Queen Of The Turf Stakes hope Gypsy Diamond will have her final lead-up before the Group 1 this weekend heading a smart field of fellow three-year-olds out in the 2014 Carbine Club Stakes at Royal Randwick.
Running as Doncaster Mile Day Race 2 at 12:50pm (AEST), this year’s $200,000 Group 3 The Daily Telegraph Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) has drawn a final field of 13 hopefuls.
The favourite in the latest Carbine Club Stakes odds is the John O’Shea-trained Not A Single Doubt filly Gypsy Diamond who is looking to secure a start in Saturday weeks’ $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes over the same track and distance.
She’s currently paying $21 in futures Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets led by the Chris Waller-trained stable mates Catkins ($3.20) and Red Tracer ($3.80).
Fourth in the Crown Oaks during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, Gypsy Diamond hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) back in October.
Her latest run was a ninth to Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22 where she was forced back to last from her wide gate (16 of 16) before making up plenty of ground late in a credible effort.
With a clearer run from barrier six on Saturday the bookies rate Gypsy Diamond as the one to beat, and she currently pays $2.70.
There are then three other Carbine Club Stakes hopes this year at single figures with:
- #7 Malice ($6) – Peter Snowden-trained Teofilo gelding steps up to Black Type company for the first time here in just their seventh career start, most recent effort was a very close second in a Benchmark 80 at Warwick Farm on April 2 and should enjoy the step up to a mile here
- #8 Rock Sturdy ($6.50) – Joe Pride’s Fastnet Rock colt as drawn out in the carpark in barrier 13 but that might not be an altogether bad thing with a likely wet track and a mile to make up ground, they won at Canterbury two back before running second over 1800m at Randwick’s Kensington track on March 26, nice timing between runs and going back to the 1600m should see them sharp
- #4 Liberty’s Choice ($9.50) – Tommy Berry mount for Gai Waterhouse, this son of Redoute’s Choice last ran a disappointing ninth in the Phar Lap Stakes at Rosehill, things went wrong that day but their form before that was a Canberra Guineas third, also has Group 1 experience having finished a close fifth in the Spring Champion last October and all reports from the stable are they are back on track
Also in the mix at better odds are then the likes of the rails-drawn Darci Brahma three-year-old Gamblestown ($11), Snowden’s other runner Sinjoren ($13) who won four straight in Sydney last prep, last start Kembla Grange winner Darci Magic ($15), Waterhouse’s Sandown Guineas runner-up Equator ($16) racing second-up here and her last start Albury Guineas champ Ryker ($16).
Check out the full Carbine Club Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and current fixed win prices in the table below.
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