Why Graceful Anna Can Cause Upset 2011 Coolmore Classic Result

This Saturday March 19 the 2011 Coolmore Classic is the feature race on the programme at Rosehill and while Aloha is the steady favourite in the betting markets, here the Races.com.au team take a look at the form and claims Graceful Anna has of causing an upset Coolmore Classic result.

The $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) is set to run as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:10pm (AEDST) tomorrow as one of two elite level races along with the $400,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

A final field of 16 runners are currently heading towards the fillies and mares’ showdown after #5 Lady Lynette was scratched due to an elevated temperature.

Favourite in the Coolmore Classic odds is Encosta De Lago mare Aloha paying $5 to Win at Luxbet following her impressive last-start victory in the Group 3 PFD Food Services Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 5.

Committed to finding value in the markets for our readers, the Races.com.au team have studied the Coolmore Classic field and think #4 Graceful Anna has strong claims in tomorrow’s race.

The David Pfieffer-trained Graceful Anna is one of the Coolmore Classic market movers having been backed in from her opening price of $12 into $10 at Luxbet.

Her current Coolmore Classic odds are still very backable and our tip is that if after viewing the form and facts below you want to bet on Graceful Anna, do it now at Luxbet before she firms into a single-figure price.

Graceful Anna

Graceful Anna can become the 2011 Coolmore Classic Winner on Saturday

Why Graceful Anna Can Cause an Upset Coolmore Classic Result in 2011

– Ideal barrier four draw, drawn inside of the favourite Aloha

– Coming off three second place finishes at Group level this prep and with the extra distance should thrive and get over her rivals

– Carrying 54kg which is the weight she carried when finishing second to Triple Elegance against an open field last start in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m)

– In the Liverpool Graceful Anna covered plenty more ground than the 1300m of the race having to race wide and deep, hints that 1500m will suite

– Has only finished out of the money in three of her 15 career starts

– In her two starts at Rosehill she finished second on both occasions beaten on debut by just a half length on debut in July of 2009 and then she came within a head of Montana Flyer two starts back here in the Group 3 Millie Fox Quality (1300m) on February 26

– Is the right age as a four-year-old with 4YO’s winning eight of the past 21 Coolmore Classics

– Has Damien Oliver in the mount who rode the 2001 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca

– Boasts a solid Win Rate percentage of 40%

– Although untested over the 1500m Coolmore Classic distance, she was impressive in winning the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Trophy over 1400m in January last year

– Has finished ahead of a number of her Coolmore Classic rivals in recent uns including Jersey Lily, Lovemelikearock, Palacio De Cristal, Strawberry Field, Hidden Wonder and No Evidence Needed

– Many of the top mares are out of this year’s event including More Joyous (contesting the Canterbury Stakes) and Hot Danish (ruled out of the autumn) opening up the race and boosting Graceful Anna’s claims

2011 Coolmore Classic Form

Horse #4 Graceful Anna

(by Canny Lad from Lamellar)

  • Barrier: 4 (in from 5)
  • Weight: 54kg
  • Trainer: David Pfieffer
  • Jockey: Damien Oliver
  • Prize Money: $1,018,800
  • Career: 15-6-5-2
  • 1500m: 0-0-0-0
  • Win %: 40
  • Place %: 40
  • Current Coolmore Classic Odds: $10 – Bet now at Luxbet

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Graceful Anna Recent Form – Last Five Starts

Pos. Track Date Dist. Track Con. Class Jockey (Br.) Wgt. Odds Winner Margin Win. Time
2 – 14 W FM 5/03/2011 1300 Good G3HCP TIMOTHY BELL (9) 54 $6.5 TRIPLE ELEGANCE 1L 75.92
2 – 12 RHIL 26/02/2011 1300 Good G3F&M B PENGELLY (7) 55.5 $4.5 MONTANA FLYER 0.1L 76.3
2 – 9 RAND 12/02/2011 1200 Good G2MARE B PENGELLY (4) 55.5 $26 MORE JOYOUS 2.5L 68.6
9 – 10 CANT 14/01/2011 1100 Good G4HCP L V CASSIDY (7) 53 $6 PINWHEEL 5L 63.2
13 – 18 E FM 12/06/2010 1400 Good G1HCP G BOSS (2) 49.5 $8.5 BLACK PIRANHA 4.5L 81.16