Go Indy Go Set For Thousand Guineas And Crown Oaks

Trainer Leon Macdonald has revealed that Champagne Stakes winning filly Go Indy Go has been set for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and could press on to the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

Go Indy Go has returned to the stable of trainer Leon Macdonald to begin preparations for her 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.

Go Indy Go has returned to the stable of trainer Leon Macdonald to begin preparations for her 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign. Photo by: Steve Hart

Go Indy Go made her racing debut with a second place finish in the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on March 10 and finished second in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on March 29 before scoring a dominant three and a half lengths win in the Group 2 Sires Produce (1400m) on April 12.

Macdonald took Go Indy Go to Sydney for the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 26 and the daughter of Bernardini upstaged the well-backed Peggy Jean and Veuvelicious to score a maiden win at Group 1 level.

Go Indy Go returned from a stint in the spelling paddock yesterday and Macdonald told Racing Ahead that he was delighted with the way that the rising three-year-old looked on her return to the stable.

“She came back to the stables yesterday and she looks terrific and I am very happy with here,” Macdonald said.

“She looks great and she has grown up.

“Not much worries her, she doesn’t turn a hair really, and she is an easy horse to train.”

Macdonald is yet to decide on where Go Indy Go will have the first race start of her 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, but confirmed that the juvenile would run in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 28, the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11 before potentially stepping up in distance for the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on November 6.

“I am not sure whether she will run in Adelaide before she goes to Melbourne,” Macdonald said.

“Obviously her go is the Thousand Guineas, the Prelude before that and whether she has a run in Melbourne or Adelaide I will decide as we go.

“She is out of a very strongly bred Zabeel mare.

“Her brother (Essay Raider) doesn’t seem to run a trip, but I think that she will, she is a different sort of horse.”

Go Indy Go ($7) is currently on the second line of the 2014 Thousand Guineas betting market at Ladbrokes Australia and is a narrow favourite, at a quote of $6, to win the Crown Oaks.

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