Peter Snowden’s star 3-year-old filly Guelph scored an all-the-way victory in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on Wednesday.
After jumping well, jockey Kerrin McEvoy took the daughter of Exceed And Excel straight to the front and she was never headed.
“When she began well I thought ‘stuff it, I’ll take the race by the scruff of the neck’,” McEvoy told TVN.
May’s Dream ran on strongly to claim second, with Gregers finishing third.
Snowden said Guelph’s proven strength at a mile was the reason she was ridden from in front.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted to ride her, but we thought there was no other option, we know she’s dominant at a mile, she runs it true and a lot of fillies in that race hadn’t been to a mile before,” said Snowden.
“She’s a very, very good filly, she’s got a great attitude to go with it, she’s very tradesman-like.
“When that second horse came to her, she kicked, and if anything else had come to her she’d have kicked again, she’s just got that quality that she can keep finding.
A decision will be made in coming days on whether Guelph heads to the Cox Plate, but that appears unlikely.
“It’s not my call alone it’s a team decision, I’ve made it known all along I’d like to stop with her now,” said Snowden.