No Trial for 2015 Widden Stakes Hope Calaverite

Sydney’s John O’Shea has opted not to trial his Group 1 autumn hope Calaverite before the young filly contests the Widden Stakes 2015 at Rosehill Gardens at the end of the month.


Gimcrack Stakes winner Calaverite races again in the 2015 Widden Stakes without an earlier Rosehill trial. Photo: Steve Hart.

He has the Godolphin-owned daughter of Lonhro scheduled to have her second career run on January 31 on Expressway Stakes Day in the $150,000 Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m).

There in the set weights plus penalties race for fillies Calaverite will be looking to retain her undefeated status after a win on debut last year.

She trialled at Randwick’s Kensington track in September before her half-length victory over
Igraine in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) on the course proper last October.

Ridden by Sam Clipperton Cavalerite scored an upset as a 20-1 shot after settling towards the back of the field before keeping a nice straight course up the middle on the straight to score running away.

She will now run at Sydney’s other premier course at Rosehill in the Widden Stakes that will help determine how far O’Shea can take her this campaign.

O’Shea however won’t trial her at Rosehill Gardens on Tuesday leading up to her second career assignment.

“She won’t be trialling tomorrow morning now as I think she’s done enough to go straight to the races,” he told the Racing Network on Monday morning.

“She’ll go to the Widden Stakes – she doesn’t need to trial.”

The promising filly is in the mix for the two major juvenile’s races.

The first is down in Melbourne on February 28 at Caulfield for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Her major aim however is back in Sydney for a shot at the world’s richest race for two-year-olds – the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 21, a race has had his eye on since turning her out after the Gimcrack win.

Futures Blue Diamond Stakes odds at the Aussie bookies have Calaverite paying around $17 in markets led by the Robert Smerdon-trained Turffontein filly Fontiton ($4.60) who also won on debut in Moonee Valley’s Inglis Banner.

The all-in Golden Slipper betting markets at [ladbrkes] meanwhile have O’Shea’s Exceed And Excel filly Ottoman ($8) leading the way after she won at Rosehill in December and Calaverite at $19.

While Calaverite will be absent from the Rosehill trials on Tuesday, O’Shea still has a number of youngsters set for hit-outs.

He will give unraced fillies Braemar, Gauze and Ultimo a run, along with his Gimcrack Stakes runner-up Igraine in the female trials.

Colts he has lining up then include Chamarel and Alentejo who are both also unraced.

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