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Thousand Guineas key facts and history

THOUSAND GUINEAS

1600m, $1,000,000. Three-year-old fillies, set-weights

HISTORY

* First run in 1946 when won by Sweet Chime

* Anna Rose and Heirloom dead-heated in 1963

* Group One since 1979

NOTABLE WINNERS

* Chicquita (1949), Wenona Girl (1960), Beginia Belle (1967), Toltrice (1972), Toy Show (1975), Richfield Lady (1991), Northwood Plume (1994), Alinghi (2004), Miss Finland (2006), Atlantic Jewel (2011), Guelph (2013), Stay With Me (2015), Global Glamour (2016), Aloisia (2017)

TALKING POINTS

* Six Flight Stakes winners have gone on to win, the latest Global Glamour in 2016. This year’s Flight Stakes winner Funstar has been spelled by trainer Chris Waller.

* Godolphin-owned favourite Flit ($2.30) is aiming to become the shortest-priced winner since Guelph in 2013

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING

“She’s peaking at the right time. We’ve always thought that 1600 metres would be her ideal distance. She should have won the Prelude, no doubt, and with even luck in the Thousand Guineas we expect she will win it” – Flit’s jockey Hugh Bowman

“She looked very dominant in the Prelude which gave her another run under the belt for the preparation. It’s a competitive race and she looks a good chance with any luck in running” – Acting’s rider Craig Williams

“I would’ve said Acting is the better filly six weeks ago, the other filly (I Am Eloquent) has made rapid improvement over the last month though” – Trent Busuttin on his two runners

“She is going great and I just wanted to give her that extra week after her run last start. She has got tactical speed and is not just an out-and-out staying type of filly” – trainer John Sargent on Emeralds

“Lyre has got the runs on the board. She goes well at Caulfield and she’s got an electric turn of foot. Southbank is the fresh filly on the scene. So it is probably hard to split them. They are both very talented horses” – Lyre and Southbank’s assistant trainer Sam Freedman

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