Two classy mares are currently battling for favouritism in the 2014 Tristarc Stakes odds with Catkins narrow top fancy over Sweet Idea for the Caulfield Cup Day showdown.
Due to jump at 3:45pm (AEDT) as Caulfield Race 6 on Saturday, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400m) features a final field of 10 mares.
Sitting top of the latest Tristarc Stakes odds at a quote of $2.90, out from $2.60, through Ladbrokes.com.au is the Chris Waller-trained Catkins.
Drawn in gate eight with Hugh Bowman to ride the five-year-old daughter of Dubawi is a dual Group 1 placegetter and won the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) first up at Rosehill.
Last time out she jumped odds-on favourite and got a gun run throughout the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) but lost her lead over the closing stages and was run down to finish half a length away second to the fast finishing Arabian Gold.
She’s out to atone then on Saturday at Caulfield where she won her only other start in the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint (1200m) back in September last year from the outside gate (12).
Hot on Catkins heels in Tristarc Stakes betting is then Sweet Idea from one of Sydney’s other premier stables, Tulloch Lodge.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel four-year-old is drawn two better than Catkins and is at a firming price of $3.20, right in from $4.20, to hand Catkins another loss.
Tommy Berry stays on after riding Sweet Idea to a fourth place finish in Group 1 company last time out when defeated two and a quarter lengths by Trust In A Gust in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at the track.
She will appreciate the drop back in class then having also run second to Dissident two back in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), also run at Caulfield, on the back of a first-up victory in Randwick’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
Three other mares in the Tristarc Stakes field for Saturday then join the dominant two at single figures including Politeness ($5.50).
Drawn well in barrier four with Craig Williams to ride, Robert Smerdon’s four-year-old daughter of Street Sense comes off two fourth place finishes in Melbourne this time in.
Two back she ran at Caulfield for the third time when under half a length off Girl Guide in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) before her close fourth to Forever Loved at Flemington in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) on October 4.
The Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream ($3.80) and Girl Guide ($8.50) for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig then round out those under $10 to win.
Winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide last season, New Approach mare May’s Dream improved on a How Now seventh to run third in the Blazer Stakes last time out – the form of which the bookies are tipping to hold up this weekend.
Girl Guide meanwhile has been in flying form this season with back-to-back wins to kick things off before her second at the track last weekend.
First-up she won a Benchmark 90 for mares at Moonee Valley before her Group 3 How Now Stakes win over A Time For Julia and Shamal Wind, the latter favourite to win the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) at Saturday’s meeting.
Last weekend Griante nudged her out by half a length to win the Group 3 Sprint Series Final (1200m), Girl Guide stepping up to the 1400m for the first time here.
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