Gai Waterhouse’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic-bound filly Carriages is the headline entry for the Calaway Gal Stakes 2014 at Doomben Racecourse this weekend.
One of a host of black-type features on the Brisbane race card for Saturday, this year’s $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) attracted 16 two-year-old fillies.
The sure-to-be-favourite in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets post-field release on Wednesday, Hinchinbrook filly Carriages is after back-to-back wins as she heads towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 10.
She currently sits on the second line of Magic Millions Classic betting paying $7 in markets led by the undefeated Wicked Intent who races in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) at the same meeting.
Carriages debuted with a third at Randwick before breaking her maiden status with an impressive two length effort over the odds-on favourite Prompt Return in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat on November 22.
Tommy Berry is set to retain the ride as she shoots for another win this weekend where she’ll get her first run in the Sunshine State ahead of her major summer assignment.
She had an exhibition gallop last week in preparation at Canterbury and impressed Berry who was quick to make comparisons between her and Waterhouse’s star Group 1 placed mare Sweet Idea.
“She really reminds me of Sweet Idea because she’s a filly who never blows you away and just does what she has to do,” Berry told News Corp.
“I don’t know how good she is, but I think she’s got plenty of scope about her, and I thought I’d go and ride a horse on the way up and who could give me another Magic Millions.”
Berry rode back-to-back Magic Millions 2YO Classic winning fillies in 2011 and 2012 with Karuta Queen and Driefontein respectively.
Also coming off nice lead-up form ahead of the Calaway Gal Stakes is the Ross Coveney-trained Sweet Repeat from Toowoomba who won at home over 87m in October before a last start Sunshine Coast win on November 30 up over 1000m ahead of her big city debut here.
There are a host of last start winners in the mix in fact with others including the Tony Gollan-trained Supersay, Snitzel filly Flamenco Girl who won on debut at the Sunny Coast on November 2 and the Noel Doyle-trained Gold Coast-based St Remy.
Other notable Calaway Gal Stakes hopefuls in 2014 include the unraced Kelso Wood-trained daughter of Jet Spur Attrente, the Liam Birchely-trained Flamenco also on debut if accepted, Heavenly Hand for Sydney’s Gerald Ryan and the Trevor Bailey-trained Vida Playa coming off a winning Gold Coast trial from the start of the month.
See below for the full Calaway Gal Stakes 2014 nominations, the field due out on Wednesday with betting markets to open soon after at our preferred online sportsbook Ladbrokes.com.au!
2014 Calaway Gal Stakes Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 13/12/2014
|2||SWEET REPEAT||Ross Coveney||2||56.5kg|
|4||FLAMENCO GIRL||Danny J Bougoure||4=||56.5kg|
|5||ST REMY||Noel Doyle||4=||56.5kg|
|6||STAR OF NIGHT||David Kelly||6||56.5kg|
|7||MAYBE EVEN YOU||Les Ross||7||56.5kg|
|9||CASSE BLEU||Rod Hilton||8=||56.5kg|
|11||HEAVENLY HAND||Gerald Ryan||8=||56.5kg|
|12||INFINITE LEE||Ben Currie||8=||56.5kg|
|13||KYOTO ROSE||David Kelly||8=||56.5kg|
|14||SAILOR GERRI||Liam Birchley||8=||56.5kg|
|15||SUGAR HIT||Liam Birchley||8=||56.5kg|
|16||VIDA PLAYA||Trevor Bailey||8=||56.5kg|