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John Sadler’s flying mare Vain Queen has opened odds-on favourite to keep the good times rolling this weekend at Flemington Racecourse with a win in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final 2014.
There are 10 horses engaged to face off in this year’s $150,000 Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m), the lucrative short distance feature running as the fourth race on ‘Finals Day’ at 2:25pm.
Of those in the mix the dominant favourite and one to beat is Artie Schiller four-year-old Vain Queen paying $1.80 in the latest All Victorian Sprint Series odds.
Drawn in barrier eight with Glen Boss to ride, she’s after her third straight win after successive Melbourne victories last month.
Vain Queen is undefeated at the track (3-3-0-0), over the distance (2-2-0-0) and won her sole start over the track and distance back in May last year as a three-year-old.
Boasting an ultra-consistent record of six wins from eight starts, the $42,000 bargain buy from the 2011 William Inglis and Son Classic Yearling Sale is already proving a far better horse than her purchase price indicated.
Her latest run was over 1100m here on June 28 when beating home The Thief by a big four lengths in Heat 8 of the series carrying only 52.5kg.
On Saturday she goes up to 56.5kg however the bookies still rate her as the one to beat even with the extra four kilos.
Sadler is thrilled with the lead-up and condition of Vain Queen although does admit that the weight could prove a barrier.
“All good for Saturday. She galloped well, I’m pleased with her,” Sadler said on TVN after her Caulfield gallop on Wednesday.
“The only worry with her is she has to carry four kilos more and she is only a little mare.
“We will see what difference that might make.”
All going to plan Vain Queen will continue onto a spring campaign where the $150,000 Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 30 would make a nice starting point
There are then just two other All Victorian Sprint Series Final hopefuls under $10 to beat Vain Queen with Le Bonsir ($6.50) and market mover Pillar Of Creation ($9).
Mick Price’s Choisir six-year-old Le Bonsir comes via a nice lead-up that includes a second over the track and distance in the Listed Straight Six in late May and a last start second to Group 1 bound Lord Of The Sky in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield just last Saturday.
Pillar Of Creation meanwhile shoots for their third consecutive win, Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s God’s Own four-year-old drawn well in barrier two.
Their last start was also seven days ago on Saturday when half a length winner of the Sheen Group Handicap carrying 57kg, the same weight they’re allocated this weekend on the short back-up.
The next best in betting are then Pat Hyland’s Heat 8 third placegetter Shanghai Warrior ($10), the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip ($10) and the undefeated Shamardal four-year-old Corsica Lad ($11) in their black-type debut.
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2014 All Victorian Sprint Series Final Odds
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