The Melbourne Cup Carnival continues in full swing on Thursday with Crown Oaks Day, or Ladies Day as it’s commonly referred to, at Flemington.
One of the races for three-year-old fillies to run in is the Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m). A maximum field of 16 declared for the race, as well as three emergencies. There has already been two scratchings from the field, with both Ms Mazetti and Shawqeeny withdrawing which makes room for the Tony Noonan-trained White House Lady and Danny O’Brien’s Snake Charmer.
Headlining the race is the tough filly Eloping, who is set to make her fifth start this season after backing up from the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Saturday. She led the outside group once again despite running against a heavy wind. She ran her usual tough race to be near the placings.
The Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained filly has won half of her 12 career starts, including the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) and Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m).
Eloping will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 16 with Damian Lane to ride. It’ll be a struggle to come over and led the race as she likes to do. However she’s still second favourite in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Leading the Gucci Stakes odds is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Tawteen at $3.70 after drawing barrier one, which means she’ll enjoy the inside rails run. She has only finished outside the first three once in her seven career starts and is a last start winner of the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m).
There are two other single figure hopefuls in the betting market, market mover Sultry Feeling ($8) and Aerobar ($9).
Blue Sapphire Stakes runner-up Sultry Feeling will get an ideal start from barrier two with Hugh Bowman in the saddle while Aerobar will jump from the second widest barrier with James McDonald as hoop.
Many of the fillies featured in the race are making their black type racing debut in the 2014 Gucci Stakes including Unequivocal ($10) who won a 1200m Sprint at Rosehill Gardens back in February. This will be the filly’s first start since then after nine months off the field. The Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained filly will have to overcome a start from the widest barrier.
Check out the full odds available for the 2014 Gucci Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au below and choose your winner.
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