The coveted Golden Slipper Easter Saturday race meeting takes place this weekend at Rosehill racecourse, featuring five of Sydney?s most anticipated Group 1 races.
One of the thrilling events due to light up the track on Saturday is the $400, 000 Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes (1500m).
The 2010 Queen of the Turf Stakes, sponsored by Inglis, has attracted a quality field of 13 fillies and mares with the betting markets dominated by the current $2.40 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au, Typhoon Tracy.
The unfaultable Peter Moody-trained mare is coming off a brilliant succession of victories including her latest Group 1 success in the Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield.
A daughter of Red Ransom, Typhoon Tracy has not had a start since her Futurity win five weeks ago and has drawn wide with barrier ten in the Queen of the Turf Stakes. But neither of these factors are turning away the punters, as her class and ability should see her prevail over any odds.
Champion Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse prepares the close second favourite at $2.80, More Joyous.
The three-year-old More Than Ready filly has had an impressive autumn campaign claiming victory in the Light Fingers Stakes on February 13 and the Surround Stakes last start on March 6.
A super consistent galloper, having won six of her nine career starts, More Joyous has also drawn more favourably than her biggest threat Typhoon Tracy, and will start from barrier six with Nash Rawiller aboard.
Majestic Music drawn out wide in 11 is the other Queen of the Turf Stakes starter for Gai Waterhouse.
Waterhouse is well positioned to have a sensational Easter Saturday full of success as she also trains the odds-on favourite Theseo in The BMW and the current third favourite in the Golden Slipper, Brightexpectations.
The Queen of the Turf Stakes has been set up to be a showdown between these two top females, with the only other hopefuls likely to put in a challenge being the Peter Snowden-trained Neroli (barrier eight), last start Matron Stakes winner Response (barrier 12) or Anthony Cumming?s improving Redoute?s Choice filly Sister Madly in the coveted barrier one.
The 2010 Inglis Queen of the Turf Stakes is set to start at 1:45pm as the fourth race at Rosehill on Saturday, with the most lucrative and anticipated event at the meeting, the $3.5million Golden Slipper programmed as race seven at 4:05pm.
2010 Queen of the Turf Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw:
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||57|
|Bart Cummings||Hugh Bowman||5||57|
|Joseph Pride||Michael Rodd||9||57|
|Bryce Revell||Jason Waddell||13||57|
|Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||3||57|
|Graeme Rogerson||Damien Oliver||7||57|
|Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||2||57|
|John O’Shea||Darren Beadman||4||57|
MORE JOYOUS (NZ)
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||6||54.5|
|Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||11||54.5|
|Anthony Cummings||Glyn Schofield||1||54.5|
|Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Williams||12||54.5|