John Thompson’s Flight Stakes winning filly First Seal may be on a short seven day turnaround but the in-form youngster has opened odds-on favourite to handle two Group 1 fields in as many weeks with a Spring Champion Stakes 2014 win at Randwick this Saturday.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock is one of two fillies in a nine horse field of three-year-olds for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
Drawn in barrier four she has a jockey change with Jason Collett taking over for Blake Shinn.
Shinn jumps off the filly despite having ridden her for back-to-back wins at the track this season.
He has instead opted to take the reins of John O’Shea’s undefeated Lonhro colt Sweynesse.
A winner of three of her five career starts, First Seal beat home Winx and Blue Diamond winner Earthquake two back in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) in her first black type success.
That came on the back of a second to Sweynesse in a Benchmark 70 over 1400m at Rosehill on August 30 and was followed last Saturday by her Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) victory.
Now undefeated at Royal Randwick First Seal pays $1.90, in from $2 earlier today, in the latest Spring Champion Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to retain her unbeaten track record and become a dual Group 1 winner on Saturday.
She’s joined at single figures in the Spring Champion Stakes betting markets by two of her seven rivals including the aforementioned jockey thief Sweynesse ($3.60).
The Godolphin-owned up-and-comer has won four form four to date including the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) on September 27 at Rosehill.
Saturday is his first look at Randwick and predictions are for him to go to Flemington on November 1 for a shot at the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in a month’s time in Melbourne.
The next best in betting and only other hope under $10 to win is then Panzer Division ($6.50).
Drawn in the outside gate nine with Tye Angland booked for the ride, Paul Messara’s Redoute’s Choice colt is looking to return to winning form after a tough test in open company last start.
Two back he won the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) in the wet at Randwick before returning to the track to go up in class for a shot at the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) where he ran a credible fifth to Sacred Falls in the mile showdown.
The two next best in betting out for an upset Spring Champion Stakes result are then the Gai Waterhouse-trained stable mates Hampton Court ($13) and Valentia ($15).
Another son of Redoute’s Choice, Hampton Court also ran over the 1600m here last weekend for a win in the Listed Dulcify Quality when ridden by boom Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira from the inside alley.
Josh Parr takes over on Saturday, Hampton Court going up from 54kg to 56.5kg under the set weights conditions with barrier seven.
Waterhouse’s other runner Valentia meanwhile has gate five and Tim Clark riding, the son of Fastnet Rock coming off a third to Shooting To Win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) when ridden by Tommy Berry who is in Melbourne this weekend.
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