Chris Waller’s in-form mare Pipette is favourite to continue her strong summer form when she lines up in the Listed $100,000 2013 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford on Thursday.
The British import tops the bookmaker.com.au market at $4 and will be chasing a third straight victory in what is one of the top races on the Gosford Cup Day program.
A daughter of Pivotal, Pipette was particularly impressive in her most recent outing when she put paid to her rivals by three lengths in the Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap (1800m) at Rosehill on New Year’s Day.
In what is a fairly open betting market, four other horses fall under double figures with Cathay Lady ($6) the next best.
Like Pipette, the John Sargent-trained mare brings terrific form into the race and will be out to record a fourth consecutive win.
The former New Zealand mare has risen through the grades successfully, advancing from midweek wins to claim a BM85 event at Canterbury on December 29.
Just trailing Cathay Lady at $6.50 is San Zaim who has not missed a place in her three most recent starts.
The field is littered with last-start winners with Mabsam ($8) and Babel ($8.50) both out to continue their recent form.
Mabsam broke a 17-month drought to win at Flemington on December 15 while Babel will be looking to make it three straight after scoring narrow victories at Warwick Farm in December.
The market remains cluttered just outside the double-figure range, with Irish Dream, Classics and Triple Six all being offered at $11.
Classics is a lightly-raced mare who has shown plenty of potential to win five of 13 starts and will appreciate a drop back in class from the Group 2 Villiers Stakes while Irish Dream made her stakes breakthrough in the Winter Stakes at Warwick Farm in July.
Others in the Belle Of The Turf Stakes market include Titbit ($17) and long-shot outsider Lady Paget ($51).
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