On Saturday February 5 Hobart Racecourse is set to host Tasmania Derby Day featuring three Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival stakes races including the $150,000 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m).
The 2011 Bow Mistress Trophy final field has attracted a capacity 15 fillies and mares plus one emergency ready to face off in the weight-for-age showdown.
Leading the entries is Lady Lynette, the six-year-old mare resuming for the season after a solid spring campaign.
Trained by David and Scott Brunton, Lady Lynette enjoyed a number of Group placings last year and also won the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
First-up on Saturday, Lady Lynette has drawn ideally with barrier three and is due to be ridden by Brendon McCoull.Lady Lynette’s biggest danger in the Bow Mistress Trophy is her stablemate I’m A Hussy, who has suffered a blow with a wide barrier 10 draw.
I’m A Hussy is also first up for the season, her last start being a distant 12th in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on October 16, however showed improvement with a winning barrier trial on January 25.
David and Scott Brunton also have in-form Testa Rossa mare Testamarriage coming off a close second to Paddy’s Jubilee here on January 23 and Cool Heat running in the Bow Mistress on Saturday, both drawing well with gates one and four respectively.
Other notable Bow Mistress Trophy acceptors include Bel Esprit mare Bel Shoes (barrier 13) who last ran a devastatingly close second over 1200m at Caulfield on January 8, improving four-year-old Happy Angel (barrier eight) to be ridden by James Winks and Glamour Legs (barrier nine).
The Charlie Goggin-trained Glamour Legs has been in red hot form this season, enjoying back-to-back Class wins over 1400m this month making her a nice roughie pick on Saturday.
Interstate raiders looking for victory at Hobart in the Bow Mistress this year include Gai Waterhouse’s Elusvie Quality mare Princess Quality (barrier five) and the Peter Moody-trained Tan Tat Tess.
Testa Rossa four-year-old Tan Tat Tess scored a nice win at Moonee Valley last start on January 14 and with a good barrier six draw could have the ability to score her maiden stakes victory here.
The 2011 Tasbreeders Bow Mistress Trophy is scheduled as Hobart Race 9 on Saturday, the meeting headlined by the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby (2200m) where Ludka is the favourite.
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2011 Bow Mistress Trophy Field, Barriers & Weights
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||LADY LYNETTE||David & Scott Brunton||Brendon McCoull||3||56.5||105|
|2||I’M A HUSSY||David & Scott Brunton||Michael Guthrie||10||56.5||97|
|3||DOLLOPS||Luke Oliver||Jamie Mott||12||56.5||92|
|4||BEL SHOES||Steve Richards||Steven King||13||56.5||86|
|5||TESTAMARRIAGE||David & Scott Brunton||Dean Holland||1||56.5||89|
|6||PRINCESS QUALITY||Gai Waterhouse||Justin Hamer||5||56.5||85|
|7||COMMANDS GOLD||Charlie Goggin||Daniel Ganderton||16||56.5||82|
|8||HAPPY ANGEL||Dale Schmitt||James Winks||8||56.5||78|
|9||GO ALI GO||Chris Crook||David Pires||15||56.5||78|
|10||GLAMOUR LEGS (NZ)||Charlie Goggin||Ronan Keogh (a)||9||56.5||73|
|11||TAN TAT TESS||Peter G Moody||Linda Meech||6||56.5||75|
|12||COOL HEAT||David & Scott Brunton||Rhys McLeod||4||56.5||74|
|13||ESPRIT OF EVE||Barry Campbell||Darren Gauci||2||56.5||70|
|14||CINNAMON STICKS||Mark Riley||Dean Yendall||14||56.5||74|
|15||REDBOUGG||Dean Wells||Kelvin Sanderson||11||56.5||68|
|16(emg)||JETSTYLE EXPRESS||Vicki Rhind||–||7||56.5||66|
Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography