Schweppes Thousand Guineas Day 2013 Results

Guelph Thousand Guineas 2013

Guelph Wins The Thousand Guineas 2013

A piece of history was rewritten on Wednesday, as Guelph became the shortest favourite in 30 years to claim the Thousand Guineas. The ever-impressive and fast-improving filly dominated the race from start to finish, claiming the $500,000 Group 1 mile race, ahead of May’s Dream and Gregers.

Kerrin McEvoy rode the Peter Snowden-trained horse to victory comfortably from $1.40, shorter odds than previous champions Alinghi in 2004 and Atlantic Jewel in 2011, who both rode out to easy wins from $1.70.

Snowden himself wrote his name into the history books, joining Bart Cummings in achieving the Caulfield-Thousand Guineas double after Long John was victorious in the Caulfield Guineas last Saturday.

Snowden stated after the race that the plan to lead from the front was one forced upon them:

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to ride her but there was just no other option. I left it to Kerrin to ride her how he felt she was going. We know that she’s dominant at a mile and she runs it true whereas there were a number of fillies in that race that hadn’t been to a mile before so we made it our own.”

“She is a very good filly and she’s got a great attitude to go with it because she’s very tradesman-like and when that second horse (May’s Dream) came to her she kicked and if anything else had have come to her she would’ve kicked again because she’s just got quality to keep finding.”

Snowden did not add whether Guelph might be making another appearance this spring, or if a Cox Plate showing is on the cards, indicating that a decision would be made upon consultation with owner Sheikh Mohammed.

The man with the best seat in the house on Wednesday was McEvoy, who took the opportunity to ride the filly with both hands, and delivered after a strong start:

“I had a few different scenarios in my head and the amount of times it changed behind the barriers was trivial but when she began well I thought I’d take the race by the scruff of the neck.”

In the other feature race of the day, Complicate led the way from Academus and Cascabel in the Heading Out Hair & Beauty Stakes. The BMW Handicap was claimed by Mujadale, as Zonza ran away with the Snowhite Maintenance Classic ahead of Bonaria and Two Sugars.


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