The wet Rosehill track in Sydney on the weekend won’t stop the Gerald Ryan-trained filly Fireworks from hopefully breaking her maiden status in the 2015 Widden Stakes on Saturday.
One of the key support races on the Expressway Stakes Day program, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) features a field of 11 two-year-old fillies including three undefeated hopefuls.
The field and likely Widden Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by the John O’Shea-trained Gimcrack Stakes winner Calaverite, along with the Gai Waterhouse-trained stablemates Giulietta and Pierrette.
All three of those fillies won on debut and are looking to retain their unbeaten records in the Widden Stakes when stepped up to Group class ahead of their Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival bids.
Drawn in barrier seven with Brenton Avdulla to ride is then Fireworks who has her third career start here.
On debut she finished second over 1000m at Gosford on December 29 on the back of a winning Rosehill trial a few days earlier.
Then last time out she ran a credible third when two lengths off one of Godolphin’s Golden Slipper prospects Holler, the Commands colt winning over 1100m on a Firm Randwick track on January 17.
“She’s done really well since her run the other day,” Ryan told Racenet speaking of Fireworks who has maintained the same weight since her trial on December 9.
“It was a huge run but in saying that if she’d jumped with them she probably would have been three and four wide the entire way on a hot speed.
“By Tommy (Berry) riding her back it gave her the chance to hit the line.
“Her sectionals were quite good, she ran the fastest last 800 metres of the day.”
Along with her speedy sectionals, Ryan said the filly’s versatility is another plus as she’s stepped up in class for the Widden Stakes.
“She was up on the speed at Gosford on debut and ran a nice second,” he said.
“She’s showed now that we can ride her back or ride her forward.”
While Fireworks is yet to run on rain-affected going, Ryan is also confident the wet weather will work in his filly’s favour this weekend.
“I think the wet track probably plays into her hands, it doesn’t worry her one bit at home,” he said.
“A lot of these horses are either first-up off freshen-ups or spells while she’s had two solid runs under her belt.”
She may be facing a field of prospects for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), run back at the track on March 21, but Fireworks herself doesn’t have the world’s richest juvenile’s race in her sights.
The best fancied of the Widden Stakes acceptors in the early Golden Slipper odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are Calaverite and Giulietta at $17, markets led by Ottoman ($8) who has been ruled out of an earlier Melbourne run in the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 28.
The Slipper however comes too soon for Fireworks who Ryan will save for bigger features either later in the autumn or when she returns in the spring at the end of the year.
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