One of the key support races on the crack Randwick Guineas Day program this Saturday at Royal Randwick will be the 2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes for two-year-old fillies.
While many of the season’s best juveniles have already emerged, a smart collection of promising types have been nominated for the $125,000 Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) which attracted 19 nominations.
The Sweet Embrace Stakes has produced many star fillies over the years with last year’s winning quinella being the Gai Waterhouse-trained Shared Reflections and Guy Walter’s subsequent Flight Stakes winner Streama.
This year Waterhouse will attempt back-to-back Sweet Embrace Stakes victories having nominated her last-start Rosehill winner Kuchinskaya and untapped Strategic filly Valerio who won on debut at Canterbury last month.
The two top-earning fillies among the Sweet Embrace Stakes nominees, meanwhile, are the Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi ($88,200) and Chris Waller’s Fastnet Rock filly Jade Marauder ($35,300).
Dehere filly Dear Demi debuted with a fourth to Hussousa in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) last October and then resumed in December with a good third in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic.
She backed up with a fourth behind 2012 Golden Slipper-bound Raceway from the Waterhouse stables before her last-start win at Rosehill over 1200-metres on February 25.
Jade Marauder ran third in the Gimcrack in her maiden appearance and has had two runs this time in.
She won first-up at Canterbury over 1200-metres then finished a close second to the Gerald Ryan-trained Cavalary Rose on February 11 over 1200-metres on a Slow (7) track.
Other notable entries include Anthony Cummings’ General Nediym Agueda coming off a close second to Magic Millions Gold Coast Classic winner Driefontein in the Listed Widden Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Famr on February 18, the resuming Gerald Ryan-trained Inglis Nursery third placegetter Flying Snitzel and Peter Snowden’s up-and-comer Meidung who comes off a first-up fifth to Pierro in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
Many of the Sweet Embrace Stakes entries are hopeful of a start in the richest race for juveniles in the world, the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 7.
The shortest-priced of the Sweet Embrace nominations in the Golden Slipper odds at bookmaker.com.au is Waterhouse’s Kunchinskaya who pays $26.
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2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick – 17/03/2012
|2||BETHLEHEM||Patrick & Wayne Webster|
|3||BRAVE SOUL||Joseph Pride|
|6||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners|
|7||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan|
|8||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller|
|13||RED HOT CHILLIES||Grahame Begg|
|15||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson|
|16||SHE’S A FOX||Anthony Cummings|
|17||SINGLE STYLE (NZ)||Gary Portelli|
|19||VARANASI||John P Thompson|