A top field of fillies and mares are set to face off in Saturday’s Gai Waterhouse Classic 2014 at Ipswich Racecourse, tips and exotic selections for the feature detailed right here.
This year’s $100,000 Listed Sky Racing Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) kicks off a three race Black Type line-up on Ipswich Cup Day running as Race 5 at 2:30pm.
There are 14 in the mix with the latest Gai Waterhouse Classic odds led by Jazz Song ($3.70).
Mick Price’s Fastnet Rock filly has won two from seven so far, most recently the Group 3 Typhoon Tracey Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in February.
She’s been up there with some good types since then however including her second to Blue Diamond winner Miracles Of Life in the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide and second to subsequent Stradbroke Handicap third placegetter Srikandi in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) to back.
Her latest run was at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) where she ran fifth beaten under half a length by Sir Moments in the three-year-olds showdown.
She’s up against the older mares here but is still favourite to win getting in with 55.5kg and Jim Byrne to ride.
The others under double figures to win are then the David Vandyke-trained Hussonet four-year-old Breakfast In Bed ($5.50) coming off a win over 1200m at Randwick, in-form Good Journey filly Griante ($5.50) shooting for her fourth straight win and Stuart Kendrick’s Bright Shadow Handicap runner-up from Oaks Day Avaladyluck ($9).
So will this year’s Gai Waterhouse Classic winner come from one of these top hopes?
Or is there value to be found further down the markets from the likes of market mover Pickabee ($10), likely front runner Tukiyo ($10) or Spitfire Lady ($13)?
#5 Jazz Song ($3.70)
Sticking with the race favourite here who we actually think is well priced. She would be nearly odds-on if she’d been beating the boys in the Group 2 QLD Guineas last start. Admittedly she didn’t, but in fifth she was only beaten 0.4 lengths. Barrier seven draw will see her settle just off the pace here, likely to be set by Griante who’ll be getting across from 12, and slot into a nice spot ready to strike over the closing stages over a distance that looks ideal and a class she can handle.
#2 Pickabee ($10)
Sunshine Coast-trained Jet Spur mare is wide (14) but will be finishing off well as she gets back up to the distance after a nice third behind Srikandi, Group 1 Stradbroke third to her next start, in the Listed Junamo Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on May 17. It’s been a month between runs so she’ll be fresh, and last time over the 1350m she won at Doomben in the spring. Fitter for her first-up Junamo run and will be the big improver here is our guess.
#9 Griante ($5.50)
Another one drawn wide, this three-year-old is in 12 but is a pacemaker who’ll be going to the front. Has won her past three on the trot back home in Melbourne most recently over 1600m at Sandown on May 31. She carried 55kg that day and is in here with a kilo less than that so well weighted. Two back her victory was also over a mile at Caulfield, so she needs to handle a drop back in distance but step up in class for her interstate debut. Still she’s flying and has four wins and three seconds from eight career starts so knows what she’s doing.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change