In what will undoubtedly be one of the best contested races of the weekend, the 2014 Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) will see seven two-year-old fillies line up for a shot at a $90,000 top prize at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Having opened as favourite when betting markets first appeared earlier this week, classy filly Twirl has maintained as the unrivalled punters’ pick; cutting in from $3 to currently sit at a quote of $2.20 and registering as the clear market mover.
Will the classy daughter of Lonhro filly pick up her first win at Group level, or will one of the field’s other talented sprinter claim the 2014 Widden Stakes crown?
In only one competitive start so far Twirl finished a close second behind 2014 Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Rubick in the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) to solidify her position as one of the country’s most exciting two-year-old prospects. Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been outlined a busy Autumn schedule for the Lonhro filly, with a possible run in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to be determined following The Vanity.
Gai Waterhouse-trained Muscovado will make her racing debut in the 2014 Widden Stakes, and will be given the best possible chance of a successful first-up run after drawing the ideal barrier three. Waterhouse is confident Muscovado can begin her career in memorable fashion, revealing the un-trialled two-year-old has had a near-perfect preparation.
Carrying winning form into the Widden Stakes, Team Hawkes-trained Mossfun represents excellent value to punters at her current quote of $4.80, having claimed the Inglis Nursery Open (1000m) with ease in November. Having trialled well at Cranbourne last week, jockey Tommy Berry will be looking to guide the classy two-year-old to a second straight victory from barrier 1.
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