Elite field for New Zealand 1000 Guineas

The 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series goes up to Group 1 level for the first time on Saturday with the second leg, the $300,000 46th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

A shake-up of the leaderboard is guaranteed, with 12 points available to the winner and the early leader Avantage (Fastnet Rock) bypassing the race.

Xpression (NZ) (Showcasing), who is second on the table with 3 points, has won three of her five starts including the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) and a last-start victory in the Group 3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m).

Melt (NZ) (Iffraaj) won the Group 3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) earlier this season, then ran second to the subsequent Group 1 winner Madison County (NZ) (Pins) in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m).

Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) was an impressive last-start winner of the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m), while four others in the field are black-type winners or placegetters.

In addition to the 12 points for the winner, the runner-up in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas will receive 7 points and the third placegetter 3.5 points.

The 46th New Zealand 1000 Guineas will be run as Race 7 on Saturday with a start time of 3.10pm.