Trainer Brent Stanley is confident in the chances of talented two-year-old Veuvelicious in this weekend’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) after drawing the central gate 5 at Wednesday morning’s barrier draw.
Yet to face a good portion of her Champagne Stakes rivals in a competitive setting, Stanley told TVN if anything, the central draw will only add to the chances of Veuvelicious in this weekend’s final stop of the two-year-old Triple Crown.
“I’m happy with her drawing in the middle of them” Stanley said.
Contesting and winning the Listed Fernhill Handicap over 1600 metres on day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick last weekend, Stanley revealed he is particularly excited by the prospect of all Champagne Stakes leading prospects stepping up to the distance for the first time.
“She has been dominant at 1500 and she has been dominant at 1600. The only time she has been in question was back in the shorter races” Stanley said.
“The last thing I need to worry about is the mile.”
Yet to contest an event at the highest level of Australian racing, Stanley said he believes Veuvelicious is primed and ready to go this weekend.
“I don’t think it is that big a step. She has been giving weight to the colts and beating them” he added.
“This is the first time that they have to give her weight.”
Opening her racing career with a disappointing run for eighth in the Quest Moonee Valley Maiden (1000m) on February 14th, Veuvelicious produced a strong turn of foot to finish third amongst classy competition in the Say It With Flowers Handicap (1300m) before breaking through for her maiden career victory in the Sensational Springvale Plate (1500m) on March 22nd.
Unlucky to finish third behind fellow Champagne Stakes acceptors Bachman and Scratch Me Lucky when blocked for a run in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) on April 5th, the Northern Meteor filly more than stamped her claims as one to watch this weekend when winning the Fernhill Handicap by nearly four lengths.
Following her most recent performances and ideal barrier draw, Veuvelicious is currently featured as outright second favourite for success in betting markets for the 2014 Champagne Stakes, at a quote of $3.30.
Champion of the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th, Peggy Jean is currently sole occupant of the tops line of Champagne Stakes betting at even $3 odds.
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