Thousand Guineas Final Field and Barrier Draw - Unbeaten Smart Melody draws perfectly

  • The unbeaten Smart Melody draws barrier two 
  • The Darren Weir-trained duo have fared poorly
The unbeaten Smart Melody.

The undefeated Kris Lees-trained galloper Smart Melody is a warm favourite for the 2018 Thousand Guineas after drawing ideally in barrier two. 

This is the second consecutive year that the Thousand Guineas favourite has drawn barrier two, with the Godolphin runner Alizee drawing the same barrier 12 months ago. It was the Aaron Purcell-trained Aloisia that won the race from barrier one. 

Other fancied runners have also drawn well, with Smart Melody’s stablemate El Dorado Dreaming drawing barrier seven, while Thrillster has barrier eight. 

The Darren Weir-trained duo hasn’t fared well at Tuesday Mornings barrier draw. Early favourite Anjana has barrier 13, while stablemate Krone has barrier 14 for Mark Zahra.

Adelaide visitor Music Bay was a warm second favourite for the Guineas after her second behind Smart Melody in the listed Cap D’Antibes (1100m) at Flemington but finished a disappointing sixth in the Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield. She has drawn barrier five. 

The Archie Alexander-trained Mirette was uber impressive last start, winning her maiden in dominant fashion at Benalla by 4.5 lengths. She has drawn barrier 15.

2018 Thousand Guineas field:

1. EL DORADO DREAMING (7) - Kris Lees, Damian Lane, 55.5kg 
2. FIESTA (3) - Chris Waller, Michael Walker, 55.5kg 
3. SEABROOK (10) - Mick Price, Dwayne Dunn, 55.5kg 
4. THRILLSTER (8) - Leon & Troy Corstens, Noel Callow, 55.5kg 
5. SMART MELODY (2) - Kris Lees, James McDonald, 55.5kg 
6. FUNDAMENTALIST (4) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Luke Nolen, 55.5kg 
7. AMPHITRITE (16) - Darren Weir, Craig Williams, 55.5kg 
8. KRONE (14) - Darren Weir, Mark Zahra, 55.5kg
9. ARISTOCRATIC MISS (11) - Tony McEvoy, Luke Currie, 55.5kg 
10. QAFILA (1) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Regan Bayliss, 55.5kg
11. ANJANA (13) - Darren Weir, Ben Allen, 55.5kg 
12. TAHITIAN DANCER (6) - Shane Nichols, Clayton Douglas, 55.5kg 
13. PEACEFUL (12) - Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, John Allen, 55.5kg
14. MUSIC BAY (5) - Phillip Stokes, 55.5kg 
15. MIRETTE (15) - Archie Alexander, Jordan Childs, 55.5kg 
16. DUCALE (9) - Paul Perry, 55.5kg 


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