Satin Shoes Heads 2012 Starlight Stakes Field & Odds

Clarry Conners’ Group 1 placed mare Satin Shoes will begin her new season preparation this Saturday in the Starlight Stakes 2012 at Rosehill Gardens, the four-year-old opening top of the markets for the quality handicap feature.

Satin Shoes

Satin Shoes resumes racing in the 2012 Starlight Stakes this Saturday

Third to the since retired superstar Sepoy in the Coolmore Stud Stakes last Victoria Derby Day, the daughter of Flying Spur hasn’t won a race since her victory at Caulfield in mid-October the run prior to her Group 1 minor placing.

Last time out Satin Shoes failed to impress when beating home just one other runner to finish 12th to Sea Siren in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 12, but her four-time Golden Slipper winning trainer Conners is confident the punters will see improvement on that run this weekend.

One of two black-types running at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday along with the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), the $100,000 Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) has drawn a final field of nine hopefuls.

Topping the early Starlight Stakes odds at is Satin Shoes at a quote of $2.80 after she drew ideally with barrier one.

Conners has engaged the services of Nash Rawiller to ride his mare on Saturday, Satin Shoes having impressed in a trial between races last Saturday.

“I only gave her the one trial because I was so happy with it,” Conners said.

“She’s drawn barrier one and we’ve got Nash Rawiller on.

“He rode her the other day and said she felt great.

“It’s an ideal race for her to start off with.

“I’m pretty happy with her. She starts off pretty big but that’s the horse.

“You can’t put all your eggs in one basket at the first start (of the preparation) but I think she’s done enough to be competitive.”

Satin Shoes, who also boasts an excellent first-up record and loves the 1100m, is followed in the markets by three other single-figure chances with:

  • #4 See The World ($4.20) – Joe Pride’s smart Danzero six-year-old was in flying form through the winter and should have been three from three had they not travelled four wide before being beaten a long neck in the Winter Stakes last time out, get a draw here (2) and is the obvious danger
  • #2 Skytrain ($5.50) – Peter Snowden’s Lonhro seven-year-old has a great record at the track and is classy but would probably prefer the track to have a bit of the sting out of it to be really competitive
  • #8 Social Rank ($9) – Paul Perry-trained Stratum gelding resumes after a lengthy spell before which they won back-to-back races at Wyong and Warwick Farm during the summer, has only been to the track once when fifth over 1100m back in December but isn’t without their chances over the short distance

Other longer priced hopefuls not without their claims for an upset then include Gerald Ryan’s General Nediym mare Mrs Onassis ($10) who won at the track and distance on Boxing Day, and David Hayes’ former Group 1 winner Eagle Falls ($14) second up for the season after a credible first-up sixth at Moonee Valley on August 4.

The full 2012 Starlight Stakes field and betting odds are detailed in the table below, prices courtesy of our preferred online bookie

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2012 Starlight Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Rosehill Gardens Race 6 – 3:45pm – 18/08/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating Odds*
1 40x10009x6 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 7 59kg 103 14.00
2 8x0x435213 SKYTRAIN Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 58kg 101 5.50
3 135x02200x SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners Nash Rawiller 1 56kg 101 2.80
4 9x0x214112 SEE THE WORLD Joseph Pride Christian Reith 2 56kg 97 4.20
5 640x250x9x SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington Blake Shinn 9 54kg 93 31.00
6 3048x066x9 NIGHTOFTHEGENERAL Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes Nathan Berry 4 54kg 85 67.00
7 5x322337x6 LA REMLAP Joseph Pride Corey Brown 5 54kg 84 17.00
8 16x114511x SOCIAL RANK Paul Perry Andrew Heffernan 6 54kg 83 9.00
9 47x118116x MRS ONASSIS Gerald Ryan Glyn Schofield 3 54kg 81 10.00

*Fixed Win odds provided by and subject to change