Brett Stanley’s lightly raced Kyneton raider Kalabek has opened narrow favourite to win her second career start in the 2014 Lancaster Stakes in Brisbane this weekend.
The third race on a bumper Doomben Cup Day program on Saturday, this year’s $100,000 Listed Gallopers Sports Club Lancaster Stakes (1200m) features a capacity field of two-year-old fillies.
Of those just three are under double figures in the latest Lancaster Stakes odds to win including the $3.40 favourite Kalabek.
Drawn in gate nine with Nash Rawiller to ride the daughter of Wanted comes off a winning debut at Caulfield from April 21 when defeating Mossbeat by half a length over 1000m in another fillies handicap.
She goes up in distance then a month later here for her Queensland debut, the bookies tipping her to repeat her winning form from Melbourne with another win on the weekend.
Hot on Kalabek’s heels in the Lancaster Stakes betting markets though is another interstate visitor, Paddy Cunningham’s Grafton-based Falvelon filly Shinji.
She was originally also accepted for the Listed Woodlands Stakes (1100m) at Scone tomorrow where she was drawn ideally in barrier two but would have to carry 58.5kg.
Cunningham and connections however have opted to scratch her from that race in her home state and look to continue her nice run in Queensland where she has a wide gate 10 draw to overcome but just 56.5kg under the set weights conditions.
“We’re going to go to Brisbane,” Cunningham told the Daily Examiner.
“She was given a bit of weight at Scone and she’s not a real big horse. So we thought we might go up to Brisbane with her where they’ve all got to cart the same weight.”
Shinji is undefeated having won all three of her career starts, a debut win at Grafton on March 8 followed by back-to-back Eagle Farm wins over 1000m in April earning her a price of $4 for Saturday to make it a sunshine state trifecta.
“She drew wide the other day, I don’t think the draw will be too bad,” Cunningham said speaking of her victory from gate 11 of 14 on April 19 when ridden by Tegan Harrison who stays on for Saturday.
“She’s got plenty of speed out of the gates so hopefully she can get out quick and get in with the leaders.”
The only other single figure Lancaster Stakes hope at $7 is then the widely drawn Totally Sure with gate 16 (into 14) to overcome.
Kelly Schweida’s Not A Single Doubt filly represents the locals here and races for the first time since her distant 12th behind Unencumbered, retired to stud this week, in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast in early January.
The current Lancaster Stakes market mover is then Sarisara into $11, Rex Lipp’s Toowoomba-trained Red Dazzler filly out wide in 15 (into 13) for their seventh career run.
One of the most experienced in the line-up she shoots for her third win here and comes off three straight fourth place finishes.
The most recent of those was on Hollindale Stakes Day at the Gold Coats a fortnight ago when beaten under three lengths by Aimee in the wet in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m).
Other notable Lancaster Stakes runners meanwhile not without their claims include Sunshine Coast-based Rosella ($11) coming off a win on debut at Eagle Farm and Tales Of Fashion ($14) to be ridden by Blake Shinn.
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