The all-important Randwick Guineas Day will take place at Royal Randiwck Racecourse this Saturday and a key support event on the eight-race card is the Group 3 2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes.
The Sweet Embrace Stakes is a $125,000 event for two-year-olds that will be run over the sprinter’s distance of 1200 metres.
Gai Waterhouse was the winning trainer last year with Shared Reflections and she will be looking to go back to back with last start winners Kuchinskaya and Valerio both named in the final field.
Valerio is coming off a debut win in the Vinery Stud Handicap at Flemington and will have leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry in the saddle when she jumps from barrier 11.
Nash Rawiller will ride Kuchinskaya who is coming off a dominant three length win in February’s Thesydneycarnival.com.au Handicap race at Rosehill.
With a number of Sweet Embrace Stakes runners nominated for the prized Golden Slipper event, the Sweet Embrace Stakes exists as an important lead up.
Kuchinskaya is the shortest of the Sweet Embrace horses for the Slipper, currently paying $26.00 at leading online bookmaker bookmaker.com.au.
The Clary Conners trained Dear Demi is another horse coming off a victory last start, having won the Juniors Handicap at Rosehill in late February.
Another note-worthy horse is the Anthony Cummings trained Agueda who has one victory from four starts and is yet to finish worse than third.
Other horse named in the final field for the 2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes include Jade Marauder, Flying Snitzel, Bethlehem and Brave Soul.
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2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||4X341||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Peter Robl||2||55.5kg|
|2||3X12||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||55.5kg|
|3||271||KUCHINSKAYA||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||5||55.5kg|
|4||3212||AGUEDA||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||10||55.5kg|
|6||13X||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Craig Williams||7||55.5kg|
|7||5X3||KYRIA||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||6||55.5kg|
|8||428X3||REPORT||Clarry Conners||Danny Nikolic||15||55.5kg|
|9||1||VALERIO||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||11||55.5kg|
|10||3X47||BRAVE SOUL||Joseph Pride||TBA||14||55.5kg|
|11||5X||VARANASI||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||13||55.5kg|
|12||4||BETHLEHEM||Patrick & Wayne Webster||Christian Reith||9||55.5kg|
|13||–||CALAMBA||Anthony Cummings||Luke Nolen||1||55.5kg|
|14||6X6||RED HOT CHILLIES||Grahame Begg||Dwayne Dunn||12||55.5kg|
|15||–||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson||Corey Brown||3||55.5kg|
|16||–||SHE’S A FOX||Anthony Cummings||TBA||8||55.5kg|