Between them, trainers Peter Snowden and Gai Waterhouse have saddled up five of the last seven winners of the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and the pair look well set to continue their record in this Saturday’s edition. Snowden has Blue Diamond winner and current favourite Pride Of Dubai ($4.00) whilst Waterhouse’s representative English, who ran an enormous second to Vancouver in the Golden Slipper, sits with Ready For Victory, also a notable effort in the Slipper, on the second line of betting at $4.60. All up, Waterhouse has won this race seven times since 2000 and each of those winners has come off winning or having been placed at their previous start in the Golden Slipper, so English fits the bill nicely. The only other runner in the race under double figure odds is Pasadena Girl for Peter Moody at $6.50.
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1. PRIDE OF DUBAI – J Bowman (6)
The Street Cry colt produced a strong finish to claim the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at his most recent start five weeks ago, defeating Reemah and Lake Geneva (who has since ran third in the Golden Slipper). Given a good hit-out by Bowman in a Warwick Farm barrier trial last week over 793m in preparation for this race and has given the impression at each of his three starts; that the 1400m here will suit. Strong type who rates very highly.
2. MISHANI HONDO – C Whiteley (3)
Queensland galloper who has won four of his seven starts in his home-state but has struggle in a better class of races since coming to Sydney two starts ago. He finished third (4.3 lengths) behind Headwater in the Silver Slipper and fourth out of five runners when 5.6 lengths behind Vancouver in the Todman Stakes. The Jet Spur gelding ran into some smart types his last two and should get every chance from gate three but still some question marks over him at this level.
3. READY FOR VICTORY – N Hall (8)
Recorded a good win on debut up the Flemington straight in the Listed Festival Of Racing before immediately contesting the Golden Slipper where the son of More Than Ready applied himself exceptionally well. He ran fourth (1.8 lengths) behind Vancouver from a midfield position but was green up the Rosehill and finished closer to the outside fence. Could not have asked to see any more from him in either start and with further experience under his belt, will be hard to beat here
4. ODYSSEY MOON – D Oliver (6)
Rod Northam’s colt hasn’t been far of them in the leading 2yo races this season, running third (1 length) in the Pago Pago Stakes followed by, at his most recent run, a commendable eighth (2.2 lengths) in the Golden Slipper. Very honest galloper but is finding at this level, one or two sharper than him on the day and that could prove to be the case again come Saturday.
5. TARQUIN – J McDonald (7)
Made it two wins from as many starts with a determined effort in the Pago Pago Stakes, defeating Rageese by ¾ of a length. He settled midfield before angling wide in the straight and knuckling down well late. Stable and Jockey are a formidable team and although he’s up in grade, this son of Hard Spun still has improvement to come and is not to be underestimated.
6. RAGEESE – D Dunn (10)
Spelled after an unlucky debut back in November and returned to racing with an encouraging second to Tarquin in the Pago Pago Stakes three weeks back. Settled well back and had to work hard for a run underneath eventual winner before running second by ¾ of a length. Can only improve off of that run and despite the wide gate suggesting he’ll be giving the field a start again, don’t be surprised if he runs a race better than his current price of $17.00 would suggest.
7. ENGLISH – T Berry (9)
Smart win in the G2 Reisling Stakes before looking the winner of the Golden Slipper with 100m to go before stable-mate Vancouver found late and denied her by ¾ of a length. Last two runs have been excellent and if Berry can find a position from a slightly awkward gate, she’ll be involved in the finish yet again here.
8. PASADENA GIRL – V Duric (2)
Belied her price of 60/1 on debut to win the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) well before backing that up with a head win in the G3 Thoroughbred Breeders (1200m). Closed from well back in both of those runs combined with her breeding, wouldn’t think the 1400m will hold any problems – not a slightly rain-affected track for that matter. Deserves her shot at this grade and will apply herself well.
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9. ALWAYS ALLISON – J Moreira (11)
Unlucky not to make it three wins from as many starts last time out when running seventh (3.1 lengths) behind Speak Fondly in the Magic Night Stakes. She was warming up nicely when being cut out for room at a vital stage last start and should’ve been right in the finish. Will need luck again here from the widest gate but has the right jockey and ability to overcome that obstacle and run well here.
10. PERIGNON – Z Purton (4)
Settled three wide with cover in the G2 Magic Night Stakes last start and finished off well down the centre of the track to come within a lip of recording her second career win, ousted by Speak Fondly on the line. Good effort last time out and didn’t have a great deal of luck at her previous start behind English in the Reisling Stakes. Up in grade but drawn well and should get her chance in the run. Good chance for those looking at multiples.
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11. QUEEN OF WANDS – S Clipperton (1)
Broke her maiden status two starts back with an impressive 2.3 length win in Open 2yo company at Sandown. The Not A Single Doubt filly from the Clarry Conners yard then jumped into the G2 Sire’s Produce (1400m) at her next and most recent start, running fifth (3.5 lengths) behind Jameka. Settled well back from the inside gate last time out and didn’t have the best of luck from that position in the run home. Has been well covered at this level previously and would expect her to be so again here.
RACE OVERVIEW –
This hasn’t been a good race for favourites with the last popular elect to salute being Sebring in 2008 however, punters are hedging their bets this year with three vying for favouritism and they clearly look to have the race between themselves. Sticking with Pride Of Dubai to come out on top. He was excellent in Melbourne and has been prepared specifically for this race. From a better draw then his two challengers, he’s the one for mine. English has drawn 9 with Ready For Victory on her inside. English has been super her last two but just needs some break early in the peace whilst Ready For Victory has plenty of ability but is still learning and at this level, can’t afford to put a foot wrong. Always Alison the best hope of an upset.
- PRIDE OF DUBAI
- READY FOR VICTORY
- ALWAYS ALLISON