While most of the pre-autumn talk at Guy Walter’s stable is surrounding the campaign of his Australian Oaks champ Streama, another classy mare in the 2013 Doncaster Mile mix for the Sydney trainer is Appearance.
The consistent Commands four-year-old has won four of her nine career starts to date hitting the headlines most recently during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when she upset a crack field to win the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington as a $40 outsider.
“She surprised me that day,” Walter told Sky Sports Radio speaking of the Myer boil over.
“I didn’t think she could win but after the race you were thinking how this mare has gone under the radar.
“She has only had nine starts; she’s won four races including the Myer Classic and the Keith Nolan in the autumn.
“She is, at the end of the day, a very good mare.”
Punters are unlikely to get her at those odds again, a more prohibitive price set to appear in all the markets for Appearance’s autumn campaign.
Pleased with her progress since returning to work after a summer spell, Appearance is set to embark on a very similar preparation as her star stablemate and reigning NSW Horse of the Year Streama meaning the duo will likely clash on more than one occasion this season.
Kicking off in the $100,000 Listed Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on February 23, the mares will go second-up into either the $100,000 Listed Wiggle Quality Handicap (1400m) or the $125,000 Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm on March 9
From there the assignments will get tougher with the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (2000m) on March 23 and the $400,000 Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (2000m) on Golden Slipper Day both being considered leading up to the big one, the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 20.
“She is nominated for the Doncaster as well and will probably take a similar route to Streama,” Walter confirmed.
“It is early days but she is a very, very nice mare and underrated.
“Underrated by even her trainer I think and crucially she is only lightly raced.”
2013 Doncaster Mile nominations and pre-field betting markets are already out with Streama (quoted at around $21) the better fancied of the two with Appearance rated a $34 chance.
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