ear-old fillies, set weights, 1600m.
First run in 1946
Notable winners include Sweet Chime (1946), Chicquita (1949), Wenona Girl (1960), Toltrice (1972), Toy Show (1975), Savoir (1976), Rom’s Stiletto (1982), Riverina Charm (1988), Northwood Plume (1994), Dashing Eagle (1996), Miss Finland (2006) and Atlantic Jewel (2011).
* Second year it has been held on the same day as Caulfield Guineas. Previously run on Wednesday in the middle of the Caulfield Cup carnival.
* Gallica (2008), Alinghi (2004) and Special Harmony (2003) are the last three fillies to win the Edward Manifold-Thousand Guineas double.
“Everything has gone to plan the whole way through this preparation, the only thing that probably hasn’t is the barrier.” Trainer Phillip Stokes on Adelaide filly Miss Gunpowder.
“Her coat has finally started to shift which tells me she’s coming right at the right time of the year.” Trainer Peter Moody on Champagne Stakes winner Pasadena Girl.
“It just makes it a little bit easier for Kerrin (McEvoy). You’re not worried about getting in, you can be where you want to be rather than being dictated to.” Trainer Andrew Noblet after Super Cash drew barrier two in the Group One race.
Take Pride has plenty of toe and should be able to take up the pace from her favourable draw. Miss Gunpowder has been ridden positively in the past and is likely to again be forced to roll forward from the wide gate. Payroll has drawn much better this time and looks to get a cosy run behind the speed while Alaskan Rose should also race handy. Stay With Me is expected to position closer from a good barrier.
Amicus (2014) won at fourth run of campaign coming off a second in the Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Guelph (2013) was having fourth run of campaign after scoring a Flight Stakes win in Sydney.
Commanding Jewel (2012) was having fifth run of her first preparation. Ran second in Thousand Guineas Prelude and third in Edward Manifold Stakes.
Atlantic Jewel (2011) progressed from a Geelong maiden win to claim the Thousand Guineas at her fourth career start. Previous run had yielded a 1400m win at Caulfield.
Yosei (2010) was having fourth run of campaign coming off a sixth in Flight Stakes in Sydney.