Stay With Me has drifted out to 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude odds of $3.70, but trainer David Hayes remains confident that the talented filly is the horse to beat in the Group 2 event at Caulfield tomorrow.
Stay With Me started her 2015 Spring Racing Carnival with a dominant victory in the APM Maiden Plate (1200m) at Pakenham on August 20 and she stamped herself as a leading Thousand Guineas contender when she stormed home late to take out the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 5.
Hayes told Racing Ahead that Stay With Me will be given the opportunity to finish over the top of her rivals again in the 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude and he is confident that the daughter of Street Cry is on the right track as she builds towards the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield in a fortnight.
“It was a brilliant win ahead towards the Guineas,” Hayes said.
“She just keeps stepping up.
“If she draw a barrier we would have her right there on the pace, but from that barrier we will just get her to relax and teach her good racing habits and be finishing strongly.”
Pasadena Girl chased Stay With Me home in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes and she is currently on the second line of Thousand Guineas betting with South Australian hopeful Miss Gunpowder.
Miss Gunpowder was quickly backed into Thousand Guineas odds of $5 after opening at $5.50, while Pasadena Girl has been on the drift from her opening quote of $4.60.
The only other horse that is available at single figure Thousand Guineas Prelude odds is undefeated filly Alaskan Rose, who has drifted from $6.50 out to $7.50.
Alaskan Rose made her racing debut with a four and a half lengths romp in the Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap (1300m) at Sandown on August 12 and she took out the Montague Tree Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29, but she faces easily the toughest test of her racing career to date in the 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude.
There has been a sprinkling of betting support in the 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude betting market with Ladbrokes for Jameka ($13 into $10) and Andrew Noblet-trained Super Cash ($15 into $11), while JJ Atkins runner-up Sagaronne ($14 out to $16), Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Reemah ($21 out to $26) and Bevan Laming-trained Payroll ($21 out to $26) have all been on the drift.