A total of 84 three-year-old fillies have been confirmed in first acceptances for the 2014 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), to be held at Caulfield Racecourse on October 11th.
Without doubt the standout performer of the 2014 Autumn two-year-old season, trainer John O’Shea has confirmed talented filly Earthquake in first acceptances for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.
More than stamping her claims as one to watch when cruising home to win her maiden race start by close to three lengths in November, Earthquake returned to the track in scintillating form this year; winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) by three lengths before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing when overcoming a wide and awkward barrier to take out the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd.
Continuing her exceptional run of form through the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 22nd, the Exceed And Excel filly has showed a distinct disdain for rain-soaked courses in her two most recent starts; finishing second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th and a disappointing third in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) first-up on September 6th.
Also included in first acceptances for the 2014 Thousand Guineas is fellow Group 1 winner Peggy Jean.
Finishing a fighting second in the ATC Membership On Sale Maiden (1000m) on debut on January 8th, Peggy Jean quickly built to the task of a black type racer in winning the Inglis Classic (1200m) ahead of a talented field just ten days later before running on to finish second to subsequent Golden Slipper third Bring Me The Maid in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 29th.
Checked early and blocked for a run mid-way through the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Peggy Jean delivered an exceptional turn of foot to break through for a maiden at the highest level on April 12th; returning to the paddock after finishing fifth in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) behind fellow Thousand Guineas first acceptor Go Indy Go.
Outlining the Thousand Guineas as the Myboycharlie filly’s major target this time in, trainer Gerald Ryan revealed he was pleased with the three-year-old’s first-up performance in the Furious Stakes last weekend.
Yet to finish worse than second in four competitive starts, Go Indy Go quickly rose to the task over her maiden racing preparation; overcoming poor running position to finish second in the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m) on debut on March 10th.
Unlucky to finish second behind Team Hawkes-runner London Lolly in the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at her local Morphettville course in South Australia on March 29th, the Bernardini filly charged home to secure a commanding three length win in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
Clear favourite for this weekend’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens, Bring Me The Maid was arguably the most talented two-year-old through autumn that did not secure a Group 1 victory.
Owned by the syndicate of Wylie Dalziel and the late, great Roy Higgins, Bring Me The Maid immediately impressive when winning the Listed Sports 1000 (1000m) on debut on March 1st.
Continuing her impressive run of form with a win in the Magic Night Stakes and third place in the Golden Slipper, the Sebring filly has returned to racing in exceptional form this season in winning the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) with ease on August 23rd.
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2014 Thousand Guineas First Acceptances
|1||A LOTTA LOVE||Sam Pritchard-Gordon|
|3||AFLEET ESPRIT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|4||AIMEE||Noel J Doyle|
|10||AZKADELLIA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher|
|11||BALLET SUITE||Mark Kavanagh|
|12||BETSY||Peter G Moody|
|13||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody|
|14||CAILIN MISS||Mick Price|
|17||CATHY’S MARK||Nigel Blackiston|
|18||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey|
|19||CHOPHOUSE TEARS||David Vandyke|
|21||CRISTALINA LAGO||Pat Carey|
|22||DEANNA JEAN||Shane Oxlade|
|24||DHAHAB||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|30||FANTASY EIGHT||Wendy Kelly|
|31||FEELS LIKE HOME||Danny O’Brien|
|32||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson|
|33||FONTEIN RUBY||Robert Smerdon|
|36||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|37||GO JENNIO||Darren Weir|
|39||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings|
|40||HOSTILE WITNESS||Anthony Cummings|
|41||I’M A FLYING STAR||Mark Riley|
|43||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|44||LASHKAAL||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|45||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|46||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|48||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings|
|50||MY MICHELLE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|51||NAKATAAN (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|52||NOT A HAPPY CAMPER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|53||NOVEL DANCER||Shea Eden|
|54||OKAHU BAY||Phillip Stokes|
|55||PEGGY JEAN||Gerald Ryan|
|56||PICKIN’ TIME||Mark Kavanagh|
|57||POUTING||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|58||REANN’S DIAMOND||Darren Weir|
|59||RIGHTEOUS REIGN||Jim Conlan|
|60||ROYAL OCEAN||Mick Price|
|61||ROYAL TRIESTE||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|62||SAGAPUSS||Peter G Moody|
|63||SHACARDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|64||SHOW US YOUR TATTS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John McArdle|
|65||SILENT INTEREST||Wendy Kelly|
|67||SISTINE STAR||Andrew Noblet|
|68||SOLID BULLET||John Hyam|
|69||SOUND ADVICE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|70||STRAITINTUIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|71||SULTRY FEELING||Bart & James Cummings|
|72||SUNSET ROCK||Lloyd Kennewell|
|73||TAHNI DANCER||Clinton McDonald|
|74||TAWTEEN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|75||TEARS OF JOY||Mark Kavanagh|
|76||TENDER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|77||THINKING OF YOU (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|78||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan|
|79||UNFURL (NZ)||Darren Weir|
|81||VIA CAVOUR||Mark Webb|