Racing three-deep without cover usually makes winning difficult, especially at Group 1 level, but the wide trip failed to trouble Guelph (Exceed And Excel – Camarilla, by Elusive Quality) in her chase for a third win at the highest level in the Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Guelph faced five rivals in the Flight Stakes, which was her first race at 1600 metres since her Group 1 Champagne Stakes triumph in her two-year-old season, but jockey Kerrin McEvoy was content to keep her deep but just off a slow speed.
The slow pace ensured the race developed into a sprint home rather than a test of stamina, which placed Guelph as a decided advantage as she quickly assumed control of the $405,000 contest before the Darley homebred rolled home an easy 1-3/4-length winner over Sensibility (Redoute’s Choice – Fleeting Touch, by Touch Gold) and Bound For Earth (Northern Meteor – Bulla Borghese, by Belong To Me).
Darley trainer Peter Snowden marvelled at the class of his own filly rather than denigrating the quality of her opposition when he described Guelph’s third Group 1 win as a “track gallop”.
“It’s a great effort,” Snowden said. ”It probably wasn’t the spot we wanted to be but they weren’t going quick and even though she was three-deep it was a snail pace really, and that was a track gallop.
“To me, she had an exhibition gallop. She’s a quality filly and it was a dominating win – she won that with ease.”
Guelph’s latest success showed she is likely to add a fourth Group 1 win to her wonderful record when she travels to Melbourne to run in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 16.
However, Snowden said he would advise the Darley team not to push Guelph to the Cox Plate 10 days later despite the filly racing in almost unstoppable form.
“If she happened to win the Thousand Guineas, a quick freshen up then the autumn carnival is at her feet. The Coolmore, the Doncaster… all those races are there,” Snowden said.
Guelph’s half-brother by Shamardal, Ghibellines (Shamardal – Camarilla, by Elusive Quality) finished fourth on debut earlier in the day in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) but Camarilla, a sister to Sepoy’s dam Watchful, died in 2012.
Camarilla’s last foal is a colt by Street Cry.