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Flying filly Mosheen will shoot for her fourth elite level title on Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens this Easter Saturday, the Robert Smerdon-trained champion the headline runner in a small eight-horse 2012 Vinery Stud Stakes field.
Running as Rosehill Race 3 at 1:05pm, the $400,000 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) may have drawn just eight acceptors, but there are two Group 1 winners in the mix for the three-year-old fillies’ showdown this year.
Sure to be odds-on favourite in the Vinery Stud Stakes odds once released at bookmaker.com.au is Fastnet Rock filly Mosheen who has drawn barrier seven with regular rider Danny Nikolic engaged.
Winner of last Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Crown Oaks by an emphatic nine lengths, Mosheen comes off back-to-back Group 1 wins over the mile firstly in the Australian Guineas at Flemington and then again at Randwick in her Sydney debut on March 17.
Having proved herself against the boys and run successfully the Sydney way of going, going up to the 2000-metres against her own kind makes Mosheen the definite horse to beat.
The other Group 1 winner in the Vinery Stud Stakes field this year that will be out to challenge the favourite is the Guy Walter-trained Streama.
Drawing ideally in barrier three with Hugh Bowman to ride, Stratum filly Streama won the Flight Stakes over the Randwick mile last spring.
She comes off a fifth to Ofcourseican in the Coolmore Classic over 1500-metres at the track on March 24 and her chances rely on how Streama steps up to the 2000-metres for the first time.
Walter also made a late decision to enter his Commands filly Appearance for the Vinery Stud Stakes on Saturday, the up-and-comer having held on in a tight finish to win the Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange last start.
Keith F Nolan runner-up She Goes To Rio has also been accepted for the Vinery Stud Stakes, Anthony Cummings’ Canberra Guineas winner drawn in the far outside gate with Craig Williams booked.
Rounding out the 2012 Vinery Stud Stakes field and barriers are then the Kerry Parker-trained Keith F Nolan Classic third placed Aliyana Tilde (5), Peter Moody’s promising O’Reilly filly Thy (1), Grahame Begg’s lightly-raced maiden Plumm (2), and the Gwenda Markwell-trained Pedrinate (4) to be ridden by the Hong Kong-based Brett Prebble as they look to improve on their dead last finish in the Keith F Nolan.
See below for the full 2012 Vinery Stud Stakes, formerly known as the Storm Queen Stakes, field and barriers.
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2012 Vinery Stud Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Gardens Race 3 – 1:05pm – 07/04/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||31261X1211||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Danny Nikolic||7||56kg||112|
|2||1X3111X215||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Hugh Bowman||3||56kg||108|
|3||12X1441||APPEARANCE||Guy Walter||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56kg||85|
|4||11X2112||SHE GOES TO RIO (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Craig Williams||8||56kg||87|
|5||X69X142513||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker||Blake Shinn||5||56kg||72|
|6||42X413||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||56kg||64|
|7||325||PLUMM||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||2||56kg||–|
|8||7X057569||PEDRINATE||Gwenda Markwell||Brett Prebble||4||56kg||–|
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