The first of the Group 1 double for Morphettville this Saturday is the Australasian Oaks for the fillies. Dominating the market at $4.00 apiece are Victorian visitors Girl In Flight and May’s Dream. Punters haven’t been deterred by both fillies drawing out wide and are sticking with pair who ran 1st and 3rd respectively in the traditional lead-up race, the Schweppes Stakes (1800m) a fortnight ago. Peter Moody, who won this race in 2011 with Lights Of Heaven, has four runners entered for the event with the pick of them being In Masquerade ($10.00) who is own by the same connections that were successful with Lights of Heaven. Outside of the favourites, the only other runner under double figure odds is the Mick Kent trained Scratchy Bottom at $6.00
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1. MAY’S DREAM – B Rawiller (15)
Secured a lovely run and had too much class for her rivals second up when winning over 1523m at Moonee Valley before heading across to Adelaide for the G3 Schweppes Stakes (1800m). Starting the 8/11 on favourite, she had her chance in the run but giving her opponents weights, just couldn’t reel in Girl In Flight and In Masquerade over the final stages running third (1.2 lengths). Meets them a level weights Saturday and fourth up last prep ran second to Kirramosa in the G2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) with Solicit third.
2. GIRL IN FLIGHT – M Allen (13)
Consistent galloper who registered her fourth win at start number seven when stepping out in last fortnight’s Schweppes Stakes (1800m), defeating In Masquerade and May’s Dream. It was the Robbie Griffiths trained mare’s first run in three week and took her record beyond a mile to two wins from as many starts. Can only be fitter for her latest start and has an impressive overall record.
3. EVERY FAITH – S Price (14)
She recorded her second career win two starts back when finishing well to claim the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) by a head over In Masquerade. The daughter of Zabeel then lined up in last fortnight’s Schweppes Stakes (1800m) and snuck up along the fence as they turned to be in a prominent position straightening. She found the tougher class of filly just a touch too strong late and finished fifth (2.5 lengths). Bred to enjoy the 2000m but will be giving them a big start from a wide gate.
4. STAR FASHION – M Neilson (6)
The Street Cry filly has only won the one race from nine starts, a Geelong Maiden, but performed well in some top class races including a nose second in the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes. Her most recent start, her first for over a month, was in last fortnight’s Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) where, against the boys, she caught the eye finishing hard late to run fourth (1.8 lengths) behind Gamblin Guru. She would not have to make much improvement on that run to be right in the finish here.
5. IN MASQUERADE –
Peter Moody’s filly won her first race second up from a spell in a Yarra Glen (1500m) Maiden and has handled her two subsequent runs, both at Stakes level, in a very encouraging manner. The Pentire filly closed well to run second to Every Faith in the Listed Laelia Stakes before not getting a great deal of room from May’s Dream who raced on her outside, when the pair were chasing home Girl In Flight in the Schweppes Stakes last start. She finished second in that race and is going very well at the minute. Might just be peaking at the right time.
6. SCRATCHY BOTTOM – M Rodd (7)
The daughter of in-form sire Sebring got too far back in the G3 Mittys Vanity Stakes (1400m) and finished a well beaten fourth (7.1 lengths) behind Solicit before, four weeks later, taking on the boys and contesting the G2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m). In a strongly run affair, she settled just worse than midfield on the fence before angling wide on the turn to make her run. She finished well (5th, 3.3 lengths) but those on the pace had pinched the winning break. She has always promised to win a good race and wouldn’t dismiss her chance lightly even though she tackles this race first up off a six week break.
7. ARTISTIC LASS – J Holder (18)
Sydney visitor who ran a good second to Shikra in a BM 70 at Kensington before not handling the heavy track and the top class of the G1 Vinery Stakes (2000m), where she finished ninth (11.3 lengths) Lucia Valentina. Much better suited here and on a drier surface but as she has done at her two starts above, the Myboycharlie filly, who was sent to Leon McDonald by Randwick Trainer David Payne, has drawn terrible and faces a big task from that gate.
8. QUAYSIDE –
Another for Moody who scored her second career win three starts back registering an uninspiring head win as the 2/1 favourite in a Class 2 race (1500m) at Kembla Grange. Her two subsequent starts, a well beaten eleventh in the G3 Percy Sykes (1900m) at Rosehill followed by a fair eighth of fifteen in the Schweppes Stakes, are probably not good enough to see her winning here.
9. REZONED – C Williams (12)
Improving Zabeel filly from the Smerdon stable who comes into this race off a win in a BM 70 at Cranbourne (1600m) and a neck second to Winston Drive at Sandown at the same grade. The step up to 2000m should suit but the rise in class may test her at this point of her career.
10. LADY TATIA – (2)
Not a great deal went right for this Duke Of Marmalade filly two starts back where she ran wide during the race and became unbalanced on the turn before running fifth of seven in the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) behind Marianne. She enjoyed the bigger spaces of Sandown and the drop in grade at her next and most recent start, running second (3.3 lengths) to Tear Gas in a BM 70 (1700m). Did beat Scratchy Bottom home when third behind Gypsy Diamond and Gregers in the G2 Fillies Classic during the Spring but her form this time in doesn’t seem as strong.
11. ATATOO – (17)
Won a Stony Creek BM 64 as the 5/2 favourite two starts back but the Encosta De Lago filly was well and truly found out when contested the G3 Schweppes Stakes (1800m) last fortnight and didn’t improve her position from the turn, running eleventh (6.9 lengths) behind Girl In Flight. Has too much improvement to make.
12. LOVE THE ROCK – (9)
Showed some good potential in her three starts of her first preparation and won a Moonee Valley 2040m Maiden by a widening 4.3 lengths however, her form this time in has been disappointing. She was easily accounted for first up as the 9/4 favourite at Geelong, failed to finish the BM 70 at Hillside before being well accounted for in the G3 Schweppes Stakes behind Girl In Flight. Not an encouraging preparation for a race like this.
13. AKAGERA – (16)
Only the one win from nine starts for this Northern Meteor filly – a Murtoa Maiden last October, and whilst she hasn’t been beaten far in four starts this preparation, they’ve all been in much lesser grade than this race. Combined with the fact that she’ll be jumping from a wide gate, her chances of winning this race would be slim.
14. PERFECT COMPANY – S Arnold (10)
She cracked her maiden status two starts back – at start number seven – when successful in a Seymore Maiden (1600m) on a heavy track. The Stratum filly than offered plenty of cheek at her following start, the G3 Schweppes Stakes where, as a 60/1 chance, she made rolled along out in front and battled on well, running fourth and finishing only 1.5 lengths from Girl In Flight. Will roll forward and has the right jockey engaged to suit her racing pattern. On last start, she’s one at odds for the multiples.
15. RASA LILA – D Dunn (1)
After threatening to on several occasions, the Darci Brahma filly finally broke her maiden status, and in convincing style, winning a Geelong Maiden by seven lengths two starts back. At her next and most recent start, she settled outside of eventual winner Girl In Flight during the run but couldn’t match it with filly when she made her run leaving the 600m. She batted away in the straight to run seventh (4.3 lengths). It is hard to see her turning the tables on those who finished in front of her last start.
16. NAVAJO RUN – (4)
Settled just off the speed and stuck on well to fifth (3.3 lengths) to Winston Drive on a slow track at Hillside in a BM 70 (1600m) before last week, where again the daughter of High Chaparral took up a good spot from a handy draw, she finished fourth (1.4 lengths) behind Happy As Hell in Open Class. Not bad last start and improving with each run. Should get her chance from gate four but others proven already proven at this level.
17. MISS CAROBOSE – (3)
Leigh Childs’ galloper registered her first win two starts ago when narrowly winning a Sale Maiden (1600m) on a heavy track before venturing to town and lining up in a BM 64 (1600m) at Sandown. Sent out a 80/1 chance, the daughter of Moscow Bullet performed better than her priced suggested she would and she ran sixth (1.4 lengths) behind Bring Back. Handy run last start but this is a huge step up in class.
18. REBELLE – (11)
Still searching for her maiden win at this her ninth start is the Reset filly trained by Mick Huxtable which is somewhat surprising given her recent efforts. She ran fourth (2.6 lengths) in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) behind Every Faith before closing steadily from the tail of the field in the G3 Schweppes Stakes (1800m) last fortnight to run sixth (3.4 lengths) behind Girl In Flight. The distance shouldn’t cause too many concerns but the class probably will.
The top two – May’s Dream and Girl In Flight look hard to beat leading into this race but the barrier draw has opened it up a little with both drawing wide. At set weights this week, there’ll be little between the two as the market suggests. It’s not necessarily a match race though with several at double figure odds worthy of a closer look. In Masquerade was very good last start and went to the line just as well as May’s Dream for mine. She’s bred to have no problem with the trip and is drawn ideally in gate 5. Star Fashion’s is another that’s bloodlines suggest she’ll be at her best around this distance range. She certainly was against the boys last start in the Port Adelaide Guineas and like In Masquerade, drawn perfectly in 6. Both represent good each-way value. Scratchy Bottom has the class but six weeks with no in the lead up to this, by either design or default, is a factor that his hard to overlook when assessing her chances, especially when at $6.00.
- IN MASQUERADE
- STAR FASHION
- MAY’S DREAM
- GIRL IN FLIGHT