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After an eye-catching win at the track just last weekend, Simon Miller’s progressive filly Miss Rose De Lago has opened top fancy to defeat the boys in Saturday’s 2013 WA Guineas at Ascot Racecourse.
Pre-field and barrier announcement it was Miller’s other runner, Saint Bro, leading the markets for this year’s $400,000 Group 2 Sky Racing W.A. Guineas (1600m).
However with his Encosta De Lago filly Miss De Lago now after her third on the trot, she’s installed at the top of the WA Guineas odds paying $3.50.
Despite having a wide barrier 12 (into 11 with emergency out) draw, and having to handle a short seven day turnaround, the bookies are rating her as the one to beat.
Two back Miss Rose De Lago won the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) before her three quarter length effort in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) last weekend.
The acid test is on for her now with this her first run in open company since a fifth in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) back in October.
There are then just three other single figure chances in the WA Guineas betting markets with:
- #9 Vitello ($5.50) – Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney raider out to steal the glory from the locals, the Snitzel colt coming off a good 1800m win at Randwick in a Benchmark 68, has raced against some nice types and should handle these so long as coming back to the mile isn’t too sharp for them
- #6 Saint Bro ($7.50) – Stablemate to the new favourite, Flying Pegasus gelding is undefeated having won both their career starts so far, improved on a debut win over 1200m last month to take out the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) on November 9, good draws for both those runs and has to pull out more from barrier 16 here
- #2 Petrol Power ($9) – Fairetha Stakes runner-up, also second to Arcadia Rose in the Belgravia Stakes before that, Jim Taylor’s Snitzel gelding has plenty of class having also won the Supremacy Stakes back in March on the back of a Perty 2YO Classic third, first Group run since a luckless eighth in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) when blocked for a run and drawn wide, wide again here in 14
For those after more value in their WA Guineas selections there are plenty of other three-year-olds at double figures with claims.
Among them are Shane Quilty’s dual winner Run For Rum ($11) out to improve on an 11th in the Fairetha, the b-trained Fairetha third placegetter Moonsearch ($13) and Via Laurentina ($14).
Neville Parnham’s daughter of Stratum Via Laurentina is the second best fancied filly in the Guineas having run second to the favourite in both the Burgess Queen and Champion Fillies Stakes last weekend.
The full WA Guineas 2013 field and odds are detailed below.
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2013 WA Guineas Odds
Ascot Race 6 – 6:20pm (AEST) – 23/11/2013
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