Starcraft filly favoured for NZ 1000 Guineas

The G1 $300,000 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas has attracted a stellar line up at Riccarton on Saturday.  Pins filly Katie Lee (Pins) created history last year when she backed up to win the 1000 Guineas after beating the boys in the 2000 Guineas a week earlier.

Among the talented line up for Saturday’s race is the Murray and Bjorn Baker trained We Can Say It Now.  The Starcraft filly beat a top field at Te Rapa last start and looks well placed from a good gate over 1600m.

Her stablemate Twilight Savings (Secret Savings) won the Listed Rotorua Plate against the older horses earlier this season and she was third home in the G1 2000 Guineas last Saturday.

The John Sargent trained Banchee (Oratorio) will be looking to emulate the deeds of her half-sister Katie Lee at Riccarton.  She was a G1 winner in her own right last season in the Auckland Diamond Stakes win last season.

Handsome Ransom filly Rememba Howe has had a great season to date notching up two wins including the G3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes.  She was a strong fourth in the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas last Saturday finishing less than a length from the winner Jimmy Choux.

The Ken and Bev Kelso trained Magic Briar (Thorn Park) can give her sire Thorn Park a Guineas double following the success of Jimmy Choux.  She has won three of her six starts to date.

King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice) and Belles Fast (Fastnet Rock) both bring winning form into the face as does Zennista (Zenno Rob Roy). The Lisa Latta trained Zennista has been a model of consistency and she is a last-start winner of the Kolfinna Classic at Trentham.

The NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas is the third leg of the coveted NZB Filly of the Year Series and the winner will receive 12 points.  Handsome Ransom filly Rememba Howe is the current leader with 6 points followed by Singapore Sling (Starcraft) and Dating (O’Reilly).