After running second in this race last year with Plucky Belle, a recent G1 winner of the Coolmore Classic, Victorian trainer Peter Moody looks well placed to go one better in this year’s edition of the Darley Crown with Peron. The lightly raced 5yo mare was purchased for $610k at last year’s Patinack Farm dispersal sales and whist she’s yet to win for her new trainer after three starts, the daughter of Husson hasn’t enjoyed a great deal of luck at her past two runs, both in quality races. With the right gate and track surface in her favour here though, she can easily make a mends and is on the second line of betting in early markets at $4.40, a shade behind Najoom at $4.00.
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1. SOLICIT – T Clark (3) 59kgs
Worked over from a wide gate to lead them into the straight when a solid fourth (2.4 length) behind Danesiri and Cosmic Endeavour in the G2 Guy Walter Stakes two back before being rested after a disappointing last in the G3 Aspiration Stakes. Been over a year now since the Street Cry mare last won a race but looked good winning a trial since her last start and will get a lovely run here from the perfect draw.
2. MY SABEEL – S Clipperton (5)
Connections would’ve been disappointed this race didn’t go ahead last week at Hawkesbury given her outstanding wet track form. Her last start was a good seventh (3.6 lengths) behind the in-form trio of Catkins, Amanpour and Gypsy Diamond in the G2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m). Has good form all around her at present and rates a good chance, a better one again with any sting out of the track.
3. MAMWAAZEL – J Parr (11)
Resumed three weeks ago in a BM 85 (1200m) at Randwick where she was held up early in the straight when looking for a run, before winding up late well when the space finally opened, and finished fifth behind Dublin Lass. Really started to put it together last campaign and her return effort was promising moving forward however, meets a much tougher field here, receives no weight relief and has drawn out meaning she’ll be giving them a head-start top of the straight.
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4. PERON – J Cassidy (6)
Put a line through her twelfth (4.8 lengths) in the G1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) two runs back where she was caught in a pocket on the fence and never got a crack at them. She then finished strongly in a leader dominated race from last on the turn to run fifth (2.4 lengths) in the G2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) behind Avoid Lightning and Griante. Drawn much more favourably here compared to last start and should be able to stalk the speed.
5. CALMING INFLUENCE – J Collett (4)
Draw the widest gate in a field of eleven when contesting the G3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) mid-February and always is the case, took up the running. She couldn’t hold of the late challengers though and finished seventh (3.5 lengths) behind Thump. Freshened up since and looked good in a recent trial. Drawn to take up her favourite role without too much effort but previous efforts this grade has seen her unplaced and she’ll find the last 100m the worry.
6. PEACE FORCE – B Avdulla (7)
The Gerald Ryan trained mare blossomed last preparation, winning four of her eight starts and running a nose second to Mamwaazel in the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford. Unlike her previous returns from a spell, she hasn’t been seen at the trials but generally races well fresh and if her rate of improvement has continued in the manner it did last campaign, she’ll be right in the mix here.
7. BELLE DE COUER – D Beasley (10)
Drew the outside gate in a field of twelve when returning from a spell at Randwick a month ago, and from the tail of the field, finished soundly enough in a leader dominated race to claim ninth (3.4 lengths) behind Avoid Lightning.
Unfortunately she has drawn wide again here and given it is closing in on two years since she last won a race, would prefer to go with others here.
8. DUBLIN LASS – SCRATCHED
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9. VERGARA – J Penza (2)
Finished last prep off by winning two of her three races and returned in the same good manner, bolting in at Warwick Farm by 4.5 lengths in a BM 70 despite being sent out a 60/1 chance. Led and just kept running last start with the Snippetson mare from Anthony Cummings’ yard drawn to do the same here. Big step up in class however and won’t get it as easy as she did in front here which will see her vulnerable late.
10. COPY – B Loy (8)
Freshened-up after having every chance in a BM 80 behind Himalaya Dream back in mid-March and given an easy time of it in a trial four weeks ago. Last win come on a heavy track in a BM 75 and for her to be winning here, would’ve have liked to have seen her win at least one of her three starts this time in.
11. NAJOOM – C Reith (1)
Recorded her third consecutive, and most impressive, win two starts back at Warwick Farm in a Restricted race, streaking away to win by four lengths. The Northern Meteor filly then lined up as the odds-on favourite in a BM 75 (1200) at Canterbury just over a week ago. She sat outside of the leader but on the heavy track, which she was competing on for the first time, didn’t let down as he had done previously on top of the ground and stuck on tenaciously for second (1.3 lengths). A drier surface and a gun run from the inside draw will see her rated highly.
RACE OVERVIEW –
Typically competitive mares race here but keen on Peron here. Gets the beautiful run just off the pace which should be genuine with the likes of Najoom, Calming Influence and Vergara all pushing forward, and gets her chance and the 1300m trip is perfect. My Sabeel would prefer wet but isn’t a duffer on top of the ground either. She has solid form all around here and there’s enough pace engaged here to see her finish strongly. Solicit gets the right run from the inside gate and a reproduction of the Guy Walter run, sees her right in the mix.
2. MY SABEEL