A return clash between Sydney Autumn Carnival stars Overreach and Guelph could eventuate in the Spring after both fillies were among the 196 nominations for the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 16.
Golden Slipper winner Overreach clearly heads Gai Waterhouse’s thirteen Thousand Guineas entries while Geulph is only one of four from the Peter Snowden stable.
Overreach’s rise to the top of last season’s two year old ranks climaxed with her win the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill before finishing third to Guelph in the Group 1 $500,000 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 13.
Guelph then went on to claim her second Group 1 win two weeks later in the $400,000 Moet & Chandon 150th Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Snowden has also nominated his well-bred fillies Aspen, Metastasio and Montsegur while Golden Slipper third placegetter Sweet Idea heads the rest of Waterhouse’s nominations.
Blue Diamond winner Miracles Of Life has been nominated by trainer Daniel Clarken, but the speedy filly could be a query at the 1600m.
As usual Melbourne’s top two leading trainers Peter Moody and David Hayes have plenty of fillies nominated for the Melbourne Spring Carnival feature.
Bel Esprit filly Diamond Glow is one of Moody’s leading contenders from his fourteen entries while David Hayes has high hopes for last Saturday’s Moonee Valley winner Gregers, who is one of eleven Lindsay Park fillies nominated.
“I wouldn’t have a better one for the Thousand Guineas at the moment. I think she’s a bit special,” Hayes told the Herald Sun after the win.
“Commanding Jewel won the same race last year and went on to win the Thousand Guineas and this filly is that type of horse.”
Last year’s Thousand Guineas winning trainer Leon Corstens has nominated five in an attempt to win back to back trophies, but at the moment none are in the same class as last year’s winner Commanding Jewel.
Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings is also relying on numbers with fifteen nominations while Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller, who took all before him last season, could only find one filly to nominate, Champagne Cath.