A classy field of just 11 three-year-old fillies have been confirmed to contest this weekend’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in slick form this time in, Lumosty has been backed in favouritism in Thousand Guineas betting markets and is currently available at a quote of $4.20 ahead of Go Indy Go and Afleet Esprit; currently sharing the second line of betting at generous $5 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Lumosty justifying favouritism and win the 2014 Thousand Guineas, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Bring Me The Maid ($6.50)
Without doubt offering punters the best value for money in Thousand Guineas betting markets, Bring Me The Maid was unlucky to be completely blocked for a run in the final straight of the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) but is likely to react favourably to the step-up in distance this weekend. Failing to finish outside the places in four starts through her maiden preparation in autumn, the Sebring filly charged home to win the Listed Sports 1000 (1000m) on debut, and while finishing a luckless third when blocked for a run in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m), responded in the best way possible in winning the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 29th; returning to the paddock after finishing third in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) just one week later. Allocated the ideal barrier 4 and confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Luke Nolen, Bring Me The Maid is more than worth consideration for a Thousand Guineas bet.
Go Indy Go ($5)
Finishing outside the places just once in his six race career so far, Go Indy Go appears primed for a successful performance over her pet distance of a mile in the 2014 Thousand Guineas. Finishing second in both the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m) and Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) on debut, the Bernardini filly broke through for a maiden race win in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce Open (1400m) on April 12th before displaying a superior turn of foot on Randwick’s final straight to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 26th. Running third in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) last time out, punters may find value in adding Go Indy Go as a selection in a Thousand Guineas quinella or trifecta bet at current odds.
Traveston Girl ($13)
Worth consideration for a bet at generous $13 odds to win the 2014 Thousand Guineas or $3.80 to run a place, likely leader Traveston Girl has displayed an ability to compete in black type events since arriving in Victoria for the Spring Racing Carnival. Winning two minor events over 1200m in her native Queensland in June and July, the Flying Spur filly finished fourth in both the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) and Thousand Guineas Prelude most recently but may have difficulty in completely overcoming the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 11 in the 2014 Thousand Guineas.
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