Instant Celebrity showed why she was at the top of the betting for the 2020 Thousand Guineas when she won as she liked in the Group 2 $250,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield today.
Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au reacted immediately and wound Instant Celebrity price in from $5.50 to $3 for the Group 1 $1m Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10.
The Phillip Stokes trained Instant Celebrity ($2.80 favourite) had to overcome a slow start and a wide trip but was still able to account for the other fillies with a one length win.
Personal ($15) got the judge’s decision for the runner’s up cheque after five fillies crossed the line to fight out the second spot.
Rock My Wand ($26) claimed third sport just ahead of Night Raid ($3.70), Love Sensation ($31) and Ecumental ($151).
Instant Celebrity remains undefeated from four starts and Craig Williams has indicate he will stick with the Not A Single Doubt filly after steering her to victory today.
“She’s a very exciting filly and ticked another box together by coming to Melbourne, going around Caulfield,” Williams said.
“What I asked her to do was a little more than normal, but I was confident in her and she will derive a lot from today – fitness, experience and she’s a really high-quality filly.”
Stokes dosen’t think that Instant Celebrity will have any trouble stepping up to the 1600m of the Thousand Guineas.
“I don’t think (the mile of the Thousand Guineas) will be a big problem,” Stokes said.
“She’s a lovely, big, scopey filly, I think she’ll even get further in time.
“That’s how we’ve been riding her at home and she’s built on that. It’s been hard to run on today, so she’s done a good job.”