THE THOUSAND GUINEAS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HISTORY: First run in 1946 when won by Sweet Chime who went on to win the VRC Oaks
NOTABLE WINNERS: Atlantic Jewel (2011); Miss Finland (2006); Alinghi (2004); Whisked (1990); Tristanagh (1989); Shankhill Lass (1985); Toy Show (1975); Wenona Girl (1960)
* The Thousand Guineas-Oaks double has been won by 17 fillies, most recently Miss Finland in 2006.
* 1990 winner Whisked went on to produce 13-time Group One winner Tie The Knot
* Barrier five has been the most successful draw in the recent past producing four winners – Shizu (1999), Richfield Lady (1991), Riverina Charm (1988), Yosei (2010) and Guelph (2013)
* Has been moved from midweek time slot to Caulfield Guineas day this year.
PATTERN: Favourite Go Indy Go is a backmarker with a big finish. Afleet Esprit has shown versatility, should trail the speed from rails draw. Traveston Girl led in Guineas Prelude and could inject speed from outside gate.
FANCIED RUNNERS: Go Indy Go proven at Group One level and the mile and punters fancy her chances. Blinkers go on Bring Me The Maid to help coax her back to winning form. Afleet Esprit and Lumosty progressive and in-form.
BEST OF THE OUTSIDERS: Amicus has been consistent this campaign without winning but working towards a victory and in astute stable of Chris Waller.