South Australian trainer Leon Macdonald has confirmed Group champion Go Indy Go has returned to work ahead of a 2014 spring racing preparation geared towards the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 11th.
Yet to finish worse than second over four competitive appearances on track, Go Indy Go more than stamped her claims as a serious contender in major three-year-old events through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival when displaying a keen turn of foot to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) last time out on April 26th.
Having since returned to a well-earned break in the paddock, Macdonald said he could not be happier with the condition of the Bernardini filly upon her return and is excited by the prospect of further Group 1 success this spring.
“She came back to the stables yesterday and she looks terrific and I am very happy with here,” Macdonald told Racing Ahead.
“She looks great and she has grown up.
“Not much worries her, she doesn’t turn a hair really, and she is an easy horse to train.”
Yet to confirm a path for Go Indy Go on her way to the Thousand Guineas, Macdonald said an early option in South Australia may figure ahead of the historic path taken by contending fillies in previous seasons.
“I am not sure whether she will run in Adelaide before she goes to Melbourne,” Macdonald said.
“Obviously her go is the Thousand Guineas, the Prelude before that and whether she has a run in Melbourne or Adelaide I will decide as we go.
“She is out of a very strongly bred Zabeel mare.
Unlucky to finish second in both the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m) and Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) on debut, Go Indy Go secured a ballot-free entry to the Champagne Stakes when strolling home to win the Group 3 Sires’ Produce (1400m) by nearly four lengths on April 12th.
Yet to face several of her leading rivals for the Group 1 races for three-year-old fillies, Go Indy Go is currently sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in early markets for the 2014 Thousand Guineas at a quote of $7.
Comfortably winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and finishing second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper, Earthquake is currently favourite to win the Thousand Guineas at $5.50 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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