This Saturday a tightly-matched clash between many of the season’s most promising three-year-old fillies will take place in Tea Rose Stakes 2011 at Rosehill Gardens, over half of the field at single figure odds to win.
One of the most highly-anticipated stakes showdowns on the George Main Stakes Day programme, the $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) this year drew a final field of 11 hopefuls.
Many of these Tea Rose Stakes acceptors are out to stake their elite level claims for the spring with options for the best performing fillies including the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival’s culminating Princess Series grand final – the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 1 – or the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) down at Caulfield on October 12.
There is no clear Tea Rose Stakes favourite with six of the contenders under double figures in the betting markets at Luxbet, and three of these under $5.
Currently sitting at the top of the Tea Rose Stakes odds, narrowly, is Streama at a firming price of $4.60.
Guy Walter’s Stratum filly Streama owes her position as race favourite to her ideal barrier one draw and her gritty last-start win in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on September 3.
She faces a very similar field of rivals again on Saturday including Florentina (2nd), Pane In The Glass (4th), Anise (5th), Elite Falls (6th) and Ice Baby (9th) which gives Walter confidence she can go back-to-back.
“They’re the same fillies, basically,” Walter said.
“I think she’ll be hard to beat again.”
Close behind Streama in the Tea Rose Stakes betting markets are equal $4.80 second elects, the John Thompson-trained Pane In The Glass who beat the likes of Florentina and Streama two starts ago in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) before falling victim to a slowly-run Furious Stakes, and Peter Snowden’s daughter of General Nediym Anise.
Both Pane In The Glass and Anise are Group winning fillies with plenty of ability, however they have suffered wide barrier draws for the Tea Rose due to jump from gates nine and 11 respectively.
Still, their class has been enough to see them installed near favouritism and they both have the ability to overcome their starting positions and take out the Tea Rose Stakes.
The next best fancied of the fillies are:
- Gai Waterhouse-trained Shared Reflections ($5.50) who makes her three-year-old debut after a strong juvenile campaign that ended with a close fourth beaten only a length and a quarter by Helmet in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in April
- Redoute’s Choice filly Florentina ($6) from the Randwick stables of David Payne and who has been unlucky when finishing a nose behind Pane In The Glass and Streama respectively at her last two starts
- Elite Falls ($9.50), John O’Shea’s More Than Ready filly tipped to improve when she returns to her favoured Rosehill track where she won the Group 2 Reisling Stakes last season; jockey needs to get her either out wide or to the front as she has been tightened for room and blocked severely in her opening two runs this season
Longer-priced outsiders that also have claims for an upset, and that could prove nice value selections for your Rosehill trifectas and first fours on Saturday include Graeme Rogerson’s Kiwi filly Dowager Queen ($15), a stablemate to Melbourne Cup-bound Scarlett Lady, who comes off a Listed win back home in New Zealand; and the Anthony Cummings-trained Houston Benefactor ($19).
Below you will find the full 2011 Tea Rose Stakes field, barriers and jockeys.
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2011 Tea Rose Stakes Final Field & Barriers
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rtg.|
|1||1X22137X56||ELITE FALLS||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||10||56kg||93|
|2||1113232X14||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson||Joao Moreira||9||56kg||93|
|3||2261X31||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Hugh Bowman||1||56kg||93|
|4||13164X||SHARED REFLECTIONS||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||7||56kg||89|
|5||1X241X25||ANISE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||11||56kg||88|
|6||25X122||FLORENTINA||David Payne||Corey Brown||6||56kg||82|
|7||20131144X1||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Chris Munce||4||56kg||83|
|8||8X3235X16||HOUSTON BENEFACTOR||Anthony Cummings||Glyn Schofield||8||56kg||70|
|9||4X28X54X29||ICE BABY||Patrick & Wayne Webster||Brad Pengelly||5||56kg||–|
|10||2X525||SHUSWAP (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Blake Spriggs (a)||3||56kg||–|
|11||53X3636||MORE BUBBLY||John P Thompson||Nathan Berry||2||56kg||–|