Rob Heathcote’s last start Eagle Farm winner Fillydelphia has opened narrow favourite in a tight 2013 Recognition Stakes betting battle for the Doomben feature this weekend.
The six-year-old daughter of Bianconi took her career wins into double digits on November 16 when she scored and easy three and a half length win over 1400m in an open handicap.
This weekend she steps up in class when taking on the boys again, this time at Doomben Racecourse, in the $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Recognition Stakes (1600m).
She’s drawn the inside alley in the capacity field of 16 starters and will carry three kilos more on 58kg than her last start.
While she’s going up in class and distance, the bookies still rate her as the one to beat with Fillydelphia paying $4.20 in the latest Recognition Stakes odds.
The last time she ran at Doomben and the mile was 11 months ago when second to Alma’s Fury when blocked for a run in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1600m).
Not long after she suffered a setback and had eight months on the sidelines before returning this spring, Fillydelphia looking back to her best for this.
Hot on her heels in the Recognition Stakes markets at $4.40 is then another last start winner, Black Cash who will be ridden by Timothy Bell from barrier eight.
This will be the Gold Coast galloper’s 29th career start and the son of Show A Heart’s maiden black type assignment.
They earned a shot at a stakes win after a narrow victory over Members Joy in the Subzero Challenge (1400m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.
There the five-year-old grey carried a hefty 60kg to victory and they are sure to appreciate a step back to 56kg on Saturday.
There are then two other single figure chances in the markets with the Sam Kavanagh-trained Sydney raider Absalon ($8) and the 59kg top weight Listen Son ($9).
Mossman gelding Absalon comes off a Randwick win over 1400m from November 9 and returns to Brisbane having previously been prepared at the Sunshine Coast by Jason McLachlan.
The Tony Gollan-trained Listen Son meanwhile has been in good form in Brisbane this season including a win over this track and distance back on October 5.
Their last run was a close second to Morning Captain in the Padua College Handicap (1300m) from November 2 when carrying 57kg.
The early Recognition Stakes betting market mover at $12 is then Brian Smith’s Pentire mare Dolly Dolly in gate three, the seven-year-old tipped to improve on her unplaced run last time out.
She was up against Group 2 company at Flemington that run however in a 2000m mares’ race on November 9, the drop back to a mile and Listed company both working in her favour.
Other notable hopes then include progressive Mossman four-year-old Elmantosh ($11) with the far outside barrier to overcome, Darryl Hanson’s Redoute’s Choice seven-year-old Essington ($12) who has run fourth in their past five runs and Murwillumbah-based Lion Heart gelding Zedlion ($13).
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