Odds-on favourite More Joyous has eased out slightly in her price to secure a hat-trick of Queen Of The Turf Stakes trophies on Saturday with the punters coming for known mudlark Red Tracer after Rosehill Racecourse was downgraded to a Heavy (8) on Friday.
Gai Waterhouse’s champion six-year-old More Joyous opened at $1.40 to take out the $400,000 Group 1 Inglis Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) again this year after victories in the Golden Slipper Day showdown over the past two years.
Coming off a first-up second to the fellow Waterhouse-trained Pierro in the Canterbury Stakes, More Joyous originally looked the big winner for Saturday having drawn barrier one.
However the recent rain in Sydney has seen the course proper at Rosehill come into the Heavy range and even if it stays dry it is unlikely to firm into anything better than a Slow (7) by jump time making the inside alley a possibly unfavourable draw.
More Joyous, who has now eased out to $1.45 in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds is also yet to win on Heavy ground but does boast four wins from five starts on Slow tracks.
While the favourite eases in the markets the money has been pouring in for Chris Waller’s second elect Red Tracer who has come in from $8.50 to $7 to upset the dual defending champion.
Last seen running a devastatingly close second to the Guy Walter-trained Appearance, another wet tracker backing up in the Queen Of The Turf, in the Coolmore Classic Red Tracer has won all five of her career runs on Heavy tracks.
Her most recent was at Rosehill two back on a Heavy (9) in the Group 3 Mille Fox Stakes (1300m) on March 2 when carrying 58kg to victory in the handicap clash.
Coming back to weight-for-age on Saturday is sure to suit Red Tracer as will a mud track and now her double digit barrier (10 of 11) also doesn’t look too bad.
Other hopefuls to firm in their Queen Of The Turf Stakes price include Secret Admirer ($13 into $12) and There’s Only One who opened at $101 but has been slashed into $51 as the Peter Moody-trained five-year-old has won both of their starts on Heavy ground as well as boasting a nice record on Slow tracks (4-2-1-1).
Grahame Begg’s Dubawi mare Secret Admirer hasn’t won a race since the 2011 Epsom Handicap but continues to race consistently at elite level including three Group 1 thirds during the spring.
Testa Rosa There’s Only One meanwhile is out to improve on her disappointing ninth in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) last start and return to the form that saw her win a Group 3 first-up at Caulfield in February.
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2013 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Betting Market Moves
Rosehill Race 6 – 3:15pm (AEST) – 06/04/2013
- #1 More Joyous (1) – $1.40 out to $1.45
- #2 Secret Admirer (4) – $13 into $12
- #3 Appearance (6) – Steady at $10
- #4 Red Tracer (10) – $8.50 into $7
- #5 Streama (9) – Steady at $17
- #6 Mid Summer Music (5) – Steady at $21
- #7 Spirit Song (11) – Steady at $34
- #8 Pear Tart (2) – Steady at $41
- #9 There’s Only One (7) – $101 into $51
- #10 Shannara (8) – Steady at $101
- #11 Cathay Lady (3) – Steady at $101
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change