Booker booked for Thousand Guineas with Group 2 win

Oct 01, 2017

Booker earned herself a shot at a Group 1 target with her win in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have aimed Booker at the Thousand Guineas and the filly will go into the race as one of the favourites after her determined Caulfield success.

Booker went close to a Group 2 win but was carried off her course in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington last time out but the three-year-old did everything right in a career-best performance in the Thousand Guineas Prelude.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn let Booker roll forward and race handy to the speed before the daughter of Written Tycoon went to the lead early in the straight.

Dunn had to sit down and ride hard late but Booker gave plenty in the straight to score by a long neck.

Ellerton said Booker will improve further going into the Thousand Guineas on October 14.

"She's a filly that doesn't get put under a lot of pressure at home," Ellerton said.

"She's probably still learning to let down and in both starts here she's wobbled around the bend so she's just getting used to that raceday pressure.

"She probably didn't want much further today but in saying that she did do a little bit of work early and she's got some improvement to come."

Dunn said the 1600m of the Thousand Guineas would suit Booker after her determined win.

"Her pedigree says more sharp, but she seems to be showing us she wants further, so that's good," he said.

Booker’s win came as a great tonic to her part-owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths after the forced retirement of their star mare Heatherly.

Heatherly bled for the second time when giving her all in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley and is unfortunately banned from racing in Australia.

Congratulations to Barrie and Midge and all of Booker’s owners along with all involved in her outstanding win at Caulfield.