Yet to taste defeat, Smart Melody has been victorious in all five race appearances. A late season 2YO, the Smart Missile filly won on debut at 900m and followed that with an 1100m victory at Canterbury. Following a short break, she returned at 1100m at Wyong as a short priced favourite and justified the quote with a soft victory. Taken to Melbourne second-up in the Listed Cap D’Antibes, she handled the Flemington straight trip without any issue to score another easy victory. Taking on the Tranquil Star at 1400m, she was ridden on the speed and under 56.5kg was again dominant in scoring by one length. James McDonald has landed the ride with Brenton Avdulla committed in Sydney and will partner the filly for the first time. Handling the rise to the 1400m for the first time in her career with apparent ease last start, the extra furlong out to the mile doesn’t appear a concern and from barrier 2, appears to get her chance to be in a perfect position in the run. With wins on all ground and a victory already at Caulfield, there are plenty of positives.
Kris Lees was heading to the Thousand Guineas knowing he had a strong chance in the race with Smart Melody and out of the blue finds himself with a highly credentialed second runner. El Dorado Dreaming entered his barn following Racing NSW stewards suspending the licence of her trainer Ben Smith. That paved the way for Lees to take on the talented filly and he stepped her out in a Newcastle trial to prepare for a return to the track for her 3YO term when she ran a slick closing 600m sectional to defeat In Her Time. First-up in the Tranquil Star at 1400m, Damian Lane was in the saddle and carrying the top-weight of 57.5kg was closing out in good order to run a two length 3rd behind Smart Melody. A G1 winner during her 2YO term when taking out the Sires Produce over 1400m, the filly has missed a placing just once in six career starts, that miss coming in a 1000m scamper at Warwick Farm at her second career outing. Out of a Zabeel mare, she has the breeding to handle the mile and brings some X-Factor to the race.
A winner of two races in her career, Fiesta has been runner-up on six occasions and only missed a top-three finish once. That miss came in the Golden Slipper when finishing 3.3 lengths from the winner Estijaab. The Waller trained filly has raced in black-type races her entire career and will five runs into her campaign for the Thousand Guineas. Returning over 1200m in the G2 Silver Shadow at Randwick with Kerrin McEvoy up, she finished best from mid-field to claim victory by a long neck. Hugh Bowman has been in the saddle at her past three runs where she has been runner-up on each occasion. Settling at the rear in the Furious Stakes they were charging late to get within one length of Pure Elation. That was followed with a 1.5 length margin behind Miss Fabulass in the Tea Rose and then out to the mile in the Flight Stakes loomed up like she was going to take the win only for Oohood to grab the win in the final strides. This will be her first run the Melbourne way of going and Michael Walker rides for the first time.
Yet to miss a placing in six career starts, the filly has started on half of those occasions at Caulfield where she has the figures of 3: 1-1-1. The Corstens trained filly can also look to complete a unique feat on the day, with her sire Starspanglebanner having claimed the Caulfield Guineas in 2009. After a three-start 2YO term that was rounded out with a 1200m victory in a Vobis Gold Sires at The Heath over the 1200m trip, the filly was sent for a break. Resuming without a public trial in the G3 Quezette at 1100m, Noel Callow had the filly settled near the rear and there was plenty to like about how she ran through the line in finishing just under one length from the winner. Second-up into the Listed Atlantic Jewel at The Valley over 1200m, her first-up run was franked when showing a clean pair of plates to score a half-length victory. Out to the 1400m last start in the Tranquil Star, the traditional lead-in for this race, it was only the talented Smart Melody that she couldn’t reel in.
The Thousand Guineas is a 1600m event restricted to 3 Year Old Fillies held at Caulfield. Conducted under set weight conditions, the race has held Group 1 status since 1979 and has always been run over the 1600m (mile) distance.
During the period of 1988 to 2013, the race was held on a Wednesday and in 2014 was moved to the current positioning on the calendar, which is the same day as the Caulfied Guineas. There are 2 races on the Australian G1 calendar for 3YO Fillies run over 1600m at set weights, the other being the Flight Stakes which is held in Sydney in the lead-up to this race.
In 2017 the total prizemoney on offer is $500,000 with the winner to receive $300,000. First held in 1946 when won by Sweet Chime, the 2017 winner was the Aaron Purcell trained Aloisia ridden by Luke Nolen. Other past winners include Stay With Me, Atlantic Jewel, Miss Finland, Alinghi and Toy Show.
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|Date:||Saturday 13th October 2018|
|Race Time:||15:10 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO F SW|
|2018 Caulfield Guineas Odds|
|2015||Stay With Me|