THREE-TIME Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss won’t hear of gun Victorian filly Irish Lights being beaten in Wednesday’s group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. But Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan warns not to drop off his star filly, Melito.Irish Lights is set to start a short-priced favourite and Ryan is at a loss to comprehend how Melito, a winner of the Furious Stakes before running second and fourth to More Joyous in the Tea Rose Stakes and Flight Stakes, has eased alarmingly to be at double-figure odds before today’s final field declaration and barrier draw.”I can’t believe we are out to as much as $15,” Ryan said yesterday.”Last month we were favourite for the race. Irish Lights has looked good winning in Melbourne, but Melito certainly hasn’t gone backwards.”She wasn’t suited on the wet track in the Flight Stakes, but she still ran well. The Thousand Guineas is a race we’ve been aiming her at after Sydney and I couldn’t be happier with her. She travelled to Melbourne last Tuesday and has settled in great. Corey Brown will ride her and there’s no reason she can’t win. A decent barrier would be nice though.”Boss has been on the David Hayes-trained Irish Lights in her two runs back from a spell with both resulting in strong-finishing victories. Resuming at Flemington, Irish Lights gunned down speedy filly Avenue, which trainer Peter Moody said was bound for the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Victoria Derby day after blitzing rivals at Caulfield at the weekend.”Irish Lights has always promised to be something special,” Boss said. ”At her first start in a race she ran second to Rostova and that filly was flying at the time. Irish Lights was right up high in the betting to win the Blue Diamond at one point but by the time that race came around she’d had enough, didn’t pull up the best.”Craig Williams had been on Irish Lights in those two runs, but Boss said he kept in contact with Hayes in an attempt to snare the ride. ”She looked the filly to me that was going to make a three-year-old,” he said. ”She’s by Fastnet Rock and I know about him having ridden him. I thought his progeny would make it as three-year-olds and she is going the right way. She is maturing all the time.”Boss said he thought Irish Lights was a deserving favourite in the Thousand Guineas as ”the form around her looks very strong”.”She’s beaten a class filly like Avenue on her merits and beat her easily,” he said. ”And the fillies she competed against in the Thousand Guineas Prelude are pretty much the same ones she’ll be racing against again on Wednesday.”She was dominant in that win and she’s going just as good now as she was then. I think she can win.”Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings will send around Flight Stakes runner-up Sister Madly in the Thousand Guineas with Blake Shinn to ride. ”She blundered on that wet track the other day and it cost her a bit of ground,” Cummings said yesterday. ”A return to a drier surface will suit her and the form around More Joyous looks good.”
Nanjing Night Net

Author

admin