Guy Walter’s Group 1 winning filly Streama has been installed as the early favourite to take out the Coolmore Classic 2012 at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, the three-year-old out for her second elite level victory.
One of 14 acceptors for the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), running as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:10pm, Stratum filly Streama opened at a short $3.20 through bookmaker.com.au to defeat a smart field that includes four other Group 1 winners.
During the spring Streama scored the Princess Series Triple Crown which culminated with a convincing six and a half lengths victory over Hallowell Belle in the Flight Stakes at Randwick.
She resumed to finish a close second behind Sea Siren in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) last month, then she turned the tables to beat her first-up conqueror home in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m).
Drawn in barrier nine and set to carry 55kg with Hugh Bowman aboard, Streama has winning form at the track and distance and if she can steer clear of trouble should be hard to hold out third-up.
In a relatively open field there are four other hopefuls under double-figures in the Coolmore Classic betting markets with last-start Wiggle Stakes winner by four and a half Steps In Time ($4.20) who looks for consecutive win number four, Peter Moody’s Group 1 winner in New Zealand King’s Rose ($7) with an excellent mile record down under, the Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer ($7) coming off a Group 3 2in in the Mille Fox Stakes and Secret Admirer ($8.50).
The $8.50 price on Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer looks good according to her trainer Grahame Begg.
After running third first-up in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Dubawi four-year-old Secret Admirer was disappointing last start when she finished six and a half lengths away fifth to Steps In Time in the Wiggle Stakes.
Begg, however, is willing to forgive her Wiggle Stakes effort and believes even with the 58kg topweight on Saturday Secret Admirer has what it takes to win.
“She ran very well first-up with the big weight and ran home nicely,” Begg said.
“Second-up, it wasn’t run to suit her with the small field.
“We’re looking for some more tempo on Saturday hopefully.”
Since the Coolmore Classic was first run in 1973, just three other mares have carried a similar weight to Secret Admirer’s, including the great grey Emancipation with 60kg in 1984 who was prepared by Begg’s father Neville.
The others were the mighty Sunline who carried 60kg to both her Coolmore Classic wins in 2000 and 2002, and Bounding Away with 57.5kg in 1987.
“She’s in good shape,” Begg said.
“It is tough, it’s never easy and they don’t give them (Group 1 wins) away.
“I suppose she deserves that weight, she is a dual Group 1 winner.”
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2012 Coolmore Classic Odds
Rosehill Race 7 – 4:10pm – 24/03/2012
|1||SECRET ADMIRER (6)||8.50 bookmaker.com.au|
|2||KING’S ROSE (5)||7.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|3||RED TRACER (8)||7.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|4||YOSEI (10)||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|5||STREAMA (9)||3.20 bookmaker.com.au|
|6||STEPS IN TIME (12)||4.20 bookmaker.com.au|
|7||ABSOLUTELY (13)||61.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|8||OFCOURSEICAN (7)||14.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|9||LADYS ANGEL (11)||18.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|10||BLISS STREET (4)||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|11||FOXSTAR (2)||31.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|12||ALBERTON PARK (3)||21.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|13||DO RA MI (14)||51.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|14||TOMBOY (1)||81.00 bookmaker.com.au|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change