Chris Waller’s in-form Sydney visitor Foxplay is the firm favourite in the latest Thousand Guineas 2016 betting markets to get the job done in Group 1 class in Melbourne on Saturday.
One of four elite levels on the Caulfield Guineas Day card at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend, the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) is set to run as Race 7 at 3:50pm (AEDT) and features a final field of 15 three-year-old fillies.
Heading the current Thousand Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.80 to keep her unbeaten streak as a three-year-old going is Foxplay drawn in barrier five with Hugh Bowman aboard.
Waller won the race two years ago with Amicus (2014) who Bowman rode to victory, the duo back with a livewire chance in Foxwedge filly Foxplay.
She comes off back-to-back Sydney wins in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) – Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m), but now heads south after bypassing the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) last Saturday at home.
Barrier five has produced two Thousand Guineas winners in recent years – Yosei (2010) and Guleph (2013) – and Foxplay looks well positioned to salute for the punters this weekend for the first time since the latter.
Following Foxplay in the Thousand Guineas odds are just two other single-figure hopes with: Global Glamour ($5.50) and early market mover Whispering Brook ($12 into $9.50).
Star Witness filly Global Glamour is on the quick seven day back-up after handing co-trainer Gai Waterhouse her incredible ninth Flight Stakes win over the Randwick mile last Saturday.
She now looks to complete the interstate Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double last achieved by the aforementioned Guelph three years ago.
Whispering Brook had stellar form back home in Peth winning a host of Group races as a two-year-old before heading to Melbourne.
The Simon Miller-trained filly is a nicely-bred daughter of Hinchinbrook and she has had two runs leading up to her Group 1 test.
First-up she was narrowly beaten for second in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley before her seventh in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), beaten only 2.15 lengths by the winner Legless Veuve as the short-priced favourite.
Legless Veuve is paying $15 to complete the Prelude – Guineas double for fillies for the first time since Irish Lights (2009), the Stuart Webb-trained daughter of Pins jumping from barrier six with Mark Zahra in the saddle.
The other best of the double-figure fancies include the rails-drawn Harlow Gold ($11) coming off a win at the track / distance from September 17, the Robbie Laing-trained Fastnet Rock filly Missrock ($13) and the Kiwi raider La Luna Rossa ($14) coming off the Thousand Guineas Prelude second.
Check out the latest Thousand Guineas 2016 betting odds below, prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).