2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes Taken by Jade Marauder

Fastnet Rock filly Jade Marauder has proven herself as a more than capable wet track runner, taking out the 2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes in tough conditions at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse today.

With champion Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle, the Chris Waller trained horse proved herself a genuine Golden Slipper chance ahead of April’s prize race for two-year-old horses.

As they started down the straight she made her move from the middle of the pack and was extremely impressive in her third ever start.

Bowman rode her well as he controlled her to move only one horse length from the middle of the pack before allowing the filly to accelerate down the straight to finish in front of Valerio and Kyria.

Trainer Waller said the only question over the filly was her tendency to misbehave coming out of the barriers.

“We’ll certainly have to sort her barrier manners out for three weeks time [for the Golden Slipper] but certainly she’s got the ability to be running,” he said.

“It certainly was a great win. I think she’s a pretty smart filly.”

Kuchinskaya started equal bookmaker.com.au favourite at $3.60 with Jade Marauder and it was Kuchinskaya who set the pace early leading for a large portion of the race.

The Gai Waterhouse trained horse showed that she pushed too hard to early and was overtaken by a host of horses in the final furlong and eventually finished ninth.

Waller said Jade Marauder, the start witheld, is a horse that shows plenty of promise for the future.

“Apart from the start, she’s a bomb proof race horse. She’s shown that in every race,” he said.

“A pressure race like the Golden Slipper where they run with speed, it’s going to suit a filly like her.”

Jade Marauder now has two wins from three career starts.

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 2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 JADE MARAUDER Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 55.5kg $3.70
2 9 VALERIO Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 0.4L 9 55.5kg $26
3 7 KYRIA Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 0.6L 5 55.5kg $10
4 4 AGUEDA Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 1.2L 8 55.5kg $9.50
5 6 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Craig Williams 1.9L 6 55.5kg $4.60
6 11 VARANASI John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 2.4L 11 55.5kg $61
7 1 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Peter Robl 2.7L 1 55.5kg $15
8 14 RED HOT CHILLIES Grahame Begg Dwayne Dunn 2.9L 10 55.5kg $151
9 3 KUCHINSKAYA Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 4.3L 4 55.5kg $3.60F
10 12 BETHLEHEM Patrick & Wayne Webster Christian Reith 9.1L 7 55.5kg $41
11 8 REPORT Clarry Conners Danny Nikolic 13.7L 12 55.5kg $151
12 15 ROLL THE BONES John P Thompson Corey Brown 16.8L 2 55.5kg $26