||2.75L||16||55.5kg||$11|
|3||15||ZYDECO||Anthony Freedman||Michael Rodd||2.85L||12||55.5kg||$12|
|4||2||LONGPORT||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||2.95L||10||55.5kg||$10|
|5||12||STELLA LANTE||John Hyam||Vlad Duric||3.05L||1||55.5kg||$21|
|6||10||BIG CHILL||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Hugh Bowman||4.8L||3||55.5kg||$26|
|7||11||LOVE FOR RANSOM||Greg Eurell||Glen Boss||5L||13||55.5kg||$11|
|8||3||LADY OF HARRODS||Russell Cameron||Jamie Mott||5.75L||2||55.5kg||$10|
|9||14||BALACLAVA LADY||Nigel Blackiston||Michael Walker||5.85L||8||55.5kg||$31|
|10||9||MOLTO BENE||Will Clarken||Craig Williams||5.95L||4||55.5kg||$5F|
|11||4||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||Luke Nolen||6.7L||7||55.5kg||$7|
|12||7||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||7.95L||14||55.5kg||$31|
|13||16||LA ZUMA||Michael Moroney||Luke Currie||8.7L||15||55.5kg||$81|
|14||18e||EXCITUS||Ken Keys||Darren Gauci||9.45L||11||55.5kg||$201|
|15||17e||MEDITRINA||Shane Nichols||Steven King||12.95L||5||55.5kg||$201|
|16||5||MEMBERS JOY||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||22.95L||9||55.5kg||$7.50|