Classy Sydneysider Satin Shoes has opened favourite in the 2011 Champagne Stakes betting markets following the release of the field and barriers for the fillies’ feature running under the lights at Moonee Valley on Manikato Stakes night this Friday.
The $150,000 Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) this year drew a field of nine hopefuls, the Clarry Conners-trained Flying Spur three-year-old Satin Shoes the top-rated and fancied of the acceptors.
Drawn mid-field in barrier five with Craig Williams engaged for the ride, Satin Shoes comes off a last-start eighth to Buffering in the Group 3 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at the track on September 10.
Her run was much better than the results shows, Satin Shoes checked near the 800 metres and caught in traffic throughout.
Back against her own age and sex and stepping up to 1200 metres Satin Shoes is the deserved favourite here and sits at the top of the Champagne Stakes 2011 odds at a quote of $2.70 through Luxbet.
History also shows that not having won last start could work in Satin Shoes favour.
In the past 10 years only one Champagne Stakes winner, Estelle Collection (2006), came off a last-start win.
In an open affair for the fillies and the punters backing them there are five other Champagne Stakes hopefuls at single-figure odds to win through Luxbet.
The next-best fancied in the Champagne Stakes betting following Satin Shoes are:
- Emerald Downs ($4.20 Luxbet) – Anthony Cummings-trained Churchill Downs filly has won over the track and distance back in February and was far from disgraced last-start at Caulfield when finishing only two and a half lengths away sixth to Bliss Street in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) from a wide barrier 10 draw, into gate four here which will suit
- Glissade ($6 Luxbet) – Peter Snowden’s well-bred Redoute’s Choice filly was seventh last-start to Golden Archer in open company at Caulfield in a Group 3, she will enjoy going back to fillies-only here but hasn’t seen Moonee Valley before
Other notable contenders with claims for an upset Champagne Stakes result that would please the bookies include Darren Weir’s improving Ballarat-based hopeful Platelet ($8.50) and the little-known Delago Brom filly Miss Zoom ($11) from the Mornington stables of Carlo Vidotto.
For the complete 2011 TBV/Gallagher Basserr Champagne Stakes field, barriers and jockeys refer to the table below.
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2011 Champagne Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No.||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Wgt.||Hcp. Rtg.|
|1||1X1129X188||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||Craig Williams||5||56kg||97|
|2||012X146||EMERALD DOWNS||Anthony Cummings||Nash Rawiller||4||56kg||78|
|3||122X47||GLISSADE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||7||56kg||76|
|4||41415||PERONNE LADY||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||6||56kg||70|
|5||2133||PLATELET||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||2||56kg||67|
|6||34X1||MISS STELLABELLE||Mark Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||9||56kg||64|
|7||4X12||MISS ZOOM||Carlo Vidotto||Dean Holland||8||56kg||66|
|8||9X2035X1||DE LILLY LIGHTFUL||Matt Laurie||Craig Newitt||3||56kg||62|
|9||1||VICTORIA STREET||Chris Hyland||Luke Currie||1||56kg||62|