She’s already a triple Group 1 winner and on Saturday the John O’Shea-trained Sea Siren has opened top of the markets to make it a quartet in the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington Racecourse, but can the mighty mare get the job done in an open field full of talent?
There are three single-figure chances in the 15-horse field for the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) this year, the shortest-priced of which is last start Manikato Stakes winner Sea Siren.
She’s beaten a number in this field and also won the BTC Cup – Doomben 10,000 double during the winter in Brisbane so there’s plenty to like about this four-year-old Fastnet Rock mare.
With a flawless second-up record and in-form veteran hoop Jim Cassidy in the saddle, O’Shea is hopeful but knows Sea Siren must step it up if she is to match it with the best on the straight six at Flemington – which she sees for the first time on Emirates Stakes Day.
“All her victories have been on tight-turning tracks, this is a different ball game,” he said.
“She has to go out on the big stage and beat the best sprinters around, again, but this time there might be a few things in their favour.
“You are always worried the first time they go down it and there are a couple in the race who love it.
“It will give a really good indication of how good she is.”
So should you take the risk and get behind the favouirte in the Patianck? Below we take a look at the evidence for and against Sea Siren to see if she’s the only you should have your money on.
#10 Sea Siren – Horse Form & Facts
- Barrier: 9
- Jockey: Jim Cassidy
- Trainer: John O’Shea
- Owners: K Biggs Enterprises Pty Ltd, Horseshoe Investments Pty Ltd, Mr P R Waller, Mr J M Monterrubio, Ms C P Biggs
- Age: 4YO
- Gender: Mare
- Breeding: by Fastnet Rock (AUS) from Success Express (USA) mare Express A Smile (AUS)
- Career: 9-6-1-1
- Win: 66.67%
- Place: 88.89%
- Last 6: 2119×1
- Prize Money: $1,348,330
- Track: 0-0-0-0
- Distance: 6-5-0-1
- Current 2012 Patinack Farm Classic Odds: $3.60)
Why Sea Siren Can Win the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic
- No Black Caviar!
- Triple Group 1 winner including the Manikato Stakes first-up last start
- Is unbeaten second-up (2-2-0-0)
- One of only two last-start winners in the field, last year’s Patinack winner Black Caviar came off a win
- Beat a similar field in the Manikato including Mental (2nd), Hallowell Belle (4th) and Buffering (6th) who are considered her main dangers on Saturday
- The distance is ideal as she boasts a near perfect record over 1200m (6-5-0-1)
- Has an impressive Win Rate of 66.67% , the second highest in the field, and the best Place Percentage of 88.89%
- Jim Cassidy stays on and is in great form having won the Crown Oaks on Thursday
Why Sea Siren Won’t be the Patinack Farm Classic 2012 Winner
- Has to beat the boys again
- Will Flemington suit? She is yet to race at the track
- Is she better for a Place this time?
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