Just 11 three-year-old fillies have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to exceptional form this time in, classy runner Lumosty has been backed into favouritism in 2014 Flight Stakes betting markets; cutting in from opening odds of $5.50 to currently register at a quote of $4.20 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Immediately stamping her claims as one to watch over two black type starts in autumn, Lumosty finished a close second to Eloping in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) on debut in January before running third in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) just two weeks later.
Finishing a close second in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) first-up this time in, the Fastnet Rock filly confirmed she is more than ready for her maiden tilt at the highest level of Australian racing when winning a minor event over 1423m by nine lengths last time out on October 1st.
Allocated the slightly wide-of-centre barrier 7, Lumosty has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Craig Williams and is more than worth consideration for a Thousand Guineas bet.
Yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success since Thousand Guineas betting markets first opened earlier this week, Group 1 winner Go Indy Go has surprisingly drifted from opening odds of $4.20 to currently register on the second line of betting at generous $5 odds.
Finishing outside the places just once in her six race career so far, Go Indy Go immediately announced her racing arrival over autumn when finishing a close second in both the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m) and Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) in March.
Breaking through for a maiden race win in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville on April 12th, the Bernardini filly earned a ballot-free position in the field for the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 26th and didn’t disappoint; charging home to win by a length.
Having overcome a disappointing run in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) first-up with a strong run for third in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) last time out, trainer Leon Macdonald is confident the addition of in-form jockey Steve Arnold to the saddle will mean the difference in success in the Thousand Guineas.
Also yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in Thousand Guineas markets, in-form filly Afleet Esprit has maintained opening odds of $5 and shares the second line of betting with Go Indy Go.
Winning all one of her five starts since returning to racing in winter, Afleet Esprit has received an ideal lead-in to her maiden Group 1 appearance this weekend and offers punters exceptional value for money at current odds.
Winning a minor over 1200m on August 23rd, the Bel Esprit filly displayed a superior turn of foot to win the Cap D’Antibes Stakes on September 13th before repeating the dose in the Thousand Guineas Prelude last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 1, Afleet Esprit will be partnered by regular and champion jockey Damien Oliver in the 2014 Thousand Guineas.
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