The big wet may have hit Sydney leading to a likely Heavy-rated Randwick track for Saturday’s Warwick Stakes meeting but Grahame Begg’s classy mare Bennetta is out to break her own drought not having won since February last year.
The now five-year-old daughter of General Nediym was last seen in the winner’s stall 19 months back when a two length winner of the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in the autumn of 2013.
Since then Bennetta has worked well in good company produced a number of minor placings but hasn’t been able to be first past the post.
That’s something Begg is hoping will change this weekend when he saddles her up in the $125,000 Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m).
The latest Ladbrokes.com.au markets on the Toy Show are led by Peter & Paul Snowden’s proven wet tracker Gypsy Diamond ($3.60) racing for the first time since a second to fellow Saturday hopeful Diamond Drille ($6.50) in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on April 19.
Bennetta meanwhile had her last start at Rosehill on July 5 when runner-up to Generalife in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m).
The form of that race held with the winner going on to win the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) next start and runner-up He’s Your Man enjoyed a black-type win next up too in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill on August 2.
Civic Stakes fourth placegetter Oakfield Commands also trumped the form winning at Rosehill the same day as Chris Waller’s French import He’s Your Man.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Oakfield Commands races again on Saturday paying juicy odds through Ladbrokes.com.au to win the $125,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m).
Bennetta meanwhile is at more generous Toy Show Quality odds representing good value at Ladbrokes paying $12.
“Bennetta ran second in a very strong form race and then had 10 days in the paddock,” Begg told The Daily Telegraph this week.
While many of her major rivals are resuming and likely to peak over more distance later during the spring, Begg’s mare is proven over the distance with two wins and two other minor placings from six goes.
Included in those was a third to Sacred Star in late May at Eagle Farm in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m).
On Saturday she jumps from barrier five with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle and makes up part of the Races.com.au’s 2014 Toy Show Quality Betting Tips.
She comes into the race on the back of a second to Valentia in a 840m trial at the track from August 1 with Begg happy with her fitness.
“She’s freshened up nicely and came out and went nicely in a barrier trial where she seemed to do it pretty comfortably. I’m very happy with her,” he said.
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